Easy 4-Ingredient Chicken & Gravy Recipe: Put Some Country In Your Mouth by Donna John

Poultry Dinner
10 months ago

Easy 4-Ingredient Chicken & Gravy Recipe: Put Some Country In Your Mouth

Chicken and gravy is one of the most downhome country dishes you can put in your mouth. Chicken and gravy is pure comfort food. This chicken and gravy is a shortcut recipe, using only four simple ingredients. This is one hearty chicken dinner your family will want to be on repeat.

To make this easy chicken and gravy dish you will need the following ingredients: a whole chicken, an onion, a family-size can of cream of chicken soup and sour cream. You will also need some water to get the cooking process going. This chicken recipe has a similar cooking method as my chicken and dumplings recipe.

Start by cooking the chicken and onion until the chicken is cooked through. While the chicken cools on a baking sheet or in a baking pan, the cream of chicken soup and sour cream are added to the broth. Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot, and simmer until it thickens up. It's now ready to be served over egg noodles or rice.

This four-ingredient recipe begs for a fresh vegetable on the side. I served mine over rice with a side of sweet green peas, but carrots, green beans, broccoli or corn would also round out the meal. Pick your favorite veggie side dish!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
  • 8 to 10 cups water (to cook the chicken)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (22 ounces) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) sour cream

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Recipe Notes

  • After measuring out the 6 cups of broth from the cooked chicken, I poured the remaining broth through a mesh strainer to get the onions out and added them back to the pot. Why waste good onions?
  • Put the chicken onto a baking sheet or in a pan to cool. Spread it out and remove the skin so it cools faster.
  • If you can't find a 22-ounce (family size) can of cream of chicken soup, use two 10.5-ounce cans.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken in large pot. Add 8 to 10 cups of water to the pot along with the chopped onion.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until chicken is tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth and let it cool enough to handle.
  4. Measure out 6 cups of the broth and return it to the pot (discard or save the remaining broth for another use).
  5. Add the can of soup to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Let the broth simmer on low, stirring often, while the chicken cools.
  6. Put the sour cream into a small bowl. Add a ladle full of hot broth and stir to combine.
  7. Add another ladle and stir until smooth. (This helps prevent the sour cream from curdling.)
  8. Add the sour cream mixture to the broth and stir until smooth.
  9. Shred the chicken and return to the pot. Continue to cook until it thickens to your desired consistency. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  10. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , my mouth is watering. This looks so good (and I'm not even from the south, haha). #yum
Who can resist country comfort food like this?
Oh boy, Donna John ! You really had me confused for a minute or 2, and it's barely Monday. 😱 Went from Ingredients to Recipe Notes. "Measure out 6 cups of the broth...". Wait...WHAT? There's no water &/or broth listed in the ingredients! And how are we supposed to cook said chicken?
Then finally, "Here's how to make it:" Had me worried for a minute - that my recipe was missing something.
Definitely going on my list of things to make, once I'm able. And lucky you, to get condensed soup in 22oz cans. We only get them in the 14oz size, unless going to a restaurant supplier, perhaps.
Donna John
Point taken, Terry. I will add that to the ingredient list. We have family-size cream of mushroom and cream of chicken where I shop. But two 10.5 cans would work, too. Again, I will make note of this in the Recipe Notes. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!
Keeping you on your toes wasn't my intention, but I'll take it lol. I need all the wins I can get, at the moment. 😕
And - I'd use the broth over & above the 6 cups as a flavor base for my rice! Extra flavor, & extra nutrients = win-win!
Donna John
Took my mother-in-the-law the leftovers of this over the weekend and she loved it. Asked for the recipe. That is a win in my book! :-)
Brian Cabrera
Against my better judgement I went ahead and made this for my family for dinner. It was the blandest thing I have ever eaten, this is for people that find mayonnaise spicy and think red lobster is gourmet.
Donna John
Did you season it with salt and pepper? Sorry this recipe was not for you. Instead of making something against your better judgement, I would encourage you to search our thousands of recipes and find one that works better for you. My family enjoyed this meal. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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