Elevate Thanksgiving dinner with this flavorful chicken gravy using rich and aromatic chicken broth. This simple yet delicious recipe brings out the essence of home-cooked comfort in every spoonful. Forget store-bought gravy! With this recipe, you can transform simple ingredients into a luscious golden-brown homemade chicken gravy. It wonderfully complements your favorite poultry dishes. This gravy is easy to make with broth instead of drippings, you can also use turkey broth or make it vegan and use vegetable broth. However you choose to make it, we have elevated the flavor with herbs and seasonings.
Why You Will Love Homemade Gravy
- This gravy is lightened up and easy to make.
- It is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast.
- It is excellent with cooked turkey or chicken.
- The base of this gravy is chicken broth.
- There is no need to have turkey or chicken drippings to make this recipe.
What Is Chicken Gravy?
This chicken gravy is made from chicken broth. It is seasoned with fresh herbs and spices for flavor. Then, it simmers on the stove to allow the flavors to develop and is thickened with a cornstarch slurry. This homemade gravy is delicious with cooked turkey, chicken, or your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. We have made a lightened-up gravy that is full of flavor.
Ingredients Needed For Chicken Gravy
- Chicken Broth: Low-sodium chicken broth is the base of the gravy.
- Better Than Bouillon: Use the roasted chicken base version of Better Than Bouillon. It is a concentrated paste that comes in a jar. It adds incredible dimension and flavor to gravy.
- Seasonings: Season the gravy with onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and an optional pinch of salt if needed.
- Herbs: Dried thyme, dried sage, rosemary, and bay leaf add depth of flavor.
- Cornstarch: Make a cornstarch slurry with equal parts cornstarch and water to thicken the gravy.
How To Make Chicken Gravy Without Drippings
Step 1: Add the chicken broth, Better Than Bouillon, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, dried sage, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and bay leaf to a saucepan.
Step 2: Bring the ingredients in the saucepan to a simmer. Whisk continuously while the ingredients simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove the bay leaf from the saucepan. Then, mix the cornstarch with equal parts cold water in a bowl. Next, pour the cornstarch slurry into the saucepan and whisk.
Step 4: Continue to whisk while the gravy simmers and thickens. Then, taste the gravy once it has cooled and add a pinch of salt if needed. Then, remove the gravy from the saucepan and serve.
What To Serve With Gravy
Serve this chicken gravy with biscuits, roasted chicken or turkey, mashed potatoes, and our turkey stuffing meatballs! Also, it is delicious alongside a Thanksgiving feast with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
- Continuously Whisk: While the gravy simmers, continuously whisk so it doesn’t burn. Also, whisk to incorporate the cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy.
- Let The Ingredients Simmer: Let the ingredients simmer to allow the flavors to develop and intensify.
- What Chicken Broth To Use: This chicken gravy is made with low-sodium chicken broth. If you don’t have low-sodium broth, you can use regular chicken broth but don’t add any salt to the recipe.
- Make A Cornstarch Slurry: Don’t just add the cornstarch to the saucepan. Instead, mix it with equal parts cold water to make a slurry. Then, add the slurry to the saucepan and whisk.
- Thicker Gravy: If a thicker gravy is desired after you add the two tablespoons of the cornstarch slurry, mix another tablespoon of cornstarch and one tablespoon of cold water to make another slurry. Then, slowly add the slurry one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. You don’t need to use the full extra tablespoon. It allows you to control the thickness of the gravy to your preference without adding too much additional thickening agent at once.
How To Store And Reheat Leftover Gravy
Storing: Let leftover chicken gravy cool and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last 3-4 days.
Freezing: You can freeze leftover gravy in a freezer-safe container for 1-2 months. Let the gravy come to room temperature before freezing it and keep in mind that it will freeze solid. Also, leave some space in the container for expansion during freezing. When reheating frozen gravy, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then gently reheat it on the stove or in the microwave, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. It helps maintain the quality of the gravy and prevents it from separating and becoming watery.
Reheating: Reheat gravy in a saucepan on the stove over low heat until warm. Or, reheat it in a microwave-safe container in the microwave.
Chicken Gravy Variations
- Use Different Broth: You can make this gravy with chicken broth, turkey broth, chicken stock, turkey stock, or vegetable broth.
- Make Vegan Gravy: To make this gravy vegan, replace the chicken Better Than Bouillon and replace it with seasoned vegetable Better Than Bouillon. Also, use vegetable broth or stock instead of chicken broth.
- Taste The Gravy Once Done: Once your gravy is done and cooled enough to taste, determine if you need more salt or seasonings.
- More Intense Flavor: If you want a more intense flavor, you can add another 1/2 teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make Gravy Without Drippings?
Yes, you can make gravy without turkey drippings. This chicken gravy is made with chicken broth. Drippings are the juices left in the pan after cooking turkey or chicken. You don’t need drippings to make this recipe, as we used chicken broth instead. Also, we added herbs, seasonings, and some Better Than Bouillon for maximum flavor.
Is Chicken Gravy Gluten-Free?
This chicken gravy is gluten-free if you use gluten-free cornstarch.
Can I Make Gravy With Chicken Broth?
Yes, you can make homemade gravy with broth. Use either chicken broth, turkey broth, or vegetable broth. The herbs, seasonings, and Better Than Bouillon enhance the flavor. The gravy simmers to intensify the flavors and thickens with cornstarch.
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8 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories14
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0g 0%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 70mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
- Sugars 0.1g
- Protein 0.6g 0%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.