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A bowl of chicken and gnocchi soup and a spoon scooping out some soup to show the texture

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This chicken gnocchi soup recipe is a perfect dish if you are looking for restaurant-worthy, home-cooked, comfort food. Simple to cook, you may find this chicken gnocchi soup becomes a household regular. This wholesome Gnocchi Soup is creamy, delicious, and oh so satisfying.
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword barbecue chicken recipe, chicken gnocchi, gnocchi soup, soup, Soup recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 805 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Diced onion
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • tsp salt
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Fresh thyme optional or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock/ Chicken broth or veggies stock
  • 2 cups Rotisserie chicken
  • 3 cups potato gnocchi fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups heavy cream at least 18% fat
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach leaves roughly chopped


  1. To make life and cooking easier it's always a good idea to prep all your food before you start cooking.
    Ingredients for the chicken and gnocchi soup in small bowls including the gnocchi, rotisserie chicken, spinach, gnocchi, butter, stock, butter, onions, celery, carrots, flour and cream
  2. Start this recipe by adding butter and oil in a large pan using medium heat. While the butter is melting down, mix the celery and onions together.
  3. Once the butter is fully melted add the onion and celery to the pan and saute. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. It's really important to saute the onions down properly so they get soft enough. Don't rush this step. You will know when they are done if they are light yellow or golden and slightly see-through.
    butter and onions sautéed until golden
  5. The next step is to add the flour to the onion celery mix and stir it in. Saute this mix for about 3 more minutes until the flour becomes slightly toasted and it will take a slightly golden hue.
  6. Now add the shredded carrots to the pot and the thyme or oregano if you want to, and saute these for another minute. You can now add the chicken stock/broth and bring everything to a boil.
  7. That's the base of your soup done. Now it's time to add the good stuff. Add the chicken and gnocchi to the pot and keep the pot boiling for another 15-20 minutes - until the gnocchi is tender.
    a bowl of potato gnocchi and spinach
  8. The recipe is nearly done. The final step is to add the fresh spinach and cream. .
    a bowl of fresh spinach ready to go in the soup
  9. After you have added the final ingredients reduce heat on the stove and cook on low. Let it all cook together for just another 2-3 minutes and switch off your stove.
    shredded rotisserie chicken in a bowl
  10. Now you have a finished copycat olive garden chicken gnocchi soup made with minimal fuss for maximum flavor in this truly comforting dish.
  11. Serve right away and enjoy!
    pot with the gnocchi soup recipe ready and a ladle holding the soup to check
  12. If you want to add a few finishing touches to your creamy chicken gnocchi soup, once served, sprinkle parmesan cheese, fresh thyme and, black pepper to taste, before tucking in.
    top view of a bowl of chicken and gnocchi soup

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Recipe Notes

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure that the flour you add to the celery onion mix reaches a state where it is slightly toasty before adding any other ingredients. Sometimes it's hard to wait for these small steps in recipes (especially if you're hungry) but it's important not to skip on this step.
  • Make sure you keep an eye on your food while you are in the sauteing phase. Food can easily get singed or burnt if you aren't on top of stirring it regularly. Keep an eye on the heat of your stove too. The temperature should not be too high when sauteing.
  • Don't saute your onions too quickly - you will want to make sure they are properly cooked and soft. If they are not cooked properly before the next step, this will really affect the flavor of your soup. You run the risk of it tasting like raw onions rather than the onions proving a light sweetness to the dish.
  • You can cook a rotisserie chicken at home for this recipe. However, if you want to make life easier you can buy one already cooked from your local grocery store.  I would recommend this option.
  • Avoid cooking raw chicken breasts or any raw chicken into this soup. This gives the soup an over-stong taste of chicken. Using a rotisserie chicken gives a milder and more complementary flavor to the overall soup.
  • If you want to thicken your soup at the end (though this shouldn't be necessary) you can add cornflour (in cold water) to the recipe at the end to thicken a bit more.
  • When preparing your cooked chicken for the soup I recommend you prepare it so it is boneless skinless chicken using mainly the chicken breasts. The chicken blends into the soup much better this way.
  • Try to use a cream that has a high saturated fat content. As you will be adding this to a hot dish, having a high saturated fat content will make the cream more stable and less likely to split/ curdle. When you have reached the point of adding in the cream, reduce the heat on the stove to help avoid this.


Chicken gnocchi soup FAQ'S

Can you freeze chicken gnocchi soup?Yes, you can absolutely freeze this chicken soup. Make sure it is fully cooled and sealed in a freezable container before you put it in the freezer. You can safely keep your soup in the freezer for up to three months (labeling the date is a good idea to help you keep track).

Can you make chicken gnocchi soup ahead of time?
Yes, you can make your chicken gnocchi soup ahead of time. Don't make it longer than a few days ahead of time, though a day before is probably best. Once cooked, let it cool and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you are ready to eat it, heat it up on low heat in a pan. It may slightly thicker after being stored in the fridge but you can add a little water to stir through if this is the case.

What do you serve with chicken gnocchi soup?
A great serving suggestion for this soup is to have it with a lovely toasted Chiabbata. It complements this dish perfectly. Toasted ciabatta dipped into this soup is really satisfying. However, this is a really filling soup so it isn't necessary to serve it with anything if you don't want to.

Are gnocchi dumplings?
Yes, gnocchi is a type of dumpling made using mainly potato. They have a history in European cuisine but are most traditionally known in Italian cooking.

What type of gnocchi can/ should I use in this recipe?
What's great about this recipe is that you can use any type of gnocchi for this dish. This includes any size of gnocchi; Gluten-free Gnocchi, sweet potatoe gnocchi or homemade gnocchi. If you can name a type of gnocchi, then you can be sure it will work in this recipe.

Can you make chicken Gnocchi soup in a Crock-Pot?
Yes, you can definitely cook this recipe in a crockpot or slow cooker.
you start in the same way by following the method of sauteing the onions, celery, and then the carrots once you have added the flour in. You add this saute mix to your slow cooker, add the chicken broth or stock, and the prepared cooked chicken.
Leave this to cook in your crockpot on low for about 4 hours then add the gnocchi, spinach, and cream and leave to cook on low for another 45 minutes. Your gnocchi should be soft and tender and your soup is ready to eat.

Can I make this soup dairy or/ and gluten-free?
You can definitely make this soup gluten-free. Replace the normal plain flour with corn starch and make sure you get gluten-free gnocchi (or make your own homemade gluten-free gnocchi).
However, this dish probably won't work dairy-free. You just wouldn't get the same creamy texture and flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 805 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 214mg71%
Sodium 931mg40%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 5970IU119%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.