Spicy Chicken Gnocchi as served at Haute Quarter Grill in Anchorage, AK, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, season 35.
Recipe courtesy of Haute Quarter Grill

Spicy Chicken Gnocchi

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min
  • Active: 1 hr 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Gnocchi Dough:

Garlic Cream:


To Finish:

Blackening Seasoning:


Special equipment:
a food mill
  1. For the gnocchi dough: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Roast the potatoes until fork tender, about 1 hour, then let cool. When the potatoes are just warm to the touch, scoop out the insides into a food mill and mill into a large bowl. Add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, pepper and egg yolks and gently incorporate. Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough just comes together. Turn out the dough on a floured surface and knead the dough, working quickly, until the dough loses its stickiness and becomes more solid. Shape small portions of the dough into long ropes 1/2-inch wide and cut with a knife into 1/2-inch-long squares. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi in batches, stirring gently once or twice to ensure that they are not sticking. Boil until they float to the surface, then drain and set to the side.
  4. For the garlic cream: In a stockpot over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the garlic and simmer until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cream, salt and pepper and simmer on low heat, occasionally stirring, for 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, start the gremolata: Rough-chop the Italian parsley and sun-dried tomatoes, then add to a bowl and stir in the lemon zest and garlic. Set to the side.
  6. To finish: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. In a large oven-safe sauté pan, add the clarified butter and heat to medium-high. Sprinkle the chicken breasts on both sides with the Blackening Seasoning and add to the pan. Sear each side for 3 minutes, then finish in the oven for 3 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice into 4 pieces.
  8. Add the gnocchi and Gorgonzola cheese to your simmering garlic cream sauce and let cook until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Place the blackened chicken on top and garnish with the gremolata, green onions and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Blackening Seasoning:

  1. Stir together the paprika, sugar, cayenne, granulated garlic and onion, salt, black pepper, white pepper, oregano and thyme in a small bowl.