Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi

This chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi: This gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

I love pasta but if you gave me a choice of pasta or gnocchi I will pick gnocchi every time. It’s fluffy, ready in just minutes and never gets weird and mushy like leftover pasta.

Although if I’m being honest I actually don’t mind leftover pasta. My favorite breakfast dish is leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, re-heated in the microwave and topped with lots of Parmesan cheese. I seriously could eat that every single morning.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi: This gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

Yeah, I’m one of those weird people who eat non-breakfast food for breakfast. I guess I’m a rebel with my breakfast consumption.

I actually ate this dish for breakfast leftovers the day after I made it. I couldn’t help it – chicken, bacon, pumpkin AND gnocchi? There was no way I was waiting until lunch to dig into those leftovers. The thing I liked best is that because the creamy pumpkin sauce is made using cream cheese you don’t have to worry about the sauce breaking and becoming a oily mess when you re-heat the dish.

I mean unless a broken oily sauce is your kind of thing.

Which would be weird if I’m being honest.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi: This gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

If wondering about that amazing looking bacon it’s from Jones Dairy Farm. I have been working with them for about 6 months and cannot get over how amazing their pork tastes!

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Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi

This chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages gnocchi (about 2 pounds)
  • 8 strips bacon, diced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup half and half (or whole milk)
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 green onions, sliced

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add gnocchi and cook according to package directions.

Once cooked drain, drizzle with a little olive oil (to keep moist and from sticking together) and set aside.

Set a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Fry until crispy and remove from pan to a paper towel lined plate to help drain off any remaining fat.

To the pan add diced chicken and season with kosher salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

If there is a lot (more than a tablespoon) of fat remaining in the pan, drain and then add cream cheese.. If not skip the draining and directly add in cream cheese. Stir gently until it starts to melt.

Add in pumpkin puree, Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, chipotle chile powder and garlic powder. Stir to combine.

Add in half and half and stir until combined.

Add gnocchi, chicken and bacon to the pan. Stir together and let sauce cook for 5 minutes to warm the gnocchi and chicken throughout. At this point the sauce should have thickened up nicely. If the sauce is too thick add a little more half and half, if it's too thick let it cook down just a little more.

Taste the dish and season with kosher salt and pepper if needed.

Sprinkle the finished dish with green onions and serve immediately.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. As always all ideas and thoughts are 100% my own.

36 Responses to “Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi”

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    T — October 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

    You are totally about the facebook de-friend me…but, I have never tried gnocchi! I know, I’m judging myself.
    But, with chicken bacon and pumpkin? I’ll try anything! This looks FAB lady! Pinned!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — October 17, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Can I come over for breakfast? or dinner? As long as this is served!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I’m ashamed to admit I’ve still never try gnocchi but I really want to and yours looks fabulous!!!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — October 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I could definitely enjoy this any time of day! Delish!

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    Kristen — October 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

    You are killing it with these recipes lately! This gnocchi is out of this world!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — October 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Seriously Brandy – I want to move in and just have you cook for me…this looks amazing!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

    oh my gawd, Brandy. . this is why I love you. non breakfast foods for breakfast and this gnocchi. Damn girl. I have two packages of gnocchi in my pantry right now. . I think I have to try this, like today. . I mean, damn, this sauce?!!! REALLY? brilliant and love love love!

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    Aggie — October 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Oh man, I am smitten with this pumpkin sauce. This looks amazing!!

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    Jordan @ Smile Sandwich — October 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

    So many things about this:

    1. I think I just tried to eat my screen.
    2. I would choose gnocchi over pasta too!
    3. Non-breakfast foods for breakfast … I’m totally with you on that!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

    You make the best stuff. You got a room for me to move into for the next month until my husband comes home?

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — October 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This is some seriously good-looking gnocchi. Pass the plate.

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    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love love love this pumpkin sauce!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    This pumpkin gnocchi looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out.

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — October 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Julia — October 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This looks so comforting and creamy. I love the combination of bacon and pumpkin!

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    Caroly — October 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Yum! I can’t eat the gnocchi but I would happily eat the rest. Love Jones Dairy Farm!

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    fabiola@notjustbaked — October 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This is heaven in my face! I love gnocchi, creamy pumpkin and and bacon. Yummy!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I should NOT have looked at this while starving. Now, I can’t live without it!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — October 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Gawd this looks great! I’d totally eat this for breakfast….cold, straight outta the fridge 😉

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    Heather // girlichef — October 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I agree with you, I would choose gnocchi over pasta anytime. I cannot resist those little pillows of delight! I would not turn this away for any meal of the day (or night)….it looks incredibly, mouthwateringly wonderful.

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    Bea — October 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I also could eat Spaghetthi with meat sauce every day for breakfast; but my preferred way is cold. Oh yes :)

    Oh yes, gnocchi are fantastic – but don’t make me choose between gnocchi or pasta. I love them both! Your dish looks amazing and super delicious!

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    kita — October 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I think I just drooled a little… Cant say I will choose one over the other, but when your gnocchi looks this good, its hard to stand my ground.

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — October 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I would pick Gnocchi over pasta, too!! Yum!!
    Your recipe looks fantastic and your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — October 18, 2014 at 1:25 am

    This looks like comfort on a plate!

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    Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — October 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Gnocchi over pasta ALL the way. 😀 I am dying over all this bacon/pumpkin carby goodness!

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    Meseidy — October 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Lady you are genius! Love this fall twist with gnocchi!

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — October 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    The number one sign of a great dinner is that you crave the leftovers for breakfast. I love the idea of a cream sauce that won’t break when reheated!

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — October 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I need to learn how to make that sauce. The color is fantastic and I bet the taste it’s as well.

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — October 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

    What beautiful comfort food :)

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    Savita @ ChefDeHome — September 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    This is such a genius recipe! Really loving the lush color of this sauce too! A musty try for me! pinned

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    Janet — October 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Would this work for a freezer meal??

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 25th, 2016 @ 10:42 pm

      Hi Janet! I’m not really sure! I have never frozen it before so I can’t really recommend or not recommend.

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