Cozy and comforting, this skillet gnocchi with chicken and tomato sauce is on your table in under 30 minutes — perfect for busy nights!

Partial image of large skillet containing gnocchi with chicken and tomato sauce.

The theme for this month might just be “one pan.” One pan meals are making all my wildest dreams come true. Okay, maybe wildest isn’t the right word. Maybe this would be better: Tired-busy-just-let-go-of-my-assistant-and-I-am-exhausted-mommy dreams? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. 

Partial image of overhead view of skillet gnocchi, garnished with parsley leaves, on white and black striped cloth.

Anyone care if we focus on one pan meals instead of cookies? Just kidding. Let’s compromise and do some of each. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I shared a couple great one pot/pan/dish recipes including vegetarian lasagna soup, one dish Italian chicken and rice bake, and baked chicken Parmesan with broccoli, and I have a couple more coming this week, homemade hamburger helper and homemade hot pockets. Your kids will love the hot pockets, and I have to admit, the adults in my household love them, too!

There is such joy and beauty in making only ONE PAN dirty at dinnertime. Am I alone on this? Nothing makes me happier than a small stack of dishes after dinner. The only thing standing between me and family time (and then bedtimes), are dinner dishes, lunch making and coffee prep for the next morning. After those tasks, it’s to the living room floor for games, puzzles, books, or whatever we decide to do that night.

Skillet with wooden spoon inserted into gnocchi dish.

About this skillet gnocchi

For this super simple recipe, I use chicken breasts that I had already cooked (read about my method here), keeping this recipe to 25 minutes. You could easily cook the chicken in the pan before adding the sauce — it would only add a few more minutes to the cooking time. It would also work great with that rotisserie chicken that I know you have in your fridge at least once a week. If you prefer using chicken thighs, go for it. 

One of the great things about this skillet gnocchi recipe is the gnocchi cooks right in the sauce. Thus making it one pan. See how that works? For another delicious skillet gnocchi recipe, try Gnocchi with Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes. So good!

The other great thing about this recipe? That mozzarella melted on the top. Oh yes. 

Enjoy! More relaxation, fewer dishes.

Psst! Unsure of how to pronounce “gnocchi”? My mom actually won’t order gnocchi in a restaurant because she knows she’ll say it wrong. I looked it up on YouTube and it sounds like this: nee-oan-kee. The “oan” part you kind of say in your nose. There, now you won’t be in my mom’s predicament (are you reading this, mom?).

Skillet with wooden spoon inserted into gnocchi dish.

PS: Unsponsored, BUT I love DeLallo whole wheat gnocchi, in fact I’ve never seen whole wheat gnocchi from another brand. I’m sure it exists…but maybe not? If you’re a gnocchi fan (or even if you’re not!), try one pan vegetarian Gnocchi with Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes. It’s so good!

I also like to use Rao’s Homemade pasta sauce when using a jarred sauce but you could grab anything with a short ingredient list and low sugar content. I’m always extra careful because N is allergic to sesame which can unfortunately be lurking in ingredients such as “natural flavor” and “seasonings,” so I look to avoid those things as well.

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Overhead of skillet gnocchi with tomatoes and mozzarella, garnished with chopped parsley.

Skillet Gnocchi with Chicken and Tomato Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cozy and comforting, this skillet gnocchi with chicken and tomato sauce is on your table in under 30 minutes — perfect for busy nights!


  • 1 jar (24 oz) tomato basil pasta sauce (I like Rao’s Homemade or any type with a short ingredient list)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 16 oz whole wheat potato gnocchi (I use Delallo)
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced or shredded (about 3 cups diced chicken)
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large high-sided skillet, heat pasta sauce and tomatoes over high heat until they come to a simmer (about five minutes).
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add gnocchi and stir to combine and make sure that gnocchi are covered with sauce.
  3. Cover and cook for five minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for five minutes, remove cover and stir.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top; cover and cook for five more minutes.
  6. Serve topped with fresh basil and/or parsley if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 10gSugar: 2gProtein: 37g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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