Chicken Bacon Ranch Gnocchi is super yummy and the ultimate comfort food!  CBR for short, is another one of my favorite flavor combinations, and when paired with gnocchi?  Even better yet!  The gnocchi are fluffy and pillowy, the chicken is tender and moist, the bacon is salty and crisp, and the burst of ranch brings it together in each bite.  It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal your whole family will love.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease and let cool.  Once cool, chop and set aside.  You can use more than 5 slices of bacon if you prefer your dish to be bacon heavy or substitute and use turkey bacon if you prefer.

Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken (pre-sliced) and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the chicken is completely cooked through, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.  This should take about 6-7 minutes.

Add the garlic, stir to combine, and continue to heat for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.  Then, reduce the heat to low.  Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, ranch seasoning, gnocchi (uncooked), and bacon (save some bacon for topping).  Stir to combine, cover, and let cook for 5-6 minutes.  The liquid might start to simmer and that’s OK.  The nice part about this dish is the gnocchi cooks in the same pan with the other ingredients so you don’t have extra dishes.  Stir occasionally to prevent the gnocchi from sticking to each other or the bottom of the skillet.


Now you want to uncover the skillet, stir, and continue to cook until the gnocchi are soft and tender.  You can sample a piece to check for doneness.  This is also good quality control 😊 Some of the liquid will absorb into the gnocchi and chicken while cooking so you might notice less sauce and thicker sauce than when you started.

Add the parmesan and stir to combine and melt.  Serve immediately – garnish with extra chopped bacon and grated parmesan (this is optional).  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

This recipe is so easy yet so flavorful.  You can customize it to meet your needs too; use rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breasts, use store-bought bacon crumbles instead of preparing your own bacon, add some shredded mozzarella cheese, maybe top with some hot sauce or chopped chives, etc.  You can really make it your own.  It also holds up well if you have leftovers and want to enjoy them the next day.

Happy Cooking!

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