March 11, 2019

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy

An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.


I am so completely IN LOVE with this recipe! It’s taken me several attempts to get it juuuuust right but now that I have, we eat this all the time! Husband even asked for it again last weekend, which is saying a lot since he doesn’t usually get too excited about food.

Here’s where you’re wondering why the universe would pair up a die-hard foodie who loves to cook like me with a man who really doesn’t care much about eating! Our friends ask the same question all the time!

Husband and the girls like this over mashed potatoes but you know me and ol’ Brutus always like rice the best. I usually make both so everyone is happy. I usually make both because the majority rules in favor of the mashed potatoes but I’m the cook so I can make rice too if I want to!

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

The first time I made this I used one of the many recipes floating around online for something similar and, though it tasted pretty good, the gravy was very watery and had to be thickened (which wasn’t mentioned in the recipe… grrrr).

The most common recipes I see online call for the same ingredients: cream of chicken soup, water and chicken gravy mix. After all my testing, my final recipe includes:
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Chicken broth (instead of water)
  • Brown gravy mix (instead of chicken)
  • Seasonings and
  • Flour (to thicken the gravy)

I found that the combination of cream of chicken soup and the dry chicken gravy packet was just "too yellow" tasting 😬 I hope that makes sense!

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

I know we’re not cooking a gourmet meal here and using a lot of shortcut ingredients but I really, really prefer the brown gravy mix over the chicken flavor in this. It makes for a richer color and a more homemade taste.

No matter how many times I made this or how many variations of the recipe I tried, the gravy was never thick. It was more like a sauce. I know it seems like it would be plenty thick with these ingredients but after cooking so long, the gravy really thins out.

I would always end up having to pour the sauce into a pan and thicken it on the stove with a cornstarch slurry. Not that it was hard to do that but the thing that appeals most to me about slow cooker meals is that everything cooks in one pot (ideally).

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

To remedy this I added flour to the mixture and it worked like a charm! I was worried I would be able to taste the raw flour (which is why we cook it in some sort of fat first when making traditional pan gravy) but nope, that raw taste cooks away in the crock pot!

And I didn’t use cornstarch because the gravy packets already have plenty of cornstarch in them and I didn’t want the dish to have a starchy taste to it.

Do you see how much time I put into thinking about recipes? It’s ridiculous, I know! It’s literally how I put myself to sleep at night. Instead of counting sheep, I say to myself, alright Mandy, let’s cook something and I start writing a recipe in my head and then… zzZzzzZz……

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

Speaking of sleeping… I need your help with something if you can. I… ummm… well I have started… ugh… snoring 😟 Like really snoring. I wake Husband up all night with my snoring and he wakes me up all night telling me I’m snoring.

He started out just gently nudging me and telling me to roll over on my side but after months and months of this I now wake up to him tugging my hair or pinching my nose shut like he’s trying to suffocate me. I think he might actually be contemplating strangling me at this point.

Then I get mad and go get on the couch then he gets mad when he wakes up in the morning and I’m not in the bed with him. Something’s got to give, y’all! He’s either going to smother me in my sleep or we’re going to end up divorced!

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

He snores too and I’ve put up with it for allllllll these years so I thought I would get even and take a video of him snoring so he could see I’m dealing with the same thing. Then he took a video of me snoring and it was awful! I was 10 times louder than him! I was like one of those snow beasts from that Star Wars movie. It was atrocious! I ain’t even mad! No wonder he took a video and has been trying to kill me in my sleep!

I’ve tried the Breathe Right strips and they help a tiny bit. I’m looking in to having a sleep study done. I’m also considering buying a specialized mattress because I’ve heard that could help. Do any of you have any other suggestions? Have you tired anything that works? What tricks do you have up your sleeves?

So, there you have it… a yummy recipe and waaaaay too much information about what goes on in my bedroom!

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy

An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 3 hourstotal time: 3 hours and 5 mins

ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts (2.5 lbs.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 10.5-oz cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 14.5-oz can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 packs brown gravy mix
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a medium-sized crock pot. Season with pepper and garlic powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients then stir well. Pour mixture over chicken breasts.
  3. Cover crock pot then cook on high for 3-4 hours. Reduce temperature to warm then shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces using two forks.
  4. Serve chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.

