Buffalo Chicken Gnocchi

Jonathan, The Candid Appetite

This Buffalo chicken gnocchi comes together quickly, with only a handful of ingredients. Aside from browning the chicken and vegetables in butter at the beginning, by adding a few pats of butter at the very end it helps to create a smooth and silky pan sauce. As an added bonus, the fat in the butter also mellows out the spice from the buffalo sauce.
10 min Prep Time
30 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Servings: 4

Servings: 4


  • 1 (16-ounce) package gnocchi
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce (more or else depending on your spice level)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup celery leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sliced scallions
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese


Step 1

Fill a large pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Season liberally with salt and add in the gnocchi. Cook it about a minute shy of what the package states and then drain.

Step 2

Set a large skillet, with high sides, over moderate heat with 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add in the drained gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and crispy, about 5 to 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the gnocchi onto a plate.

Step 3

Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to the plate with the gnocchi.

Step 4

Add another 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Once melted, add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 5

Stir in the hot sauce and heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Return the gnocchi and chicken to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes longer. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to create a smooth and silky sauce.

Step 6

Remove from the heat and garnish with celery leaves, scallions and blue cheese before serving.