Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Southern Smothered Chicken

This Southern Smothered Chicken is a family favorite at our winter family gatherings.  This dish is so comforting,  it warms the body and the soul.  I  love to serve it to my family, it brings back wonderful childhood memories and wonderful flavor to the table. We were recently having a family gathering and someone ask me to make this dish and I wanted to share it with you today, hope you enjoy it.

Southern Smothered Chicken

Southern Smothered Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Southern Smothered Chicken
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 whole fryer chicken, washed and cut up
1 1/2 cups Flour
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 large yellow onions sliced
Oil for frying
4 to 6 cups of water
Cut up the chicken and wash it, sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt and set aside
Mix the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper paprika, thyme, poultry seasoning,garlic salt
Slice Onions and set aside
Heat oil in a deep heavy stew pot
Dredge the chicken in the flour mix and shake off any excess flour
Brown the chicken in the hot oil and remove and drain on a paper towel
Drain off most of the oil and add the onion, saute the onion for about 2 minutes
Remove the onions to a dish to drain
Pour some of the oil back in the pot not more than 8 to 10 tablespoons
Stir in 3/4 cup of the flour mixture a little at a time until it is incorporated, stir constantly and cook until the gravy mix is very thick.
Begin adding the water, one cup at a time, blending each cup in before adding the next 
When the gravy has reached desired consistency remove from the heat
 Put the fried and drained chicken into the gravy making sure each piece is covered with gravy
Add the onions on top of the chicken and gravy
Cover the Stew Pot
Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour, at the half way point stir the pot to prevent sticking, and you may want to add more water if it looks to thick.
Make sure the chicken is done all the way through, it should be falling off of the bone
We like to serve this with rice and garnish with fresh thyme
Print Recipe

Southern Smothered Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

 Pile The Onions On Top Of The Chicken and Gravy

Southern Smothered Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Cover The Pot and Bake

Southern Smothered Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

The Chicken Will Fall Off The Bone

Southern Smothered Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I am so happy that you stopped by today to try  this old family favorite with us, and hope you and your family will enjoy the dish as much as we do.  Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy


  1. As I am eating cottage cheese at my desk this is making my mouth water. Sounds like my kind of food!

  2. This is sooooooo delicious looking - I wish this was my dinner!

  3. This sounds so good.I am having my first link party and would love for you to come and link it up at memoriesbythemile.com
    Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  4. Hi Miz Helen, Looks so delicious! Wish I was having this for my dinner. Would love to give this a try! Thank you sharing, have a nice day!

  5. Hello!
    I just started the Man Approved Mondays Recipe Party at www.manapproveddiet.com. It’s closed for this week, but I’d love it if you could stop by on Monday and bring a dish to share!

  6. Do you think boneless, skinless chicken would work in this? In my mind, it would, although some flavor from the skin and bones would be absent. But, the oil adds fat without needing the additional chicken fat, I'd think. Have you tried this?

    1. Hi,
      No I haven't tried this method, however with some adjustments I am sure it would work. If you just seared the skinless boneless chicken in olive oil, then made the gravy with corn starch, that would work. The cooking time would have to be reduced because the chicken would cook much faster. If you try it be sure and let us know. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day!
      Miz Helen

  7. This looks amazing thanks for sharing.

  8. Miz Helen, your Southern Smothered Chicken looks just delicious! I can just imagine how wonderful it tastes with the lovely spices you have used and the long slow cooking. I've pinned your recipe and will be sharing your post on my Facebook page as well.

  9. Oh this incredible! I just want to dive in! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Gallery of Favorites. I’ve pinned it to my Dinner board on Pinterest.

  10. Falling off the bone tenderness with all those wonderful spices -- sounds perfect! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  11. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

  12. THIS is the Smothered Chicken I grew up on! I've seen many delicious chicken recipes referred to as "smothered", but this is the real deal. Thanks for posting - I can just taste it!

  13. Yep, pile on the onions, here that from my husband all the time. Great recipe. And I am the one who loves the gravy!


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