One Pan Smothered Chicken is a classic recipe of seared chicken that is easy to make in 30 minutes!  Tender chicken is smothered in a rich and creamy gravy with bacon!

smothered chicken

I have to say that my love of smothered chicken started at a pretty young age.  Scratch that, my love of GRAVY started at a young age because I grew up on comfort food!  Chicken with gravy was a must for us served up with mashed potatoes or even just white bread to sop up the goodness.  We all know how much I adore chicken thighs too and serving them in a delicious bacon gravy, it doesn’t get better!

How to Make Smothered Chicken:

  • You will only need one skillet for this recipe.  To keep things super easy I like to dice my bacon and get it in the pan first.
  • While the bacon is cooking, grab your chicken thighs out of the refrigerator and pat them dry on both sides with a paper towel.  Set them aside on a cutting board for now.
  • Get a pie plate or another shallow bowl and use a fork to mix together your flour and seasonings.
  • Dredge each piece of chicken completely on all sides in the flour.  Shake off any excess flour and set the chicken pieces aside.
  • Now, remove the bacon from the pan to a paper towel lined plate, and add 4 Tablespoons of butter to the hot skillet.
  • Add your chicken pieces to the pan and allow them to cook on the first side for 4-5 minutes without turning until they are nicely seared and golded.  Flip the chicken and repeat.  Once the chicken is seared on both sides, you can remove it to a clean plate.
  • Add the remaining butter to the hot skillet and reduce the heat to medium.  You will whisk in 1 Cup of the remaining seasoned flour that you dredged your chicken in.
  • The flour should cook while being whisked constantly for one minute.  Then, you can gradually whisk in your chicken broth and milk until you have a smooth gravy.
  • Next, add your cooked bacon and seared chicken back to the skillet.  Cover and let the chicken simmer over low heat until cooked through to 165 degrees, about 20 minutes.

how to make smothered chicken

Is Smothered Chicken Fried?

Basically, yes!  It consists of bone in, skin on chicken thighs that are dredged in flour, then fried in butter.  However, they don’t finish cooking all the way through while frying.  They will be seared until golden brown on both sides, then finish cooking as they simmer in the gravy.

What Goes with Smothered Chicken?

This smothered chicken recipe makes a whole lot of gravy!  I recommend serving it with these Mashed Potatoes or if you have an Instant Pot try this Mashed Potato Recipe.  It is also great served with rice, crusty bread, and veggies like cooked green beans.

smothered chicken recipe



4.96 from 85 votes

One Pan Smothered Chicken

One Pan Smothered Chicken is a classic recipe of seared chicken that is easy to make in 30 minutes!  Tender chicken is smothered in a rich and creamy gravy with bacon!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Servings 4



  • Cook the diced bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  • While the bacon is cooking, mix together the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a shallow bowl or dish.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels and dredge the chicken on each side into the seasoned flour until coated. Shake off any excess flour and set the flour mixture aside for later.
  • Once the bacon is removed from the pan, add half of the butter to the pan and allow to melt.
  • When the butter is melted, add the flour coated chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan and allow it to melt.
  • Sprinkle one cup of the remaining seasoned flour to the pan and whisk for 1 minute until the butter and flour are well combined.
  • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and milk until gravy is smooth.
  • Return the cooked chicken and bacon to the pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This was soooooo good and flavorful. Definitely will be in rotation of our favorite meals. The gravy had sooo much flavor and the bacon was a perfect addition.

  2. Should I drain the bacon grease before adding the butter? I’m guessing not bc of the flavor but I just want to double check. Thank you!

    1. Never throw away that golden flavor!! Yep, keep the bacon grease in the pan ? (ALWAYS KEEP THE BACON GREASE! LOL) For this and all other recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    This was the BEST gravy I have ever made. My family raved about dinner last night. Can’t wait to eat leftovers. I used cut up breasts and they were so tender. Will def put this in my rotation. ❤️

  4. Made smothered chicken for the first time and used this recipe. The family loved it! Ok man said he had to call his grandma….guess I did something right lol. Thank you for sharing a great recipe