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January 7, 2023 | All, Food & Wine, Pinot Noir Recipe, Recipes | Fort Ross

2019 "FRV" Pinot Noir & Gnocchi with Roast Chicken, Bacon, and Kale

Winter 2023 selections: Gnocchi with Roast Chicken, Bacon, and Kale

This recipe is an easy go-to for a weeknight. Paired with our 2019 "FRV" Pinot Noir, it's a lovely way to enjoy a cozy night in. 

Recipe by Chandra Ram via Food and Wine Magazine


1 (6-ounce) bunch Lacinato kale

6 thick-cut bacon slices

1 small (about 8-ounce) red onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

1 (1-pound) whole rotisserie chicken, pulled into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

1 pound potato gnocchi, or one (1-pound) package refrigerated or frozen potato gnocchi

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)


1. Remove stems from kale, and chop stems (you should have about 3/4 cup); chop kale leaves (you should have about 6 cups). Set chopped stems and leaves aside until ready to use.

2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium until crispy, about 8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Remove skillet from heat; do not wipe clean. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; let stand until cooled, about 5 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.

3. Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium. Add onion and kale stems; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and kale stems are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in kale leaves, and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken, and toss with onion and kale; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

4. While onion and kale are cooking, bring a large pot of boiling salted water to a boil over medium-high; add gnocchi, and boil until gnocchi float to the surface, about 3 minutes. Drain well. Add gnocchi to chicken mixture in skillet, and toss. Stir in lemon zest, salt, pepper, and reserved bacon. Divide gnocchi mixture evenly among 4 bowls, and top evenly with Parmesan.

Pair with our 2019 "FRV" Pinot Noir »

Why It Works 

Our 2019 "FRV" Pinot Noir maintains its youthful, fruity highlights, that add pleasant contrast to the richness of the dish. Developing aromas of earthiness mingle with the smokiness of the bacon and chicken, creating a pleasant harmony with every bite.


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