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Soul Smothered Chicken

Soul Smothered Chicken

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Veronica Rockett

You can't just go to any restaurant and get smothered chicken like you would if you went down to the urban neighborhoods in Houston. This meal of browned chicken in a savory chicken gravy sauce is best when served over a bed of white rice.

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  • Calories:
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 18.5 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium:
  • 1035 mg
  • 41%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge in 3/4 cup flour, place in the skillet, and brown on all sides. Set chicken aside, and drain skillet, reserving about 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Reduce skillet heat to medium-low, and stir in onions, celery, garlic, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in the flour, and cook 5 minutes more. Pour in the chicken broth, season with cayenne pepper, and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
  3. Return chicken to the skillet, cover, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until chicken juices run clear and gravy has thickened.
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Reviews

Dianemwj
248
6/22/2007

I just don't get all these people who insist on using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for everything. A dish like this screams out for bone-in, skin-on chicken. If you're afraid of a whole chicken, buy an already cut up chicken. The skinless, boneless breast is the driest, most bland of all the cuts of chicken. I would never use it for a dish like this, which was wonderful, by the way. I just increased the spices a tad, and we loved it!

KIMAR
207
1/19/2006

After watching Anita Baker prepare her Smothered Chicken on Oprah, I decided to try hers. It was very bland. So I searched and found this recipe. Just what I was looking for! Several years ago I ate a similar dish and haven't been able to find the recipe until now. Thought 3 cups of onion would be too much, but I gave it a try and that amount was fine. Thanks so much for the recipe!! Flavorful, old-fashioned comfort food!

Jeanne
138
5/14/2012

Hmmm, trying to think how I can help those that didn't quite get this recipe. 1.Unless you're used to cooking "soul" food, this aint no weeknight dish! I can whip it up quickly and have shortcuts, but don't attempt this on hump day if its your first time. 2. Smothered chicken is basically semi-fried chicken and pan gravy. If you can make decent fried chicken and a good pan gravy, put the two together and that's the gist of this dish. 3.To solve the soupy gravy problem, start with the rioux first: add the flour to the pan drippings and cook/stir constantly for about 5 minutes or so, then add the veggies to that for another 5 minutes. It will look a mess, but when you add the liquid and stir it good; your gravy will appear. Add about a cup of liquid at a time and stir between so its not too soupy. Then TASTE IT before you add the chicken. If it's bland, add more salt/pepper/garlic powder/dried thyme/cayenne or whatever till it tastes the way you want. THEN add the chicken. Hope this helps!!!