Easy chicken gravy is a great homemade addition to any meal. It is not hard to make and tastes much better than any packet!
Chicken gravy is an easy DIY sauce that’s perfect for everything, and of course, I mean everything. Pouring this easy chicken gravy over chicken, mashed potatoes or stuffing are just the tips of the iceberg.
Something really cool about gravy is that you can adjust it based on what you like and it almost always turns out great. This recipe uses onions, celery, carrots, and chicken stock or broth to pack this gravy full of flavor.
The carrots, celery, and onions are seen as a powerful base for soups and broths because they can make everything a million times better in both taste and smell.
While it’s easy enough to pick up a packet of dry gravy sauce from the store and boil it with water, a homemade chicken broth gravy isn’t too much more work.
Well, there are a few more steps and minutes involved but there’s a huge difference in appearance, taste, smell, and thickness. All of which are reasons why I urge everyone to try making gravy at least once in their life.
Chicken stock gravy is a game changer at the dinner table for sure. Not just on big Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays where gravy graces the table in a little boat, but for your everyday dinner too.
Of course, I mention dinner because that’s when it’s most used, but pouring some gravy over a meaty sandwich at lunch is also a great idea, so don’t toss out any leftovers!
How to make chicken gravy
- In a medium sized saucepan on the stove, melt your butter.
- Add in the carrots, celery, onions, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
- Cook until the veggies are slightly softened and starting to turn a golden brown.
- Add in the flour and then stir until the veggies are coated.
- Add in the chicken stock or broth and then stir until smooth.
- Bring the pot to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened. This should take about 3-5 minutes depending on your preference.
- Strain the gravy to remove the chunks and then serve.
What can I put in chicken gravy to make it taste better?
You already have the great base for veggies adding flavor, but adding in some fresh herbs can make a huge difference too. Things like thyme, sage, parsley or chives can add a ton of flavor in a very simple way.
Do you use chicken broth or stock for gravy?
You can use either one for this gravy. Broth is made from the meatier parts of a chicken and water whereas stock is made from vegetables, and the broth made from simmering the chicken bones for a long time. As a result, stock is more flavorful than broth, so if you’re looking for a better option stock is usually it.
Can I use chicken drippings?
Yes. If you have a cooked chicken that isn’t too salty or powerful in flavor like a BBQ sauce, then there’s no real reason why you cant grab some of that chicken drippings created and add in it to replace some of the broth or stock. Doing this can also help to make the two dishes taste more compatible and alike in flavors.
Easy Chicken Gravy
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 carrots rough chopped
- 2 stalks celery rough chopped
- 1 onion rough chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups chicken stock broth will work as well
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
- Add the carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper.
- Cook until veggies are slightly softened and turning golden brown.
- Add the flour and stir until the veggies are coated.
- Add the chicken stock or broth and stir until smooth.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 3-5 minutes depending on your preference.
- Strain and serve.
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