Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi

And it’s one pot! One pan, I mean. A skillet. Whatever you have. Never mind.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

Okay this is like, the unofficial slash official gateway to fall for your mouth. Just the words ROSEMARY CHICKEN feel like they should under a giant leaf pile. In a sweater. Or a navy blazer. (ordered one from J.Crew! I’ll keep you posted on if I look like a secretary from the ’80s. Which would be rad.)

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

Look at me all BONE-IN and SKIN-ON with my thighs. Okay, I hated all those words just now. But I hardly ever cook with all that skin and bones! Still hated those words. There’s like, so much skin on those thighs! Hating. words.

But all the cool people cook thighs this way, so I fell into cooking peer pressure, and here we are, folks.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

So what you’re going to do is sear these thighs. Mainly to get that skin brown and crispy. Tiny bit of butter, teensy drizzle of oil, and about 13 minutes later this is your life.

I WILL SAY, that skin will give off quite a bit of fat, so drain some of it off right now, if you wish.


With the fat. Drain it.

“You were going to drink the fat.” (name that show.)

I’ll chill.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

You’ve added a little bit of stock, you let it simmer, and then you added the gnocchi and it simmers away for another five, until the gnocchi has turned into delightful little pillows of mouth glory.

Not to mention the CHARRED LEMON in it, all luscious and acidic and ready to party.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

Rosemary – check.

Her baby – not happenin’.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks

Garnish with a ton of fresh parmesan cheese and extra lemon if you feel it needs another little boost, and dinner is DONE.

As far as that crispy skin, I stuck it under the broiler for another five minutes because I’m a gangster like that. And I have a feeling you are, too.

Make this! Stupid simple, lots of fall-ish depth, and it’s carbs and chicken, soooooo.

Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi / Bev Cooks


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  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 2 lemons, one sliced, one for garnish
  • 1 large Rosemary stem
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried gnocchi
  • Freshly grated parmesan, for garnish
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the oil and 1 Tbs. butter in a large skillet over medium high. Season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and place them in the skillet, skin side down. Let sear for a good five minutes, then flip and sear another five. At this point, slice one lemon and arrange the lemon slices in the pan with the chicken. After the second five minutes, flip the chicken one more time, where it’s skin-side up again, and flip the lemon wedges, too. Move them around if they’re getting a little charred. But that’s good.
  2. If you need to drain off any excess fat at this point, go ahead!
  3. Add the chicken stock and a good pinch of fresh rosemary leaves to the pan, and bring to a light boil. Let the chicken cook in the stock another three minutes, then add the gnocchi, making sure each gnocchi is nestled in the sauce. Also make sure not to pour the stock on top of the chicken, because we want that skin crispy, man! Cover and let cook 3-5 minutes, on a medium heat, or until the gnocchi is softened and soaking up the liquid. Add in that last Tbs. of butter and a good squeeze of lemon juice, and gently stir it all together.
  4. Transfer the pan to the broiler, if the skin needs some extra crisping. About five minutes is all she needs.
  5. Garnish with fresh rosemary and parmesan cheese, and dive in!
  6. Serves four.

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I won’t say bone-in, or skin-on ever again. Promzee.


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20 Responses to Rosemary Chicken Gnocchi

  1. Candace September 11, 2018 at 8:19 am #
    Ahh! I love the Princess Bride! excellent reference! Looks delicious Bev! Wish I could make it to your Golden and Pine party that Emily from Boozy Bungalow put up on insta!
  2. Kylie September 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm #
    Dinner done in about half hour and a Princess Bride reference. You are the lady! :) Looks like this will be happening sometime in the next week for me, yum! Thank you.
  3. Amanda September 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm #
    I’m a teacher and today my principal had on a navy blazer and I immediately thought of you. She looked so good in it! And now I need a navy blazer in my life too.
  4. Meredith Dempsey September 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm #
    I just ordered a navy blazer from J Crew as well! 40% off, woo hoo! Also, you can NOT go wrong with gnocchi any day of the week ;-)
  5. Sheenam @ Thetwincookingproject September 12, 2018 at 9:15 am #
    Oh my!! This chicken gnocchi looks absolutely delicious!!
  6. Trisha September 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm #
    I heart gnocchi and this looks great! Thanks for sharing!!
  7. Jackie September 13, 2018 at 9:13 pm #
    Made it. Loved it, and will be making it again.
  8. alison prescott September 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm #
    i must say this is deliciouso! the one tiny thing i did differently was to introduce garlic to the equation, because garlic. yummy!
  9. Sarah Penna September 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm #
    Just made this an OH MY GOSH it's so good and easy. Question: mine had a slight bitter aftertaste. Do you think that I used too much lemon? Or what would you suggest to minimize that in the future? can't wait to make it again.
    • Kelly September 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm #
      I just made this for dinner and had the same thing happen! Chicken was delicious but the gnocchi was bitter. I squeezed half of a lemon into the pan at the end. Would definitely make again if I can avoid the bitterness!
  10. CJ | A Well-Read Tart October 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm #
    I made this recipe this weekend, and it was DELICIOUS. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, but I made sure to sear them really well on both sides, and that made all the difference in taste AND color. And the gnocchi...they turned out like plump little pillows of happiness. I may never go back to making them without this lemon sauce again. Thanks for the amazing recipe! Will post a photo on my Instagram feed soon! :-D
  11. Tina January 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm #
    Not sure what went wrong but my dish came out way to lemony and bitter
    • Kayleigh June 20, 2020 at 8:09 pm #
      Mine also came out with bitter gnocchi, and I love lemon and cook with it as much as possible! I think next time I’m going to save the lemon for the very last step rather than cooking the gnocchi with it.
    • Kimmy February 13, 2022 at 11:21 pm #
      Mine came out too lemony ? too! Next time, should probably take out lemon after several minutes. ?
  12. Jessica September 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm #
    Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs?
    • Bev Weidner September 18, 2020 at 8:39 am #
      You can! It just won't be AS flavorful. Thighs are just supreme. :)
  13. Nico November 18, 2020 at 6:20 pm #
    This was the worst recipe I ever tried. So bad. I followed the recipe I believe to a T however it might be pretty unclear. What a waste of food.
  14. Doreen January 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm #
    Do you have a brand of gnocchi you like?
  15. Kimmy February 13, 2022 at 10:47 pm #
    This was ? delish! Definitely adding in my cookbook! I didn't follow the exact recipe, but it was bomb! Thanks!


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