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Gnocchi with Chicken and Spinach

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I have been craving a tasty gnocchi dish lately. The only problem was I didn’t want it to be too high in points.

So I started thinking about what I could do to make a gnocchi dish that I liked, while keeping it low in points.

That’s when I came up with this gnocchi with chicken and spinach.

It has a cream sauce, gnocchi, chicken and spinach. Between the gnocchi and chicken it is a very filling dish and only 6 Freestyle points per serving.

This is the gnocchi that I bought:

I found it with the dry pasta. I used the WW bar code scanner to find out the points.

For the first time ever….the wrong food showed up on my scanner! It came up as waffles. I was like huh…this definitely isn’t waffles.

Not a big deal, I just created my own food in the WW app. This particular gnocchi came out to 5 points per serving, and there are 4 servings total.

I feel like I always say this, but you definitely want to always double check the points in your recipe. Different brands can change the point total in a recipe.

To make this recipe even easier I bought a rotisserie chicken. This recipe was done in less than 30 minutes!

I also bought fresh baby spinach and had fresh garlic cloves (minced using my favorite garlic press).

For the creamy sauce I used fat-free chicken broth, fat-free half and half and cornstarch.

I started the recipe by cooking the gnocchi. It only took 2-3 minutes, then I drained the water.

While the gnocchi was cooking I started to saute the garlic. I sprayed some no-stick olive oil spray into a heated cast iron skillet, and added the minced garlic. I let that cook for one minute, making sure to not let it burn.

(If you don’t have a cast iron skillet you can use a frying pan.)

Next I added 1 cup of chicken broth to the garlic, then I added the spinach. I let that cook a couple of minutes.

Then I added the half and half and stirred it.

I added the cornstarch to a couple tablespoons of chicken broth and added that to the pan. I also added salt, pepper, and dried minced onion.

I let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes (while stirring), until the sauce had thickened and reduced some. Then I added the chicken and gnocchi and mixed it together.

That’s it! Dinner was served. 🙂

Gnocchi with Chicken and Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Yield: 4 servings (5 points per serving for blue, green and purple)

Course: Main Course
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. gnocchi
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (only use the chicken breasts)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • No-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Optional: red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese. Add additional points for the Parmesan cheese.
Instructions
  1. Cook gnocchi according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat a cast iron skillet (or frying pan). Spray with no-stick cooking spray and add the garlic. Saute the garlic for 1 minute, making sure the garlic doesn't burn.

  3. Add the chicken broth and the spinach. Cook for a few minutes, until the spinach is cooked.

  4. Add the half and half, stir. Bring to a simmer.

  5. Mix the cornstarch with 1-2 tablespoons of chicken broth or water. Add to the pan. Simmer (while stirring) until the sauce thickens and reduces somewhat.

  6. Add the gnocchi and chicken. Serve!

If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.

If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!

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