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- 7 oz Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (1 tsp for chicken, 1 tsp for gnocchi, 1 tsp for tomatoes)
- 120 g Cherry Tomatoes, halved, (about 12 tomatoes)
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 270 g Trader Joe's Tomato Stuffed Gnocchi, (about 2 cup)
- 50 g Spinach, (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup Bone Chicken Broth
- ½ tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1 tbsp All Purpose Flour
- 4 tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic, diced
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°
- Heat a stove top pan to medium heat, while the pan is heating season the chicken breast on both sides, using black pepper and garlic powder.
- Once the pan is hot, add 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the pan.
- Place the chicken immediately in the pan, leave it there on medium heat for 2 minutes, then flip to the other side and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Both sides should start to become golden brown, but the center will still look uncooked…if not golden, give each side another minute…your pan wasn’t hot enough. Then turn the heat to low and cover the chicken with a lid.
- Let it cook for about 7 minutes, then flip and cover again for additional 7 minutes. After 7 minutes on each side covered, the chicken should be done. But this does depend on the size of the chicken breast…these times are based on a 7 oz breast.My rule of thumb is, once covered, cook the chicken for 1 minute per ounce per side, I find that this deliveres a perfect juicy chicken breast every time. It is always best to check the internal temperature of chicken before serving.
- While the chicken is cooking, blister your cherry tomatoes. Arrange the halved cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Drizzle a 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil over the tomatoes and season with a dash of pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°.
- Now that you chicken and tomatoes are underway its time to cook the star of the dish…the Gnocchi. Heat a large saute pan to medium heat.
- Add 1/2 tbsp olive oil to the hot pan and then add the gnocchi. Cook for 2 minutes tossing every 20-30 seconds.
- After 2 minutes push the gnocchi to the side of the pan, add the butter off to the side where there are no gnocchi. Once the butter has melted add the flour. Stir the flour into the butter until all the butter has soaked into the flour, and is the consistency of wet paste.
- Then add the chicken broth and almond milk to the pan. Stir the gnocchi, chicken broth, and flour mixture together until well combined. Then turn the heat up to high, bringing everything to a boil. Once boiling cook for 3 minutes…stirring consistently.
- After 3 minutes turn the temp down to a simmer and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the spinach to the pan and toss until the spinach has wilted and is evenly disbursed throughout the dish.
- Then finish it off with the blistered cherry tomatoes. Gently toss everything together, being careful not to smash the cherry tomatoes. Serve in bowls and enjoy!
- Are you trying to get better at meal planning?
- Do you find your self eating the same recipes every few weeks?
- Are you having trouble finding recipes for meal prep?
- Or are you counting macros?
If you are bored of eating the same recipes every week and answered yes to any of these question, then you are going to want to check out my notes below. Tips on how you can incorporate this tomato gnocchi and chicken bowl into your meal plan and meal prep. If you are counting macros I have also included notes on how you can easily adjust the protein, carbs, and fats to meet your macro requirements.
NOTES FOR MEAL PLANNING:
Meal planning doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of time. In fact, meal planning can be fun when you are provided with easy new recipes each week. Meal Planning can also help save money, prevent food waste, and save you time.
The best things about this bowl is it is great reheated, satisfies your craving for pasta, and can be adjusted to fit just about any macro goals.
NOTES FOR MEAL PREP:
This tomato gnocchi and chicken bowl is a wonderful recipe for meal prepping.
- You can store each serving in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Or you can store this recipe in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When its time to reheat:
- If stored in the fridge: heat in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Stirring halfway thru.
- If stored in the freezer: heat in the microwave for 4 minutes. Stirring halfway thru.
- Or pull from the freezer to defrost the night before: heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Also stirring halfway thru.
NOTES FOR COUNTING MACROS:
The main source of protein in this recipe is the chicken, making this recipe super easy to increase or decrease the amount of protein per serving.
- Every 1 ounce of chicken has 8.8 grams of protein.
The main source of carbohydrate in this bowl is the gnocchi. Adjusting the amount of gnocchi either increases or decreases the amount of carbs.
- For every 1/4 cup (34g) of gnocchi you increase or decrease the carbs by 7.2 grams.
The fat in this recipe comes mainly from the oil that the chicken and the gnocchi is cooked in. Also the butter that is used to make the rue for the sauce.
You could choose to cook the chicken less oil, or remove the oil all together. If removing all together you will want to cook the chicken in a non fat non stick cooking spray.
- For every 1 teaspoon of oil there is 4.6 grams of fat.
I would not recommend making adjustments to the amount of butter used to make the sauce, or your sauce will turn out more watered down. Which is never a good consistency.
When making adjustments to the macros in this tomato gnocchi and chicken bowl, you will want to keep in mind the number of servings you are making.
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