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Gravy Baked Chicken
The key to this recipe is how the “self saucing gravy” is made. You simply whisk together flour with beef stock/broth, then pour it around the chicken. As it bakes in the oven, 3 things happen:
- The chicken flesh under the liquid stays moist and absorbs the stock flavor = tasty chicken flesh even without marinating;
- The chicken leeches juices into the stock, adding even more flavor into what will end up as gravy; and
- The flour in the broth makes it thicken into a gravy.
WARNING: When it comes out of the oven, you’ll be looking at a congealed mess in the pan instead of the silky gravy you see. Have faith! Just give it a good whisk and it comes together beautifully!
Recipe video above. Crispy baked chicken thighs and drumsticks that magically makes its own gravy – all in one pan! Terrific last minute chicken dinner that takes minutes to prepare and is zero maintenance to cook. The flavor in the gravy is phenomenal because it’s flavored with the chicken juices!
- 3 lb bone in, skin on chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (all of one, or mix, Note 1)
- 2 tsp olive oil (or other oil)
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp onion powder (or garlic powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 tbsp flour , plain/all purpose
- 1 1/2 cups beef stock/broth (yes, beef, not chicken!)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 390°F (180°C fan).
- Seasoning – mix in a small bowl.
- Season chicken – Place chicken in a 9 x 13″ baking pan. Drizzle with oil then rub all over, sprinkle & rub in the seasoning, using most on the skin side.
- Arrange chicken skin side up in the pan.
- Gravy mixture – Whisk flour with about 1/2 cup of stock until lump free, then whisk in remaining stock and pepper. Pour into the pan around the chicken.
- Bake uncovered for 50 minutes, or until chicken is crispy and golden.
- Whisk gravy – Remove chicken onto a plate, then give the gravy a good whisk to make it smooth. Adjust Gravy thickness if required. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
- Serve – Pour gravy into a jug. Serve alongside chicken!
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