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Smothered Chicken and Gravy

Published April 16th 2012 Updated February 14th 2024

This baked Smothered Chicken and Gravy recipe is an easy oven meal that comes together in a snap. In it, chicken is smothered with a creamy sauce that magically turns into gravy in the oven. It’s perfect for ladling over rice, mashed potatoes or cornbread dressing.

Smothered Chicken And Gravy

Easy Smothered Chicken and Gravy Recipe

Baked Southern smothered chicken is a down home comforting dish that takes on many forms depending on the cook and their interpretation of the dish. This  is a “no fuss” version that’s smothered with gravy and a healthy dose of home cooked love. It’s baked in one of my most beloved kitchen tools, my cast iron dutch oven. Cast iron cooking has a magical effect on foods from baking easy skillet apple pie biscuits, to fully loaded cornbread and sweet skillet berry cobblers. Not only does the food cook more evenly, but, it actually tastes better when cooked in my dutch oven. How to make Smothered Chicken and Gravy: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Butter – Melt butter over medium-high heat in a 6 quart dutch oven or similar oven safe pot.
  • Seasoned Flour – Whisk together flour with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Chicken Breasts – Dust chicken breasts on all sides with seasoned flour.
  • Cook – Brown chicken in butter for 1 minute on both sides. Arrange in dutch oven or buttered baking dish. Top with onion and a light dusting of paprika.
  • Sauce – Whisk together, soup, dissolved soup base, half and half, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, tarragon and black pepper. Pour the over the chicken and onions.
  • Cover – Bake covered for 50-60 minutes. Remove lid and test the chicken for doneness. Time may vary adjust cooking time depending on the thickness of chicken breasts used.
  • Remove chicken to a platter to rest for 5 minutes. Mix gravy well.
  • Serve smothered chicken and gravy garnished with parsley.
Smothered Chicken And Gravy

How to Make the Best Smothered Chicken and Gravy Recipe

This recipe is made in the oven but could be adapted to a crockpot, too. Assemble per the recipe in a slow cooker cooking on low for 5-6 hours, or just until the chicken is fork tender. Adapt the time based on how your appliance performs. Then you can enjoy crockpot chicken and gravy on a busy day.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make easy Smothered Chicken and Gravy: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, butter, all purpose flour, diced onion, chicken soup base, cream of chicken and mushroom soup OR regular cream of chicken soup, half and half, poultry seasoning, granulated garlic and black pepper. You’ll also need chopped fresh parsley for garnishing the top before serving.
  • If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can brown the chicken on the stovetop in a large skillet and transfer it to a 13×9 inch baking dish for baking.
  • When making the sauce for this baked chicken, you may add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of kick. Consider the taste of your family when choosing to do so.
  • The poultry seasoning I use in this recipe is called Poultry Magic. You may adapt this recipe using your favorite chicken or poultry seasoning blend.
  • Paprika adds a subtle smokiness, and a rich color to the gravy.
  • When prepping the onion for the sauce, you may dice the onion, if you prefer a smaller dice.
  • There is no salt in the gravy ingredient list as the soup base provides an ample amount to season the dish. As always, you have the option to taste the gravy mixture and adjust to your liking.
  • Please note that the cooking time may need to be adjusted based on the thickness of the chicken pieces being used. A good rule of thumb is, when a knife is easily inserted into the thickest portion of the chicken breasts and  juices run clear.
  • How do you make chicken gravy with cornstarch? At the end of cooking smothered chicken and gravy, you can thicken the gravy further using cornstarch. Remove the chicken breasts to a platter and keep warm. Place the dutch oven back on to the stovetop over medium high heat, Mix up a slurry using equal parts of cold half and half, cold chicken broth or cold water and cornstarch. So, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of liquid, you can of course use a little more as needed. Whisk into the liquid and let it come to a gentle boil. Repeat until it thickens to your taste.
  • Likewise, you my thin the gravy by adding more chicken stock, half and half or even water. liquid of choice.
  • In a hurry? You may like these Easy Chicken Tenders with Pan Gravy made on the stove top.
Smothered Chicken And Gravy

Side Dishes to Serve with Smothered Chicken and Gravy

While you can’t really go wrong, there are just some Southern side dishes that fit so well with this kind of main dish. Some recipes you may like to try:

Smothered Chicken and Gravy

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Smothered Chicken And Gravy

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Stand time5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: chicken-and-gravy, chicken-breast-recipes, smothered-chicken-and-gravy, smothered-chicken-recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour plus 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken with mushrooms soup
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp chicken soup base, dissolved in 2 Tbsp hot water i.e. Better Than Bouillon
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning i.e. Poultry Magic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper adjust to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. On the stovetop melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in a 6 quart dutch oven or similar oven safe pot.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Dust chicken breasts on all sides with seasoned flour.
  • Brown chicken in butter for 1 minute on both sides. Arrange in dutch oven or buttered baking dish. Top with onion and a light dusting of paprika.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together, soup, dissolved soup base, half and half, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, tarragon and black pepper. Pour over the chicken and onions.
  • Bake covered for 50-60 minutes. Remove lid and test the chicken for doneness. Time may vary adjust cooking time depending on the thickness of chicken breasts used. Remove chicken to a platter to rest for 5 minutes. Mix gravy well. (See Cook's note for how to thicken gravy with cornstarch, if desired.)
  • Serve smothered chicken and gravy garnished with parsley. Serve with cornbread dressing, cooked rice, cooked pasta, mashed potatoes or any of your favorite Southern side dishes.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a dutch oven, you can brown the chicken in a skillet then place into a covered 13 x 9 inch dish to bake.
  • How do you make chicken gravy with cornstarch? At the end of cooking smothered chicken and gravy you can thicken the gravy further using cornstarch. Remove the chicken breasts to a platter and keep warm. Place the dutch oven back on to the stovetop over medium high heat, Mix up a slurry using equal parts of cold half and half, cold chicken broth or cold water and cornstarch. So, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of liquid, you can of course use a little more as needed. Whisk into the liquid and let it come to a gentle boil. Repeat until it thickens to your taste. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 671IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg
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38 Comments

  1. I just made this for my very picky husband who suggested I make it again so that’s a huge win. I loved it too. I didn’t add any salt and found the seasoning provided by the stock to be perfect. I also didn’t have tarragon so used marjoram instead. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a T. To keep it a little lighter I served it with steamed broccoli and cauliflower which complimented the dish perfectly. I don’t like heavy sides with gravy based dishes but that’s just me. Thanks for a fantastic recipe.

  2. I’ve never seen cream of chicken with mushroom soup….what brand has it? I may just try half cr. of chicken and half cr. of mushroom cans.

  3. Thank you for this recipe! It looks so good. My husband and I are furloughed and I had everything on hand except for half and half. This will be dinner tonight!! Looks great!

    1. Ashley, how did it go in the crock pot? I was thinking this could be done in the crock pot. Hope Ashley comes back and says how long she let it cook.

  4. Making this now in the crockpot, going to serve it over some mashed potatoes. With some garlic bread and veggies on the side. Can’t wait to try this!

  5. Hello! I love this dish for the down home flavors and simplicity. I sure hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does. Thanks for your visit! ~ Melissa

  6. Just made this a couple of days ago and it was DELICIOUS!!! The only suggesstion I have is do not add any salt at any point of this recipe. i did add a little salt to season the flour and the dish was almost too salty. Just stick with the stock concentrate and you will be fine. I WILL be making this again!

  7. Ok, Melissa…this is what I want as one of my last meals here on earth!!! This looks heavenly. Thank you my Cooking Angel. ♥ya sw☺

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