NOTES:

  • The gravy thickens more as it cools. I have found that I enjoy this the most when I remove the lid and let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving – trust me, it will still be plenty hot!
  • Base your cooking time on your crock pot. If you know your crock pot “cooks hot” then you will likely only need to cook the chicken for 3 hours. If yours is super slow to get going, you may have to cook it 4 hours (or more). I have three crock pots that I use the most. One is crazy hot and always overcooks recipes. One is super slow and can’t be used for recipes that cook on high (I use “high” for “low” and don’t even try to cook recipes that cook on the “high” setting). And one is juuussssst right. I’m like Goldilocks.
  • I’ve never cooked this on low so I’m not 100% sure how the gravy will hold out cooking that long. If you try it, please let us know!
  • You can use chicken gravy if you prefer but I like the color and flavor of the brown gravy packs best in this.
  • The flour is a thickening agent. If you don’t want to use it, leave it out then use a cornstarch slurry to thicken at the end. I know it seems like you wouldn’t need anything to thicken this but you really, really do.


This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!

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Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy | An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.


28 comments:

  1. 1. What about using one of those incline pillows meant for acid reflux?

    2. Could this be made with chicken thighs? (Because we can't ever have the same kind of chicken the recipe calls for!)

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    1. I was thinking of trying those pillows too! I'm sure this would be great with thighs too!

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  2. Hi Mandy! Most of all I love your recipes. Snoring-there was a Dr. On the Today show this morning. He specializes in sleep. He had this tiny little device that slips in the end of your nostrils. He said it works and he uses it. Check out today.com/shop.

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  3. Okay, "yellow tasting" makes complete sense to me...I think you just invented a new gourmet term ��
    Here is my tip for thickening. I now use instant potato buds in place of cs or flour. They work great and add a little richer flavor. Try it, especially in soups.
    As for the snoring, get your husband a nice pair of ear plugs.
    As always thanks for the recipe and sharing a little bit of your life.

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  4. This looks yum!!!! I started using “Smart Nora” insert inside my pillowcase. It’s facinating how it works. Took me a few nights to get used to it. It’s expensive but really works. Has a 30 day money back return policy.

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    1. May I interject? Smart Nora isnt so smart if you use this device but have Sleep Apnea. All Smart Nora does is listen for your snores and then move your pillow slightly so you (hopefully) resume regular breathing. However, if you have sleep apnea and let it go undiagnosed by using this machine, you are creating potential SERIOUS health issues. Even if Smart Nora does get you to stop snoring, your snoring is a possible sign of sleep apnea and your body is not getting a steady flow of oxygen through your nose and mouth. When that happens, heart disease can and usually does result.

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  5. My husband uses a mouth piece called Z quiet. Sost around $99.00 for 2 of them. He's used it for about 3 years and IT WORKS great. Just takes a little getting used to.

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  6. I'm a nurse. Get a sleep study done. I had pretty much the exact same experience you described, and now I have a cpap. I can't believe how much better I sleep. If you truly have sleep apnea, all those other things won't work because they don't keep your airway open, which is the problem. Good luck! Oh, and I'm making this for dinner tomorrow. I can't wait! ��

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  7. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all! An amazing inspiration! I've found eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, topically on your feet or chest, or diffused in a diffuser pleasantly relieve snoring. Pleasantly, that is, if you love the fragrance like I do. Good luck! I was never going to shave or have hairs on my face, either. Well, I ain't ashamed to tell you I'll admit to shaving my face a time or two every week. Time seems to humble even the mighty!

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  8. I'm going to vote with the sleep study/ CPAP machine crew. If you have severe snoring that is causing issues, it is probably the way to go. My husband uses the CPAP as well as the wedge pillow AND the breathe right strips when he's having a difficult patch.

    We tried the chin strap (total no-go) and are actually looking into a dental appliance which sounds promising but is also super expensive.

    Everyone is different. Just keep trying different approaches and combinations and eventually you will figure it out!

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  9. Mandy, I did sleep studies for years as I am a Respiratory Therapist. You and your hubby need to get to the sleep lab and get your sleep studies. Both of you. For your health sake. I cannot wait to try the chicken and gravy. Anything with gravy is good. And anything in the crockpot is better. Right? Good Luck. You will feel so much better.

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  10. I agree with the 'unknown' nurse. I have sleep apnea diagnosed via sleep studies. Although my cpap does not work for me (because of various reasons but mainly because my tonsils are HUGE and my palette is VERY narrow), most (especially my mom) do so well with a cpap machine that it truly changes their life. If you have insurance, this should be covered. Its a slightly inconvenience to do it but it will be life changing, especially if you are very tired. Also, there are SIGNIFICANT disease associated with undiagnosed sleep apnea such as heart disease. Not trying to scare you but this is something easily solved.

