How to Make Delicious Chicken & Gravy

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Today I am going to share how to make delicious chicken & gravy. This is the first post I have written since entering into this unprecedented time of social distancing and quarantine. These certainly are uncertain times and I pray that you and your family are staying safe, healthy and sane.

Taking a Minute

When it became clear that we would be staying at home for an extended period of time, I decided to hit the pause button on blogging for a minute. I wanted to see how this would impact my family and our friends and didn’t want to continue on posting as if nothing was happening.

Now that we are over a week into this thing, I feel like I am ready to pick back up. For one thing, I think we are all trying to figure out meal planning and grocery shopping during this crazy time. I have had 3 trips to the store in the last week and a half. The first two were incredibly frustrating. Both times, I went with my little meal plan and grocery list only to find that 1/2 the things on my list weren’t there. I proceeded to then aimlessly wander the aisles picking up random ingredients that might possibly be useful. Lasagna noodles, a box of chicken flavored rice, a bag of frozen potstickers, yogurt, etc….You get it, super random. I am sure if you have braved the stores in the last week or so you can relate.

Time to Make a Plan

Finally, after a few days of stressing and feeling out of control with this whole thing, I decided to make a plan. I sat down in my kitchen with a sheet of paper and wrote out the words “Proteins, Starches, Vegetables”

I then listed out what we currently had in our house that fit into each of those categories. It looked a little like this…sorry, I should have taken a picture

Proteins: Chicken breasts, bacon, hot dogs, eggs, sausage patties, frozen chicken nuggets, chicken potstickers, lunch meat, pepperoni

Starches: rice (1), pasta (2), lasagna noodles (2), frozen hash browns, french fries, chicken flavored rice

Vegetables: Corn, broccoli, and bell peppers & onion, carrots, jalapeños

The actual list was a bit more extensive, but I am working from memory. You get the idea, I’m sure. From here, I started listing out meals that I could make.

I found that when I took a step back and really looked at what we had, that we could easily feed our family for 2 weeks if not longer on what we had.

Now, were some of those meals frozen pizza? Yes! Were some of those meals breakfast for dinner? You bet! However, most of those meals were balanced, wholesome, yummy meals that I know my family will love.

Reverse Meal Planning

Someone may have already coined this phrase, I don’t know. But I am calling the process described above “reverse meal planning” If you are feeling anxious or stressed by the lack of food on the shelves at the grocery store, I would highly recommend this exercise.

Seeing empty shelves at the grocery store and absorbing all of the news and updates we are constantly getting can be really overwhelming. For me, taking a minute to organize my thoughts and my plan where food was concerned was very helpful in keeping my anxiety at bay.

Comfort Food Helps Too

Another great tactic for battling anxiety in uncertain times is some good ol’ fashioned comfort food! This recipe is comfort food personified in my opinion. Better yet, it’s actually very healthy! Just a few simple ingredients and you are on your way to a big bowl of delicious chicken and gravy.

There are a few different ways to make this easy and delicious meal. I have made it both in the crockpot as well as in the InstantPot. When I made it this time, I used my InstantPot but I will also include directions for how to do it in your crockpot. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I would highly recommend getting one. They allow you to get slow cooker results in a fraction of the time. This is the one I use, we have had it for 3 years and it has never given us any problems.

Crockpot Directions

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can easily convert this recipe for a slow cooker. Follow all of the other directions laid out in the recipe and just cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on how powerful your slow cooker is. As for thickening the gravy, my slow cooker has a sauté option, so when I use it for this recipe, I just switch to sauté and bring the gravy to a boil. If yours doesn’t have this function, you can remove the chicken and transfer the gravy to a saucepan to thicken. Or, you can just eat it as is, it is still delicious!

I hope you enjoy this super simple and delicious recipe as much as we do. You can serve it over rice, noodles, stuffing, or mashed potatoes. I will often freeze the leftovers and use them as the base for a casserole later on. I have used the leftovers to make my Green Chili Chicken Bake many times. The possibilities for this one are endless. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Chicken & Gravy

Chicken & Gravy

This classic chicken and gravy recipe is sure to become a family favorite. Tender, savory chicken cooked in a rich gravy either in a pressure cooker or slow cooker. Serve over rice, noodles or use it as the base for soups and casseroles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Instructions
 

For Instant Pot

  • Combine chicken stock and cream of chicken in your instant pot, whisking to combine
  • Add chicken breasts
  • Seal the lid and push the “Manual” button on your instant pot and set the time for 15 minutes. 
  • When the timer goes, let the pot naturally release for about 10 minutes and then manually release any remaining steam.
  • In a small bowl or jar combine the cornstarch and water.
  • Remove the chicken and reset the pot to sauté 
  • Pour in about half of the water and cornstarch mixture and wait for the liquid to come to a boil.
  • While your gravy is coming to a boil, use two forks to shred the chicken. It should pretty much just fall apart but the forks will make it a little easier. 
  • Let boil for 5 minutes or so until the gravy begins to thicken. If you want it to be thicker, add the remaining cornstarch mixture and let boil another 5 minutes.
  • Once your gravy is to the consistency you like it, add the chicken back in and serve immediately. 

For Crockpot

  • Combine chicken stock and cream of chicken in your instant pot whisking to combine
  • Add chicken breasts and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Removed the cooked chicken and shred with a fork, it should fall apart easily.
  • In a small bowl or jar combine the cornstarch and water.
  • To thicken the gravy, move it to a saucepan and add the cornstarch mixture, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  • You can also add the cornstarch mixture into the gravy and leave the crockpot on warm. It will take longer to thicken but it will eventually. You can also skip the thickening step and serve as is.

Notes

Serve with rice, noodles, stuffing or mashed potatoes. Save leftovers to make a casserole later on. If you don’t want to bother with thickening the gravy, you can add two packages of chicken gravy mix to your stock and soup mixture.
Keyword chicken and gravy, Comfort food, Crockpot, easy dinner recipes, Instant Pot

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