This recipe was the ultimate comfort food! The flavors are best described as a upgrade on Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes. The Chicken and the Potato Gnocchi with that sauce…YUM! Then the spinach and mushroom just give it an earthy flavor that I love. This recipe will be made often in our house!
When I first made this, I got all chef-y and decided to make gnocchi homemade for the first time. It is surprisingly easy. I just cooked the potatoes early in the day, put them through this potato ricer and let them cool. I’m always up for a challenge when it involves making food taste better!
I made the dough and dumplings right before I needed them for the dish. I used Lidia Bastianich’s recipe for homemade gnocchi. Lidia says you can make the recipe all the way to the dumpling stage and then freeze the dumplings immediately after making them up. When ready to use, just put them in the boiling water from frozen.
One of the things I like the most about this is that I can prep most of it in advance, and have very little to do before dinner. That is why I like to include the “Prep Ahead” section on my recipes, if possible. That is so important because we are all so busy! This is truly an amazing plate of food!
An issue I have a lot with “casserole” dishes with chicken, is getting the chicken cooked correctly before it goes in the dish. I have been working on this problem for years. I have baked, boiled, crock-potted, and grilled the chicken for recipes that call for it to be pre-cooked. One problem with it is the unevenness of the chicken breasts. I don’t like to pound it for recipes like this. So, I have kind of devised a way that works really well for chopped up chicken breast. You can find my secret in my Cooking Tips, How to Pre-Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast to Chop Up for Recipes.
Of course you can always just buy a rotisserie chicken, but I feel the meat is not firm enough for many “chopped cooked chicken” recipes. I don’t mean firm as in tough. Just that it holds together well in the recipe. Although I love using a rotisserie chicken for soups!
I have no doubt that this recipe will become a regular on your family menu!