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Chicken pesto gnocci bake

A delicious oven baked dish in less than an hour

50 mins
8 ingredients
$6.75 / person
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Chicken pesto gnocci bake


Serves = 5

1 kg chicken breast fillets

500g packet gnocchi

1 yellow capsicum, chopped into 1cm long pieces

500g cherry tomatoes, halved

2 zucchinis, chopped into 1cm long pieces

¼ cup basil pesto

250g baby spinach

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

It’s this easy

  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Prepare a large oven proof dish with baking paper
  • Heat up 1 tbspn olive oil in a large fry pan
  • Cook chicken breast fillets in the fry pan for 8-10 minutes on each side
  • Once cooked, shred chicken into small pieces using a fork
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi according to packet instructions
  • Drain gnocchi, setting aside 1 cup of the water it was cooked in
  • In the prepared oven proof dish, toss the capsicum, tomatoes and zucchini and drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven to bake for 10–15 minutes, or until softened.
  • Combine pesto with gnocchi cooking water, then add to the dish along with the gnocchi, tossing gently.
  • Stir in chicken and spinach.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and bake for a further 10–15 minutes or until golden


  • To make it vegetarian – swap out the chicken for shredded tofu, mushrooms or brown lentils
  • Add in extra vegetables including artichokes, broccoli and celery to bulk up the meal
  • Try making your own pesto


Nutrition Information (per serve):

  • Energy (2188kJ)
  • Protein (54.4g)
  • Total fat (17.1g)
  • Saturated fat (3.8g)
  • Carbohydrate (33.4g); Starch (28.9g), Sugars (4.6g), Added sugars (0g), Free sugars (0g)
  • Dietary fibre (7.1g)
  • Sodium (660mg)
  • Calcium (175mg)
  • Iron (3.7mg)


Contains: Gluten, Dairy, Wheat, FODMAPs.
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