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smothered pork chop thighs in a cast iron skillet with gravy

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.
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



  • 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