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Easy Smothered Chicken Recipe

Easy, One Pan Smothered Chicken is a quick Southern recipe featuring seared and baked chicken thighs drizzled in brown gravy. This healthy dish is made with onions and spices all in a cast iron skillet.

smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy

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I love a good comfort food dish, yall! This recipe will show you how to cook smothered chicken, Cajun or Creole style, The most common way to eat it is with rice, but I love to pair it with vegetables, too.

If you’re asking yourself, “What’s a good Southern soul food meal….perfect for Sunday dinner?” I got you! This meal is perfect.

butter, heavy cream, chicken broth, onions, and seasoning for smothered pork chops recipe

What is Smothered Chicken?

Smothered chicken is a classic, Southern recipe. We often smother pork chops, too. You make the chicken first on the stove and then pop it in the oven to bake and finish cooking.

Many recipes call for either a whole cut up chicken or chicken thighs. The chicken is then smothered in brown gravy and typically with onions.

raw bone in chicken thighs in packaging

What Kind Of Chicken to Use. Bone-in vs Boneless Thighs

You can use any chicken you want. Traditionally, bone-in chicken thighs are used. You can use skinless chicken if you prefer.

Bone-in chicken thighs are a lot juicer, thanks to the bone. They also require a longer cook-time than boneless. I find it only adds about an additional 5 minutes.

Boneless chicken thighs are typically cheaper and will cook faster. They are not as moist as bone-in thighs.

collage photo of 4 photos of raw seasoned chicken thighs, chicken thighs seared in a cast iron skillet, and butter melted in a cast iron skillet

What Can I Season the Chicken With?

I season the chicken with Creole Seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. You can substitute the Creole Seasoning with your favorite seasoning and you can also use smoked paprika if you wish.

collage photo showing the process of sauteeing onions in a cast iron skillet

How to Make Smothered Chicken with Gravy

  1. Ensure the chicken thighs are dry and season both sides of the chicken.
  2. Add the chicken to a heated cast iron skillet with olive oil. Sear both sides of the chicken.
  3. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  4. Add butter and onions to the skillet.
  5. Next add in broth and cream.
  6. Return the chicken to the pan and bake.
smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy
Seared chicken prior to baking.

How to Substitute Chicken Breasts or Legs

Chicken breasts will require 15-20 minutes to bake at the same temperature. Always use a meat thermometer to check the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Chicken legs will require 20-25 minutes to bake at the same temperature.

smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy
close up photo with smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy

What Goes With Smothered Chicken/Side Dish Pairings

Fried Cabbage
Keto Low-Carb Cornbread
Southern Soul Food Homemade Cornbread
Instant Pot Collard Greens

Southern Soul Food Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Southern Green Beans

Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken

smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy with one chicken thigh serving on a white plate

More Southern Recipes

Red Beans and Rice
Louisiana Gumbo
Shrimp Étouffée

You will love my Smothered Pork Chops recipe, too!

smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy
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Easy, One Pan Smothered Chicken

Easy, One Pan Smothered Chicken is a quick Southern recipe featuring baked chicken thighs drizzled in brown gravy. This healthy dish is made with onions and spices all in a cast iron skillet.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword smothered chicken, smothered chicken and gravy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 466kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Ensure the chicken thighs are dry and season the chicken thighs with the Creole seasoning, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • When hot, add the seasoned chicken thighs. Sear both sides of the chicken, about 2 minutes on each side. The chicken does not have to fully cook through as it will be baked later.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan. Use a silicone spoon or wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. Scoop up the brown bits from the pan. It's loaded with flavor
  • Add the onions and cook the onions until they are translucent and fragrant.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add in the chicken broth and heavy cream. Stir to combine for 2-3 minutes. Do not allow the sauce to boil.
  • Return the chicken to the pan. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Use a meat thermometer and ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees before removing it from the oven.
  • Cool before serving.

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Notes

  • A pan that retains heat well, works best for this recipe a cast iron or stainless steel pan. If you use something else, results will vary.
  • If you don’t want to use Creole Seasoning, substitute it with whatever you prefer. The use of Cajun Seasoning is also popular.
  • You can use skin-on thighs or remove the skin/purchase the chicken skinless. This is a matter of preference.
  • Boneless chicken thighs will require 15-20 minutes of cook time.
  • Chicken breasts will require 15-20 minutes to bake at the same temperature. Always use a meat thermometer to check the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Chicken legs will require 20-25 minutes to bake at the same temperature.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1chicken thigh | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 37g
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Recipe Rating




Katie

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Received bone in chicken thighs in my butcher box and immediately searched chicken thighs on your site and found this. Made it tonight absolutely delicious! I love how flavorful and easy to follow your recipes are!

staysnatched

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Debbie

Friday 4th of December 2020

Made this tonight. Only used salt, pepper and garlic powder on the chicken. Used cream of onion soup and water instead of the broth and heavy cream. It was awesome!

staysnatched

Monday 7th of December 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Janet

Sunday 1st of November 2020

This is a fabulous recipe! I bought a 4-pack of skin-on chicken thighs and some Creole Seasoning and made it exactly to your recipe. It was so delicious that the next morning I had a chicken thigh for breakfast instead of my usual 2 eggs and bacon!

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Yes! I love to use a meal like this for breakfast!

Brooke

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

This was so delicious!! I can’t wait to make it again.

staysnatched

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it!

Erin J

Monday 15th of June 2020

Finally was able to break in my new cast iron skillet with this recipe. Seriously easy to follow recipe, with few ingredients and also budget friendly. Not to mention delicious! The chicken is as juicy and so flavorful. Will definitely be making this one again!

staysnatched

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!