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Southern Smothered Chicken Recipe

Easy, One Pan Southern 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 Well/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
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Chicken and Avocado Salsa
Southern Collard Greens
Southern Mustard Greens
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Seafood Mac and Cheese

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
Baked Turkey Wings
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Air Fryer Lamb Chops
Air Fryer Scallops
Southern Chicken Spaghetti
Air Fryer Turkey Legs

You will love my Smothered Pork Chops and Smothered Turkey Wings recipes, too! Check out our list of the Best Authentic Soul Food Recipes here.

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

Easy, One Pan Southern 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




Malika Jones

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Was in the mood for a quick southern meal tonight so of course, had to come to the Stay Snatched website! Brandi truly never disappoints. LOVED these thighs. Gravy was also full of flavor. Brandi’s recipes are always easy to follow and full of great tips. READ THE BLOG. Paired these with her Southern Green Beans (best instant pot green beans recipe out there “debate ya granny!”)

staysnatched

Friday 5th of November 2021

haha debate ya granny!

Ashley

Monday 27th of September 2021

Absolutely delicious. Amazing flavor and easy to make!

staysnatched

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I'm so glad to hear it!

Melissa

Saturday 14th of August 2021

Easy and delicious! Adding to the weekly rotation. I already want more.

staysnatched

Monday 16th of August 2021

Awesome! I'm so glad to hear it.

Trista

Monday 9th of August 2021

FIVE STARS all the way! This recipe was easy to follow and turned out amazingly! Huge hit with the husband, and it warms up well for leftovers, if you get so lucky to have any! Skin-on bone-in thighs is the way to go, it makes the dish so flavorful.

staysnatched

Thursday 12th of August 2021

haha no leftovers with this one!

Baltisraul

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I have made now 3 times. First 2 times with the white wine added. Last night I used Marsala wine. Wow, could not believe the flavor boost it added. You just never know!!!!

staysnatched

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Wonderful. Glad to hear it.