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