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Best Italian Cook: Chicken Gorgonzola Gnocchi by Emily

by Keith Brunell - Dallas, TX | Written on February 10, 2012

Being Italian, I learned early on that food was an integral part of my family’s traditions and values. This culture of food could be seen everywhere in my home, from my father’s Sunday dinners to my mother’s expertly roasted rosemary chicken. This recipe is a reflection of the passion and creativity my family dedicates to cuisine; I learned how to make the gnocchi from my father and the gorgonzola imparts a creaminess that my mother loves. I hope that you enjoy the dish and experience the same joy eating it that I have making it.

Ingredients:
1 pound of raw chicken breasts, diced into 1 inch cubes
3 garlic cloves, diced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon olive oil, then 2 tablespoons of olive oil for the pan
10 oz. of cremini mushrooms, sliced
dash of marjoram
dash of red pepper flakes
1/3 cup dry white wine
½ cup chicken broth
8 oz. gorgonzola cheese
2 pounds of homemade or store bought gnocchi
chopped parsley, to garnish

Instructions:
1. Set a pot of water to boil on the stove for the gnocchi.

2. In the meantime, combine the diced chicken through the red pepper flakes in a large glass bowl and mix, making sure to evenly distribute the spices. Set aside.

3. In a large sauté pan, bring the two tablespoons of olive oil to a simmer.

4. Add the meat and mushrooms mixture, allowing chicken to sauté.

5. After the 5 minutes, add the white wine to the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for a few minutes, and then add the chicken broth and gorgonzola cheese to the pan.

6. Place the gnocchi in the boiling water as the gorgonzola and chicken broth thicken and add the spinach to the pan.

7. When the gnocchi begin to float to the top of the water, strain them and add them to the pan.

8. Fold chicken gorgonzola gnocchi to combine and check sauce; if it thinly coats a wooden spoon, then the dish is done.

9. Place in bowls and garnish with parsley.

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  • Bethmiles10

    This sounds like it would ne rich and wonderful. I love gorgonzola!

  • Bethmiles10

    This sounds like it would ne rich and wonderful. I love gorgonzola!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rroussel Reed Roussel

    Step 6 says add the spinach, but there is no spinach listed in the ingredients – how much and what type (fresh or frozen) 

  • Pat

    All my favorite foods in one dish YUMMMMMMMMM

  • Phyllis-briggs

    Must make. I was introduced to  gnocchi in the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup. Delicious. But where is the spinach??

  • Phyllis-briggs

    Must make. I was introduced to  gnocchi in the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup. Delicious. But where is the spinach??

  • Carole Conti

    I also liked this recipe as much.  Cannot wait to try it, but where in the list of ingredients was the spinach.  Did not see it but was referred to in the recipe instructions

  • Pamela Erickson

    This has every delicious and luscious flavor you can want! Smooth and rich tangy Gorgonzola and earthy mushrooms.  AWESOME!! This took me hardly any time to make and the kudos were given after the first bite!

  • Alan

    We are in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on vacation and I juts bought gorgonzola at the organic market so how could I not choose this one the best. But I liked all the other 4 as well. Can I taste  them all when we return to the north suburbs of Chicago?
    Alan

  • Cookee

    AMAZING!  Just love how it is so creamy and smooth….the gorgonzola gives it a boost.  Sinple to make and everyone at the table loved it, even my youngest (that is saying something cuz she hates everything!)  Absolutely my FAVORITE!!!

  • Fans4u2

    I have never eaten at Maggiano’s yet, I just moved here from Ohio about 5 mon. ago. I use my GPS just about everywhere I go. I love this type food. I will make it, and get back with a message on the taste later.
       Diana

  • Smynings30082

    You can add almost anything to your gnocchi and I will be totally satisfied!!

  • Newrover2

    This is it! Wow!! I vote for this one

  • Olganegrini

    Please put it on your menu

  • Olganegrini

    Please put it on your menu

  • Sabrina

    Finally, something without pork! Way to go, got my vote for sure:)

  • Sabrina

    Finally, something without pork! Way to go, got my vote for sure:)

  • Chuck Conaway

    Sounds  excellent, just like my wife’s mother – from Villa Rosa, Sicily – used to make. My wife’s father,  from Riva del Gado in the northern Italy, loved to too, even though he was more into the meats, rabbits included… Chuck Conaway.

  • Chuck Conaway

    Sounds  excellent, just like my wife’s mother – from Villa Rosa, Sicily – used to make. My wife’s father,  from Riva del Gado in the northern Italy, loved to too, even though he was more into the meats, rabbits included… Chuck Conaway.

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to trying it when in Atlanta. Sounds really good

  • Raeger

    This sounds absolutely wonderful…….I look forward to ordering it……….

  • Ramon Sanchez

    Is this on the Old Orchard menu?!?!

  • Ramon Sanchez

    Is this on the Old Orchard menu?!?!

  • Dingozmom

    fantastic. Anything with blue cheese or gorganzola is terrific. I’ll try this at  home.

  • Edward Mir

    Fantastic

  • Edward Mir

    Fantastic

  • Isdougherty

    No mushrooms!! And…gnocchi MUST be HOMEMADE.  Other than that, sounds awesome!!

  • Michele l. James

    Chicken and mushrooms are such a great combination.

  • Michele l. James

    Chicken and mushrooms are such a great combination.

  • Michele l. James

    Chicken and mushrooms are such a great combination.

  • Rosanne

    Sound like a winner to me.  Easy to prepare and delicious.

  • Rosanne

    Sound like a winner to me.  Easy to prepare and delicious.

  • Aquajan52

    This is the one I am voting for!!!  Love gnocchi and with the chicken & gorgonzola, that would certainly be delis!!! – :>)

  • Grandma Jean

    Absolutely fabulous–would recommend to all.

