Smothered Chicken Thighs in Onion Gravy

Smothered Chicken Thighs in Onion Gravy

Smothered Chicken Thighs in Onion Gravy

PREP TIME: 30 mins
COOK TIME: 25 mins
TOTAL TIME: 55 mins
SERVINGS: 4 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pure olive oil
  • 8 (3 pounds) bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup homemade chicken stock or reduced-fat, low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish

Method:

1 – Preheat the oven:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2 – Season the flour:

In a large shallow dish, combine the flour, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and stir to combine.
Seasoned flour in a dish to make a Southern smothered chicken recipe.

3 – Heat the oil and prep and season chicken:

In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering.

4 – Season and sear the chicken:

Pat the chicken thighs dry using a paper towel. Place chicken in the flour-spice mixture to coat on both sides. Shake off the excess flour (and make sure to set the flour aside, you’ll need it to make the gravy).

Add the coated thighs to the pan without crowding and sear in two batches (if necessary) until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set chicken aside on a plate.
Coating chicken in seasoned flour mixture to make an easy smothered chicken and gravy recipe.
Pan-fried chicken thighs in a skillet to show how to make smothered chicken thighs in onion gravy

5 – Cook the aromatics:

Add the onions to the skillet and decrease the heat to medium. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 to 60 seconds.
Aromatics cooked in a skillet to show how to make smothered chicken thighs in onion gravy

6 – Add flour and make gravy:

Add the remaining flour-spice mixture into the onions and stir to coat and combine. Add the chicken stock to the onion flour mixture. Stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and simmer.
Flour spice mixture and cooked aromatics in a skillet for an easy smothered chicken and gravy recipe.

7 – Add chicken and remaining ingredients into skillet:

Add to the skillet the reserved chicken thighs with any accumulated juices, thyme sprigs, and the bay leaf. Nestle the thighs into the onions and turn to coat all sides in the gravy.
Making Southern smothered chicken recipe in a skillet.

8 – Finish in the oven:

Transfer the skillet to the oven, uncovered, and cook until the juices of the chicken run clear when pierced with a knife and the temperature reads 165°F when inserted with an instant-read thermometer, 20 to 25 minutes.

If the gravy seems too thick, remove the chicken thighs to a serving plate and add chicken stock a little at a time. (The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon.)
Making Southern smothered chicken recipe in a skillet.

9 – Adjust seasoning and serve:

Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

ENJOY!

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