Easy Gnocchi Chicken Soup

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Add a pasta-inspired twist to a comfort food favorite with this fast recipe for Easy Gnocchi Chicken Soup.

Gnocchi chicken soup in two bowls with a bowl of fresh thyme

I’m kicking off the fall soup season with a twist on good ol’ chicken noodle soup, but we’re making a very key substitution: Gone are the noodles, and in their place, pillowy gnocchi!

I’ve found that there are two teams in life, Team Gnocchi and Team Noodle. And while gnocchi technically is pasta, many purists would argue that potatoes don’t constitute a proper base for all things penne, macaroni, spaghetti and so on.

Carrots, onions and celery in a stock pot

But when it comes to comforting soups that take minutes to make, Easy Gnocchi Chicken Soup gets my vote over the noodle version any day. There’s just something about the potato dumplings soaking up the garlicky chicken flavor and their characteristic bite that lends welcome substance to an otherwise broth-based main dish.

Fresh gnocchi being added to a stock pot of chicken soup

Opt for your favorite store-bought refrigerated gnocchi to keep this recipe super fast, or go the DIY route with the homemade version (either regular or sweet potato!).

And the real dinner-winner here is that the chicken breasts are cooked directly in the stock pot, which makes this soup the ultimate one-pot wonder. Sprinkle on a few fresh thyme leaves for an extra herbal boost, and for all those with a cheese affinity (#guilty), a shower of Parmesan cheese is also a welcome topping on these big ol’ bowls of comfort.

Two bowls of gnocchi chicken soup with fresh thyme

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Easy Gnocchi Chicken Soup

Add a pasta-inspired twist to a comfort food favorite with this quick recipe for Easy Gnocchi Chicken Soup.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 7 votes
Gnocchi chicken soup in two bowls with a bowl of fresh thyme
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 9 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 (12-oz.) package refrigerated fresh gnocchi


  • In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-low heat, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Add the chicken broth, raw chicken, poultry seasoning and dried thyme, stirring to combine. Bring the soup to a boil then reduce it to a simmer, cover it, and simmer it for 15 minutes.
  •  Add the gnocchi to the pot and continue simmering, uncovered, an additional 3 minutes or until the gnocchi is al dente and floats. Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper then serve. 
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Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 586mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2800IU, Vitamin C: 5.2mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1.3mg


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  1. 5 stars
    I wanted to make gnocchi soup, but something lighter than, Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocchi soup! This recipe was spot on and so good!

  2. I’m right there with you on the gnocchi. I used to make something similar to this but after adding the gnocchi I would add whole milk and cornstarch water mix to thicken and turn it into a cream of chicken gnocchi soup. I’ll have to try this version too.