Southern Smothered Chicken Recipe: A Winning One-Pan 30-Minute Chicken Dinner by 30Seconds Food

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Southern Smothered Chicken Recipe: A Winning One-Pan 30-Minute Chicken Dinner

If you enjoy smothered pork chops and smothered steak, you need a smothered chicken recipe in your life. This easy smothered chicken is a southern staple and comfort food at its finest. This one-pan chicken dinner is sure to be a family favorite after the first rich, creamy bite.

The one-pan recipe is made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, onion, garlic, dried thyme, chicken broth, butter, heavy cream or evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce and optional hot sauce for a little kick. The chicken is seasoned and cooked in a skillet, then removed while the gravy is made in the same pan. So quick and easy!

You could use bone-in chicken for this recipe, but that will affect cooking time as they take longer to cook through. Chicken should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F before it's safe to serve. Serve this creamy chicken and gravy recipe with your favorite side dishes. Be sure to make some mashed potatoes or rice to soak up the caramelized onion gravy.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning and paprika. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge in the seasoned flour (save the leftover flour). 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate. 
  3. .Add the onions to the skillet. Cook the onions over medium-low heat until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and butter. Once the butter has melted, add the leftover seasoned flour and stir until smooth. 
  4. Slowly pour in the chicken broth and whisk. Add the heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, if using. Put the chicken back into the skillet and heat through. 

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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm, here's a serious comfort food recipe that will bring back all the feels. Old-fashioned goodness on a plate!
Smothered is just another word for creamy delicious!
How do you get a boneless skinless chicken breast to cook thouroughly with only 3-4 mins per side?
Donna John
The chicken breasts are pounded to an even thickness. Unless you have very large, thick chicken breasts, 8 minutes is a pretty average cooking time. Hope this helps.

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