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Easy Creamy Smothered Chicken and Gravy Recipe

Smothered Chicken and Gravy Tender, juicy chicken covered in a delicious creamy gravy. If you need a delicious chicken recipe with a southern flare, this is just what you are looking for.

Smothered Chicken and Gravy

This super flavorful smothered chicken is filled with plenty of gravy to serve with mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, southern cornbread, or crusty bread.

I love comfort foods, and it always seems like a real occasion when I eat them because they are not everyday items, and smothered chicken is one of such. Some other favorites are Collard greensJambalayaJambalaya PastaShrimp and Grits, and a couple more.

Delicious one-pan dinner

This is a delicious one-pan dinner with big and bold flavors. Super tender and juicy, very simple yet very flavorful. It tastes as great as it looks. Our entire family always enjoys this delicious meal, even the pickiest eater of us all.  

It’s such an easy and inexpensive and flavorful recipe that almost melts in your mouth.

Don’t worry about the quantity of onions in the gravy. They add to the flavor of the dish, and they will all dissolve.

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Smothered Baked Chicken

These smothered chicken thighs can either be baked in the oven or cooked on the stovetop and I have explained how to do it in both ways.

To bake: Simply place the prepare the recipe in an oven-safe pan, cover with an oven-safe lid or foil and place it in a 425F preheated oven for one hour. Sometimes, I like to bake it uncovered for the final five minutes in order to brown the chicken skin a bit more. this is totally optional.

If cooking on the stovetop, simply cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the thighs are completely done and the gravy becomes smooth and velvety. However, you will need to be stirring at intervals to prevent the chicken from stickng to the bottom of the pan.

What is Smothered Chicken

Simply put, smothered chicken is a dish made with semi fried Chicken steeped in a delicious gravy. 

How to make Smothered Chicken thighs

  • Season the flour and dredge the chicken – I like to season the chicken first with salt and pepper before dredging it. It adds a bit more flavor.
  • Brown the chicken -Doing this will seal in the juices, which will in turn add more flavor to the chicken and make the chicken tender than a rubbery piece of chicken.
  • Sauté the onion and garlic – This is the time to add extra veggies in addition to the onions. Though optional, but if you choose, veggies like celery, bell peppers works well.
  • Cook the chicken – Bake or cook on the stovetop. It’s delicious either way!

How long to make Smothered Chicken and Gravy?

This recipe takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.

Can you freeze Smothered Chicken and Gravy?

Yes! It can be kept frozen for up to one month. Be sure to thaw before reheating on the stove on a lower temperature.

How long does Smothered Chicken and Gravy last in the fridge?

Smothered Chicken and Gravy can keep for about five days in the fridge.

What to serve with Smothered Chicken and Gravy

This dish is best served over rice or mashed potatoes with a vegetable on the side! Serving with bread also gives the opportunity to get off the leftover gravy on the plate.

Flavor Variations:

  • I used smoked paprika for a bit of smoky taste but regular paprika will do just fine.
  • Cook the chicken with the skin on if preferred, and use whatever part of the chicken you desire
  • If desired, add sliced bell peppers, mushrooms or celery.


  1. Be sure to taste the gravy before adding the chicken. Feel free to add more seasoning and spices if there is a need to.
  2. I made this recipe with skin-on bone-in chicken. However, if you want to reduce the fat content, feel free to use chicken breasts.

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Smothered Chicken filled with gravy in a pan

Creamy Smothered Chicken and Gravy Recipe

Tender, juicy chicken covered in a delicious creamy gravy. If you need a delicious chicken recipe with a southern flare, this is just what you are looking for.
4.63 from 16 votes
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Course: Lunch/Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: chicken, fried chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 440kcal


  • 6 to 8 pieces chicken thighs bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup oil for frying

For the seasoned flour:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

For the gravy

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned flour


  • Combine the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne salt, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Take three tablespoons from the flour mixture and set aside.
  • Wash the chicken and pat dry, then dredge in the flour-spice mixture. Shake off excess flour and set it aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium to high heat. Add the chicken and sear until brown—about 4 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. Remove excess oil from the pan and leave about 3 tablespoons.
  • Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown—about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and butter. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the reserved three tablespoons of seasoned flour into the onion and stir on medium heat until all the onions are covered with the flour. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and continue to stir and cook for about 30 seconds. Make sure not to overcook to maintain the golden brown color.
  • Pour the stock slowly while whisking to prevent lumps. Stir in the milk and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook on medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Add the fried chicken to the gravy. Be sure the gravy covers the chicken. Cover it up and bake at 425°F preheated oven undisturbed for one hour. Or cook on the stovetop, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes or until the chicken is completely done, and the gravy is thickened.
  • Adjust the seasoning if necessary, remove from heat, discard the bay leaf and serve over white rice or mashed potatoes.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1664mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 17th of December 2023

Thank you for the super easy, but delicious recipe!! I was always scared to make smothered chicken, but I can say because of you it was totally successful!

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 18th of December 2023

I'm so glad you found the recipe easy and enjoyed it Jasmine! Reading about your successful attempt at making smothered chicken just made my day! So happy it turned out delish!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

So good and easy to make. The gravy is phenomenal and great directions.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Thank you Tania! :)


Sunday 29th of November 2020

This was delicious! My mom made this dish oh so many years ago and she was born and raised in Charleston,SC. Made many southern dishes and this one is my favorite! Thank you so much for the recipe!God Bless