This chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes is a delicious comfort food that is perfect for your next family dinner. I love having several easy chicken recipes that are flavorful and comforting.
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Chicken and White Gravy – Delicious Comfort Food
I’ve created a lot of comfort food recipes that my husband and I enjoy on a regular basis. Many of them are on our regular dinner rotation because they’re so good.
You don’t have to make it the same way every time. I think it’s fun to add a different ingredient to keep it interesting.
There are quite a few ways to make it, but this is our favorite because it’s gluten-free and it has just the right amount of seasoning for us.
Some people make it with cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup.
I started to make it with gluten-free cream of mushroom soup, but I decided to use chicken stock and some of my own favorite seasonings because it’s just as easy.
I also made it in the slow cooker, but you don’t have to. It’s just as good on the stovetop or in an Instant pot. Since I was making a small amount, I used my small Crock Pot.
The reason I made it in the slow cooker was that I had to run a few errands, and I thought it would be nice to have it ready for me when I got home.
Although I served it with mashed potatoes this time, it also goes with rice or noodles. Whether you can eat gluten or have to go gluten-free, this version tastes wonderful.
Chicken and Gravy Ingredients
I’ve seen quite a few chicken and gravy recipes, but most of them use ingredients that I’m not able to enjoy. For example, some are thickened with flour, while others use cream of chicken soup or gravy packets.
Although there are gluten-free flours and soup alternatives, they’re not always easy to find at the grocery store. So I worked on this gravy recipe to deliver all of the creamy goodness but without the gluten.
Since I want everyone to be able to enjoy this meal—not just those who follow gluten-free diets—I test everything on my husband who can eat anything he wants. He gave this a two-thumbs-up, meaning he really likes it. A lot!
So if anyone you’re serving has to avoid gluten, go ahead and make this version. The whole family will be able to enjoy this yummy slow cooker meal.
Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need for this yummy chicken and gravy recipe:
- Boneless skinless chicken breast (or chicken thighs)
- Chicken broth (regular or low sodium chicken broth)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sour Cream
- Dry ranch mix (optional)
- Salt and black pepper (optional)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
Since the ranch mix has a lot of salt, if you add it, decrease the amount of salt you’d normally use.
You can substitute heavy cream for the sour cream if you want. Or you can use plain yogurt that has a similar flavor to the sour cream. If you want a slightly thicker gravy, you can use cream cheese.
I like to begin by gathering all of the ingredients and putting them within reach. If you measure them out before assembling them, you’ll ultimately save time.
If you’re using frozen chicken breasts, thaw them in the refrigerator firs.
Spray the inside of your Crock Pot with nonstick cooking spray. That makes cleanup so much easier.
How to Make Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
First, place chicken breasts in the pot. I used one of my smaller slow cookers for this, so the chicken overlapped a little bit.
Next, sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder evenly over the chicken.
If you use the ranch seasoning mix, add that now.
In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth and cornstarch.
Whisk it until all of the cornstarch dissolves.
Pour it over the chicken.
Make sure the chicken is covered.
If you want salt and pepper, add it now.
Cover the slow cooker pot and cook it on low for 7-8 hours. I actually started mine out on high for one hour and cooked it for 6 more hours. One of the many good things about slow cookers is the flexibility of time.
After the chicken is done, remove it from the pot for shredding.
It’s super easy to shred chicken with 2 forks or a pair of meat shredder claws.
You can also use a potato masher for shredding chicken by pressing and twisting the masher.
Scoop the chicken back into the pot and add sour cream.
Stir it until it is mixed into the gravy. The gravy mixture should have a very creamy texture.
How to Serve Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
Serve it over mashed potatoes or rice. You can also serve it over toast for an open-faced hot chicken sandwich.
I like to serve this with a side of green beans, peas and carrots, or mixed vegetables. Not only does this provide even more nutrition, but it also adds color to the plate.
Can You Make Chicken and Gravy in an Instant Pot?
If you’re really pressed for time, you can make Instant Pot chicken and gravy. Just make sure you have enough liquid for it to reach full pressure. The cooking time is about 10 minutes for thawed chicken and 12-15 minutes if it’s frozen.
