I have tried so many recipes over the years, looking for the perfect gravy, and feel like I’ve FINALLY cracked the secret! Beef stock and Worcestershire sauce are the answer to all of your deliciously creamy, flavour-packed, homemade gravy dreams. Here, I’ve paired the gravy with pan-fried chicken in a classic “smothered chicken” recipe, which comes together in a flash and is just so incredibly good.

In this gorgeous, moreish dish, chicken is pan-fried until caramelised, then cooked in the most flavoursome, creamy gravy of your dreams.

The perfectly cooked, juicy seasoned chicken has a crispy, caramelised crust that soaks up all of the rich gravy. Even better, this dish can be on the table in just 20 minutes, so is totally achievable for busy weeknights even when you are low on energy. And, as it’s cooked in just one pan (always my favourite!), there is hardly any clean-up. When you are looking for a comforting flavour hit and are tempted by takeout, this is the recipe to turn to as everyone will be satisfied. Chicken with Homemade Gravy pairs perfectly with creamy mashed potato to mop up the gravy, but it would also work with rice or pasta, or even just crusty bread (or garlic bread – yum!). You could serve it with any veggies you like, from steamed green beans to cauliflower.

What to serve with Chicken with Homemade Gravy

The sky’s the limit here, but I love to add things that will soak up the delicious gravy, such as Freezer Friendly Mashed Potatoes, steamed green beans, snow peas (mangetout), zucchini (courgette), cauliflower, broccoli, baby spinach or other greens. Roasted sweet potato or pumpkin would also be lovely. Some crusty bread or Freezer Friendly Garlic Bread would be ideal for mopping up the delicious sauce. And of course any pasta or rice, including cauliflower rice or zucchini (courgette) noodles (zoodles/courgetti).

Chicken with Homemade Gravy
Once you’ve tasted the richly delicious gravy in this chicken dish, you’ll want to use it with everything, from sausages and mash, to roast meats and vegetables.

Can I use the gravy in other dishes?

Yes! This gravy can be used pretty much whenever you want, with whatever you want. Serve it with other pan-fried meats or sausages, or even roasted meats or vegetables. Buy a barbecued chicken from the store, shred it using two forks, then toss the meat in the gravy, before packing into crusty rolls or wraps. For a decadent snack, try the gravy on fries for “loaded fries”.

Chicken with Homemade Gravy
I love to serve Chicken with Homemade Gravy with creamy mashed potato and simple steamed green beans, but you can vary the sides as you wish.

What are some other comforting, saucy, one-pan meal ideas?

If you loved this easy chicken dish cooked in a luscious sauce, you are sure to enjoy:
Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Creamy Tomato Chicken Risoni
One-pan Lemon Gnocchi Chicken
Marry Me Chicken Risoni (Orzo)
Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta

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Chicken with Homemade Gravy

Chicken with Homemade Gravy

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This comforting and satisfying Chicken with Homemade Gravy is as delicious as it is easy. Caramelised chicken is cooked in a creamy, flavoursome gravy in just one pan, using simple, low-cost ingredients.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Chicken

  • ¼ cup (35 g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally to form 4 “steaks”
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Gravy

  • 40 g (1½ oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef stock (see note 1)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) thickened (heavy) cream
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water, as needed

To serve

  • Freezer Friendly Mashed Potatoes
  • Steamed green beans
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Chicken

  1. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder in a large, shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture so that it is evenly coated.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep heavy-based frying pan over medium–high heat. Cook the chicken for 5–6 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside on a plate. Use some water to deglaze the pan if needed, scraping up any bits stuck to the base.

Gravy

  1. Reduce the heat to medium–low. Add the butter to the pan and, once it’s melted, add the flour. Use a whisk to stir it until it forms a paste (the whisk stops lumps forming).
  2. Add half the beef stock, whisking continually. Once the stock has been completely incorporated into the butter and flour mixture, add the remaining stock, the cream and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3–5 minutes until the sauce has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. If the sauce is too thin, continue cooking. If the sauce is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it is your desired consistency.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan for 2 minutes to warm through.
  4. Serve the chicken with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed green beans. Sprinkle with the parsley and drizzle the gravy over the top.

Notes

Note 1 – Beef, chicken or vegetable stock can be used. Beef stock is my preference and recommended as it produces a deeper flavour and colour. The colour of the gravy will depend on the stock being used. For the recipe, the better the beef stock, the better the end result. Try and use the best quality beef stock you can find.

Make ahead:

To prepare this meal ahead of time, cook the chicken as per the recipe, then prepare the gravy, but don’t return the chicken to the pan. Refrigerate the chicken and gravy in separate airtight containers for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve. To loosen the gravy, whisk in 1 tablespoon at a time of boiling water from the kettle, until the gravy is at your desired consistency.

Leftovers:

Store the chicken and gravy in separate airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve. To loosen the gravy, whisk in 1 tablespoon at a time of boiling water from the kettle, until the gravy is your desired consistency.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: holiday favourites , batch cooking , meal planning , budget-friendly , quick and easy , one pan , freezer friendly , chicken
  • Method: sauteing
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Italian, American / French, Asian, Greek, Thai