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Smothered Chicken

Southern Style Smothered Chicken

4.9 from 17 reviews

This easy one skillet Smothered Chicken is comfort food at its best with crisp bacon and creamy seasoned gravy.  Enjoy it over mashed potatoes, with collard greens, and creamed peas.

Ingredients

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  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 23 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or thyme

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy. Chop the bacon up and set it aside.  Reserve the bacon grease.
  2. Whisk together the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Set aside 1/4 cup of the flour mixture.
  3. Dredge the chicken in the remaining flour mixture.  Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet with the bacon grease over medium heat.  Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until it is golden brown on both sides. Plate the chicken.
  4. Melt enough butter in the skillet to have 4 tablespoons of fat in the skillet.  Turn heat to medium low. Whisk in the flour that you set aside. Continue whisking and cooking about 3 minutes; scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the skillet.
  5. Slowly add the milk and chicken broth alternating between the two while whisking constantly.  Add the chicken back to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes to warm the chicken and finish cooking it.  Sprinkle with the chopped bacon and fresh parsley or thyme.

Notes

  • If your chicken breasts are oversized cut them in half. If they are too thick on one end pound them a little bit with a meat mallet.
  • Use the bacon grease to brown the chicken.  It adds extra flavor and a crispy texture that can’t be beat.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken.  Chicken is cooked through when it hits an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • The spices for the breading and gravy are unusual yet delicious.  They really play nice together.
  • If the gravy gets too thick simply add a little more milk or chicken broth.
  • Don’t forget to scrape the skillet and get those magical browned bacon and flour bits that add tons of flavor to your gravy.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in a freezer proof container for up to 3 months. For best results thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating on low in a skillet or in the microwave at a reduced power.

Keywords: southern chicken, chicken and gravy, smothered chicken breast, chicken and gravy

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