Easy Chicken Gravy Recipe

Easy Chicken Gravy is perfectly seasoned, great to add to any dish and it only takes five minutes and a few ingredients to make it. You can use pan drippings, broth, or stock, and you have the perfect comfort food in minutes. Add a dollop to some rice or noodles for an easy weeknight dinner. 

If you are looking for other easy dinners, try our Sweet and Spicy Chicken with its crispy skin and sticky sweet sauce or this Chicken Fried Rice that is even better than takeout from your favorite Chinese place. If you are serving beef, try our Easy Beef Gravy that only takes a few minutes with a few ingredients. 

gravy on top of mashed potatoes with chicken and veggies

Easy Chicken Gravy 

Whether you make this recipe with chicken stock, broth, or fat drippings from roasted meat, you cannot go wrong with our easy gravy recipe.

In fact, it is the perfect topping for any dish from chicken to pork and even beef or veal. Try it with your own fresh herbs to give it a personal taste. 


Ingredients needed:

Don’t miss our recipe card below to get the instructions and measurements but here are the simple ingredients you need for this easy recipe:

  • Corn starch and water: For the slurry.
  • Chicken broth: You can use stock or bouillon.
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Kosher salt 
  • Black pepper 

a ladle of easy chicken gravy

How to make easy chicken gravy from scratch?

  1. Boil: First, bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. 
  2. Combine: As it cooks, stir in the garlic and onion powder and continue stirring for two minutes. 
  3. Thicken: Next, make your slurry by mixing cold water and corn starch in a small bowl until it is dissolved. Then stir it into the boiling liquid until it is the right consistency. 
  4. Season: Last, add salt and pepper as needed. 
  5. Serve: Finally, serve over mashed potatoes, roast chicken, or any of your favorite chicken recipes.

Recipe variations:

  • Bone broth: For a more flavorful and healthy homemade gravy, use bone broth instead of traditional broth. 
  • All purpose flour: You can substitute the corn starch with flour if you need to.
  • Slow cooker: If you want to stock up on gravy and freeze it, double or triple the recipe and cook it in a slow cooker on low for four to six hours. 
  • Drippings: If you happen to be cooking a chicken, use the pan drippings from the bottom of the pan to add incredible flavor to this great recipe.
  • Make it creamy: Use milk or cream to make creamy gravy.

How to serve:

With this simple recipe, you can have incredible gravy to pour onto any of your favorite recipes. Here are some of our serving suggestions:

  • This is perfect to pour on healthy dinners and vegetable dishes or soups. 
  • Pour a spoonful of this gravy on top of two large chicken breasts with rice.
  • Another way to enjoy this is on top of biscuits.
  • In fact, you can add some of this simple chicken gravy on any white meats, not just chicken dishes.
  • Of course, it is almost always used on mashed potatoes.
  • Serve at breakfast with eggs and hash browns. 

pouring chicken gravy on mashed potatoes

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a roux and a slurry?

A roux is made with butter, oil, or fat from chicken drippings mixed with flour. You mix it together over heat until it thickens.

A slurry is made from water and cornstarch and is used cold. You mix it with something hot to thicken it. 

What is the difference between chicken broth, stock, and bone broth? 

Broth and stock are often used in making sauces and soups, but they do have a little bit of a difference.

The stock is made from simmering roasted chicken bones with vegetables. Broth is made from simmering with raw meaty bones and vegetables and added meat. 

Bone broth is the same as stock except it has to simmer for a full 48 hours. It is typically used for drinking and is said to have health benefits like improving sleep, strengthening bones, and is beneficial to your skin and digestive system.

It is also supposed to be great for the immune system and has natural collagen.

What if my gravy is runny?

If your gravy is too thin, add a bit more slurry or roux and stir over medium heat until it is thicker.

Remember though, it will thicken as it cools. If you end up with gravy that is too thick, just add some broth or stock until the gravy consistency is right. 

a forkful of veggies with gravy

How to store leftovers:

  1. Store: It is easy to store leftover gravy in an airtight container in your refrigerator. It will keep for about three or four days. 
  2. Freeze: To freeze your gravy, let it cool to room temperature before putting it in a freezer-safe container. You can keep it for up to three months in your freezer.
  3. Thaw: You do not have to thaw your gravy to reheat it. Just put it in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is warm all the way through.

Recipe tips:

  • The best way to make smooth gravy is by using a whisk when adding the flour to your hot chicken broth. 
  • Use a paper towel to wipe your whisk between stirrings.
  • If you want to add a little color and seasoning to your gravy, add a teaspoon of browning and seasoning sauce to make brown gravy.
  • You can also use chicken bouillon cubes if you do not have chicken broth or stock. 
  • Do not walk away from the stove. It thickens quickly and you do not want it to burn. 
  • Use the juices from rotisserie chicken for even more flavorful gravy.
5 from 7 votes
gravy on top of mashed potatoes with chicken and veggies
Easy Chicken Gravy
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

Easy Chicken Gravy is perfectly seasoned, great to add to any dish and it only takes five minutes and a few ingredients to make it.

Course: Sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Chicken Gravy
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 35 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  1. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add chicken broth and bring it to a boil.

  2. Stir in garlic powder and onion powder, and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl whisk together water and corn starch until fully dissolved. Stir the slurry into the boiling broth until thickened.

  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Serve hot over your favorite dishes.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 432mg19%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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