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This chicken and gravy recipe has tender pan fried chicken breasts smothered in a rich gravy. It’s made with pantry ingredients and comes together fast!

If you’re looking for similar recipes with different cooking methods, try my Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy or Crockpot Chicken and Gravy.

chicken and gravy in a skillet

Why you’ll love it

This chicken with gravy recipe is great for busy weeknights. While it’s not exactly what I’d consider health food, the calories are reasonable for a hearty dinner to keep in your regular recipe rotation. If you always order gravy at KFC, I think you’ll like this.

It is kinda hard not to love this gravy since it’s just so comforting and super easy to make. It’s basically just pan drippings (delicious brown bits left in the pan from searing the chicken), butter, flour, and some chicken broth. A little seasoning, and that’s it. Easy peasy for a quick chicken recipe with the best gravy you’ll try.

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – we’re using two boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 4 cutlets
  • Garlic powder – along with salt & pepper, it’s what we’re seasoning the chicken with directly to infuse flavor
  • Olive oil and butter – for pan frying and making the base of the gravy
  • Flour – to make a roux to thicken the sauce
  • Chicken broth – to add another savory dimension
  • Italian seasoning – it’s an all-purpose blend of fragrant dried herbs that comes all in a single jar. It’s so convenient for numerous recipes and a staple in my pantry.
  • Onion powder – it adds another special savory quality
  • Parsley – optional but recommended for a pop of freshness
ingredients for chicken and gravy in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • An instant read meat thermometer will ensure perfectly cooked chicken every time. It’s inexpensive and reliable so you never have overcooked meat. 165F in the safe internal temperature for chicken.
  • Here is the Le Creuset skillet I used for this recipe (and many others). Easy to clean, and it’ll last you forever. 
  • I recommend using kitchen tongs to easily turn the chicken.

How to make chicken and gravy

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

pan frying chicken in a skillet and making roux for a gravy

Cut the chicken into 4 thinner cutlets and season them. Heat up the olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter in a skillet. Pan fry the chicken until golden, and transfer to a plate. Add in the remaining butter, and whisk in the flour to make a roux.

adding broth to a skillet to make homemade gravy and returning chicken to the pan

Stir in the broth until the flour has dissolved. Sprinkle in the onion powder and Italian seasoning. Return the chicken to the pan, and cook through. Let it gently bubble so the sauce thickens. Season with salt & pepper if needed, and garnish with parsley if using.

Pro tip

  • I used fairly large chicken breasts since we’re cutting them in half lengthwise. If your chicken breasts are on the smaller side, you can use 4 and leave them intact, but keep in mind they will take a bit longer to cook.

Substitutions and variations

  • This is a pretty basic gravy that’s designed to work with what you already have in your pantry. You can definitely dress it up a bit! Add a pinch of dried/ground sage or even add some chopped up fresh herbs from the garden to it. Rosemary and thyme would go well.
  • You can swap the boneless skinless chicken breasts for chicken thighs. The cooking time may need to be adjusted (thighs become tender around 175F internal temperature).

What to serve with chicken and gravy

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days as long as it’s in an airtight container.
  • You can freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat for best results until warmed through.
chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate

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chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate
4.99 from 53 votes

Easy Chicken and Gravy

This chicken and gravy recipe has tender pan fried chicken breasts smothered in a rich gravy. It's made with pantry ingredients and comes together fast!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise so you've got 4 thinner cutlets. Season each piece with salt & pepper and the garlic powder.
  • Add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the pan heat up for a few minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes/side until golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining butter to the skillet, and once it's melted, stir in the flour and cook for about a minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until the flour has fully dissolved.
  • Stir in the Italian seasoning and onion powder.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet (along with any juices from the plate), and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until it has finished cooking through (165F) and the sauce has thickened up a bit more. You may need to turn the heat down again so it's gently bubbling (you don't want the sauce to get too thick before the chicken is cooked through).
  • Season with salt & pepper as needed. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if using, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use an instant read meat thermometer to ensure that chicken isn’t overcooked or undercooked.
  • If you want a stronger herb flavor in the gravy, you can definitely add more Italian seasoning or other dried herbs. Chopped fresh herbs would also be a great addition (try sage, thyme, and/or rosemary).

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 476mg, Potassium: 477mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 381IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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131 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Woke up this morning, went through your site and this jumped out at me. It was both delicious and so simple. Stick to your ribs goodness on a cold winter day.

    Your recipes never disappoint. I love every single one I’ve tried and will definitely make this again. The best part is the ingredients are always in my cupboard!

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy and so good! I added 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (suggest by another user) and added a pinch of garlic salt as well! Definitely will remake!

    1. 5 stars
      I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’m not the world’s best cook, but your recipes are easy to follow (love the videos too!), use mostly common items many would already have on hand, and don’t require many pots and pans.

      Made this chicken with gravy and it was delicious. I used Better Than Bullion. It’s great with mashed potatoes and definitely a comfort food on a wintry day.

      This is the second recipe of yours I’ve tried and looking forward to trying more.

      1. So happy you found me!! I’m glad you’re finding the recipes simple… that’s definitely what I am going for! Let me know if you try any other recipes πŸ™‚

  3. 4 stars
    This was pretty tasty! And came together nice and quick! One star off as the gravy was a little on the bland side (a little soy sauce and Worcestershire it perked right up) and the cook time was far too long, 2 minutes per side was more than enough for a nice crust and cooked through. Will definitely make again!

  4. Hi Natasha,
    Thank for these delicious and easy recipes, you’ve inspired me to cook more at home.
    Question: how do you calculate the calories? Is there a handy app?

    1. Hi Geno! You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear that. πŸ™‚ It’s actually a part of my recipe card software (WordPress Recipe Maker). There are calorie calculators you can try online/on your phone like My Fitness Pal, though.

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! All of my pickiest eaters devoured this πŸ™‚ I doubled the gravy recipe and added 1tsp Better Than Bullion Chicken in with the gravy seasonings for extra flavor… that’s just my jam… so incredible! Seriously awesome. 5 stars!!! On repeat for my difficult to please crew of 7, a miracle feat! πŸ˜† Thank you!!!