  • cgorgazzi

    Nothing better than a creamy cheese sauce to go with chicken and potatoes.

  • Amreindiamonds

    Gorgonzola is the answer to many prayers!

  • Jbeaz2

    hard to decide so many wonderful dishes. but this one was something unique and i look forward to seeing it on the menu and trying it.

  • Josie

    I would love to eat this. The flavor combination is exquisite.

  • Josie

    I would love to eat this. The flavor combination is exquisite.

  • Mela526

    This has my vote. Anything with gorgonzola cheese is a winner as far as I’m concerned and gnocchi with gorgonzola is so different from the usual potato or plain cheese. 

  • Mela526

    This has my vote. Anything with gorgonzola cheese is a winner as far as I’m concerned and gnocchi with gorgonzola is so different from the usual potato or plain cheese. 

  • Herbsophie

    It can’t get any better… 

  • Don’t use my name

    good

  • Emily P

    Carole,

    I apologize for forgetting the spinach in my original submission. I messaged Maggianos to let them know about my misprint but they must’ve forgotten to add my proportions. Either way, I would use about 2 cups fresh chopped spinach for this size recipe. I hope this helps!

  • Ktebay

    Step 6 – add the spinach?? What spinach? I don’t see any spinach in the list of ingredients.

  • Emily P

    Phyllis-briggs,

    Carole (in the above comment) mentioned the same thing and I answered her question: use about 2 cups fresh chopped spinach. Apologies for my omission! I had to record as I was going since I usually don’t work from a recipe. Either way, I hope you enjoy! :)

  • Emily P

    Reed,

    I used two cups fresh chopped spinach; however, if you only have frozen on hand, that would probably suffice. Just reduce the measurement to about 1/2 cup frozen spinach and be sure to drain it beforehand.

  • Emily P

    Isodougherty,

    I agree; homemade gnocchi is the way to go! As for the mushrooms, I promise that if you choose to omit them the dish will still be fine. Sometimes I doctor the recipe to include eggplant or sundried tomatoes as well, so feel free to experiment! Thank you for the kind comment!

  • Sandi

    Sounds delicious and different. Hope it makes the menu!

  • Ummy34

    anything with gorgonzola gets my vot!

  • Emily P

    Ktebay,

    I apologize that spinach is missing in the ingredients. It should read “2 cups of fresh chopped spinach”. Thanks for the comment!

  • Cecilia De Vaul

    I can’t wait till it’s on the menu.  I’ll be right there.  100%, my vote

  • Robin

    I tried gnocchi for the first time at Maggiano’s… been a fan ever since. I have to vote for this one!

  • Lee B

    First time I ever ate at Maggianos was when I came to Charlotte NC and I love their food! Hope this makes their menu as it sounds wonderful; I would definitely try ~ sounds, oh sooooo delicioso!!

  • Veena Kapur

    I will vote for this receipe

  • Anita

    I’m with you.  This dish sounds awesome but I would substitute something else for the mushrooms.  I love alomst anything with white chicken.  I vote for this.  Put it on the menu in Orlando & I will be there…. YUM (& the addition of spinach just makes it that much better).  Bring it on….. 

  • Samaljack

    I love gnocci- this is amazing!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NKKS4SNPJUVNHBQX4DJO7R5MS4 Amy

    It sounds so rich and wonderful; it certainly would fit right in on Maggianos menu. I am sure it would be my new favorite

  • Pasquaberry

    Sounds great! I vote for this one!

  • Stephanie

    Looks mouth watering! i vote this dish!

  • Kagenter

    Sounds delish. It may be improved by adding cherry or sliced roma tomatoes at the end of the sautee for a more colorful presentation and improved nutritional value as well.

  • Crawdaddy

    Sounds great, but what spinach (how much – fresh, frozen or canned) ?

  • Psnider

    T?his is the one I want.

  • Laura

    One question:  did you make the ghocchi?

  • Hiltonjana

    Sounds delicious

  • Csosa

    Sounds awesome!!! 

  • Emily P

    Laura,

    Not on this occasion, but normally I do. Thank you for your comment!

  • Sisen

    sounds yummy!

  • Red Sauce Lover!

    Family lives in Tosa.  Visit often and love Italian Food.  Will have to try…..a gift card would help push me over.

  • Didi

    Sounds delish to me!!

  • Nick

    Add caramelized onions and I’d order this every time!

  • Toporm

    sounds delicious!  Add to menu.

  • Seattlemom

    Yum.  Looks strumtious

  • Jls

    sounds amazing—has all the right flavors!

  • Eclipse775566

    This is it!!  Sounds Great!! 

  • TLB

    It says 2 c. fresh, chopped spinach

  • Patricia Warner

    Definitely want to have the opportunity to try this one! It’s also nice to have the recipe, but I’d rather leave the cooking to Maggiano’s.

  • Gailsid

    sounds great..I will give it a try and then compare it to yours at the restaurant

  • Barbobchaus

    I, too, grew up surrounded by the love of an Italian family.  Being 2nd generation in the USA, I was proud of my grandparents who had come to make their home here-not knowing English but learning to speak the language.  They were hard workers & shared their love of their homeland & its foods with all of us.  Filled pastas & gnocchi was fun time spent in the kitchen with my grandma proudly teaching me.  This recipe sounds delicious and is another way of serving gnocchi.  Since I don’t care to have a Face Book account my vote won’t be counted but I sure hope to see this on the menu on one of my visits to Maggiano’s!

  • Janet

    This sounds like a winner-  I’ll top with spinach rather than parsley.  Anf you can buy very good frozen gnocchi.
    Easy enough for me to do…

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