How to Store Leftovers
This is a great recipe for anyone who enjoys having leftovers. Allow it to cool before putting it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator over night or for a couple of days.
You can also freeze it in a sealed container. Then next time you want a delicious meal, thaw it and heat it in a saucepan on medium heat.
FAQs About Chicken
If you would like to know more about chicken, take a look at these frequently asked questions about chicken. You’ll see some tips on selection, handling, and cooking one of America’s favorite types of meat.
See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.
Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
There are so many different chicken dishes that are perfect for your Crock Pot or slow cooker. Here are some of our favorites:
Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken – Tropical flavors make this a family favorite.
Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken – This simple recipe delivers a huge amount of flavor!
Crock Pot Catalina Chicken – The payoff of this chicken dinner is amazing for very little effort.
Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken – The blend of lemon, garlic, and other seasonings elevate this chicken dish to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Crock Pot Chicken Stroganoff – If you like beef stroganoff, you’ll love it with chicken.
More Delicious Recipes Made in the Slow Cooker
I have several different sizes of slow cookers because I love the convenience and results they produce. Here are some more of our favorite Crock Pot meals:
Crock Pot Garlic Tomato Roast Beef – You can slice or shred the roast beef, depending on how you want to serve it. We like it over rice or mashed potatoes.
Barbecue Pork Tenderloin – Cook this pork tenderloin in your slow cooker for out-of-this-world yummy flavor.
Crock Pot Beef and Noodles – My friend Julie shares this deliciously comforting but easy recipe on her Back to My Southern Roots blog.
Easy Crock Pot Lasagna – We’ve always enjoyed lasagna, but I didn’t always have time for all of the steps to make it the traditional way. This slow cooker version is just as good and so much easier!
Creamy Ranch Pork Chops – You can use any cut of pork chops to make this flavor-packed dish.
Chicken and Gravy Over Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes will quickly become a favorite family dinner!
- 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1 teaspoon of dry ranch mix (optional)
- Salt and black pepper to taste (optional)
- Spray the inside of your slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the chicken breasts in the pot.
- Sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder over the chicken. If you’re using dry ranch mix, sprinkle it in.
- Whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch. Pour it over the chicken.
- If you want salt and pepper, add it now.
- Cover the pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- Remove the chicken and shred it. I used 2 forks, but you can use meat shredder claws if you have them.
- Place the chicken back in the pot and add the sour cream. Stir until it is mixed into the gravy.
- Serve over mashed potatoes.
You can serve this chicken and gravy over rice or noodles if you prefer. If you enjoy open-face sandwiches, serve it over toast.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 278Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 116mgSodium 613mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 37g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.
Thursday 3rd of November 2022
Sorry, but this recipe did not work out for me. The gravy did not thicken at all. Too bad because it tasted good.
Friday 18th of November 2022
Thanks so much for the suggestions - I will try them. I'm looking forward to making this again as I love simple down-home recipes like this!
Friday 4th of November 2022
Hi Elizabeth. I'm so sorry that the gravy didn't thicken for you. It always turns out just right for me. Perhaps you can add a bit more cornstarch (like 1/2 to a full teaspoon?) to see if it comes out at a consistency you like. Another thing you can try is to make the gravy in a separate saucepan and whisk while it heats up. After it thickens, add it to the slow cooker. Thank you so much for the comment.
Monday 12th of September 2022
Very good recipe, I used low fat yogurt and it tuned out delicious.
Monday 12th of September 2022
Hi Wayne! Sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Monday 4th of October 2021
When you make it in the instant pit, do you add all the ingredients at the same time as the chicken?
Monday 4th of October 2021
Hi Katerina. The sour cream is added after you shred the chicken. Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of the post, and you'll see the order for the best results. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
Sunday 6th of June 2021
How can I make this without sour cream?
Sunday 6th of June 2021
Hi Tina. Sometimes I substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream, and I think it would work in this recipe. If you can't have dairy, perhaps coconut milk or other non-dairy "milk" would work. I hope this helps.