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  11. and PS I have all your books and love your blog. :)

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  12. Another comment from a nurse. I agree. It's VERY important that you contact your primary care and get a referral to a local sleep center. You need a sleep study. There are many causes for snoring - polyps, structural issues, severe allergies to things in your sleep environment,etc. But no matter what the cause, the result is often obstructive sleep apnea. When your oxygen level drops at night because you're not getting enough air into your lungs, your cortisol levels rise. That's because your body needs this stimulation to force you to breathe even while you sleep. This chronic over-stimulation can lead to hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias and stroke. It also causes you to burn a lot of the sugar in your blood which makes you hungry and more prone to weight gain, which in turn can worsen the obstruction. It's nothing to mess around with. Breathe Right strips are only effective for a very small number of patients with snoring. They don't have any effect on whether your airway is closing at the larynx. The only way to diagnose the problem is to see a physician that specializes in sleep disorders. Don't waste your money on expensive mattresses or pillows until you find out what's going on. There are a number of remedies, the most common of which is CPAP. Also there are other dental devices which have been studied and approved by the FDA if you cannot tolerate CPAP. These are not available over the counter. If you choose one of these, you'll need to see a qualified dentist who specializes in sleep disorder appliances. No matter what, you should start with a professional sleep study and follow up with them to be sure the remedy is effective. Please don't delay. It's very important to your health.

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  13. This recipe looks SO yummy! Can't wait to try it! And I highly recommend the sleep study - for both of you! You may need a CPAP machine, which is an amazing contraption that I can't live without. Also, you need to be aware that undiagnosed sleep apnea can damage your heart and brain if not taken care of, since you actually stop breathing in your sleep (which is what causes the snoring/snorting - you're suffocating! So, get it checked out asap! We need you around, Mandy!

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  15. My wife had knee replacement in November there were 20 people in there going thru orientation 16 had CPAP machines. Everyone doesnt have sleep apnea over diagnosed over prescribed panic time. No one knows anyone that has done a sleep test that passes without sleep apnea no matter what hysteria surrounds it

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  16. This is DELICIOUS. I just made it in my Instapot (didn't change any ingredients , just used the "chicken" setting). My picky 8 year old LOVES it. My husband loves it. I love it. Definitely making this often!! Thabk you!

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  17. I see a sexy, sexy CPAP in your future! Seriously, Husband probably IS contemplating how to kill you and get away with it. I know, because I fantasized about it for months before convincing my own husband to GO GET A DAMN SLEEP STUDY!!! It's infuriating for both parties; I couldn't sleep because he sounded like a buzz saw, and he couldn't sleep because I kept poking and prodding him. It was a true life and marriage saver when he brought that CPAP home.

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  18. Mandy, I am a recently retired night nurse of many years. Can't tell you how many times while checking on patients during night, encountered a patient doing what you are describing. Long story, short; see your doctor.

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  19. Can this be done in a electric roaster? I only ask because, I am thinking about doing this for Church Wednesday night, and we are talking about anywhere from between 20-40 people to cook for..

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    1. I'm sure it can but I have no idea about the cooking times. If you try it, let us know how it goes and how long you cooked it. Good luck!!

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  20. I'm hoping this recipe isn't too salty like the others I've tried.
    The only thing that helps me quit snoring is losing weight. When I start snoring, I know I need to lose a few pounds. Then the snoring stops. Very weird, I know but it helps me stop snoring.

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  21. I can’t wait to try this! Does the leftovers freeze well? I’m only cooking for two so I’m sure we would have extra.

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    1. I've never frozen it, so I can't say. We usually have it over mashed potatoes/rice the first night then I make open-faced sandwiches with it a day or two later to eat up the leftovers :)

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  22. I made this last night with chicken thigh fillets. I added some fresh mushrooms. It was delicious. The gravy was a little runny, I think the mushrooms added a lot of liquid, so next time I will add another tablespoon of flour.

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  23. This looks really good so will make it in the very near future. As far as the snoring, I had a mouth guard made by my dentist and it works great for me. It’s expensive but my insurance covered it. It takes a little getting used to but now I use it all the time. I also use lavender linen spray, take a hot shower and put socks on before I go to sleep. You should both have sleep studies done. Mine was marginal and it seems that the mouth guard is working.

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  24. I doubled the recipe just yesterday as I cooked for the week for my 2 disabled children. My gravy was loose also i drained it into a 2 quart pot added cornstarch and cooked it on the stove for a few minutes

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Hi there! While I'm not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven't been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y'all! - Mandy