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Smothered Chicken

Smothered chicken punches up the intensity by slow-simmering chicken in a flavorful gravy. This will bring the family to the dinner table in a flash!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Smothered Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 280kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 (3-4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels. Sprinkle chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt and  1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a shallow bowl, spread 3/4 cup all-purpose flour. Dredge chicken pieces, one at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken pieces, skin side down, cooking 4-6 minutes until nicely browned. Remove browned chicken to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces, adjusting heat as need, so not to burn the flour.
  • Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the oil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onions, celery, garlic, and carrots and cook until veggies are soft, 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour over veggies and stir to combine. Continue to cook for 1 minute. Mix in broth, poultry seasoning, cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Nestle chicken pieces into sauce along with any accumulated juices. Partially cover and simmer chicken 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through and tender.
  • Transfer chicken to a deep platter. Adjust gravy seasoning if needed, then pour over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11026IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg