How to Make Skillet Smothered Chicken Thighs

6 servings
1 hr 20 min

Try these Skillet Smothered Chicken Thighs for a comforting easy dinner idea that will fill bellies and make everyone come back for seconds. They’re covered with an onion cream sauce and baked in the oven until golden brown. They’re sure to satisfy all of the salty, comfort cravings that you desire.

Aerial view of smothered chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet.

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Skillet Smothered Chicken Thighs

I know you’re going to love these smothered chicken thighs, I mean anything with the words, “smothered” or “covered” in the title has got to be good, right?

This recipe is almost a one pan meal, all you need to do is add a carb like rice or pasta to serve it over and you’re good to go.

The chicken thighs in this recipe are juicy, tender and cooked in the oven to golden brown perfection. Additionally, the homemade onion gravy is so chock full of savory delicious flavor that I’m sure you’ll want to save this one to make again and again.


What to Serve with Smothered Chicken Thighs:


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  • Transfers small amounts of iron to your food.
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  • Lasts for generations.
  • Even heating and cooking.
  • Non-stick when seasoned correctly.


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Ingredients Required for Smothered Chicken:

  • chicken thighs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme
  • black peppers
  • salt, to taste
  • all purpose flour
  • vegetable oil
  • butter
  • onion
  • chicken broth
  • water
  • heavy cream
  • parsley


How to Make Skillet Smothered Chicken Thighs:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a shallow dish, combine the seasonings with the flour, setting one cup aside.

Chicken thighs in glass baking dish being coated with flour.

Roll the chicken thighs in the flour that is remaining in the dish.

In a large cast iron skillet (12 inches or larger), heat the oil over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and brown on both sides (approx. 5 min. per side).

Remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate.

Add the butter to the skillet and melt.

Next, add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until softened.

Add the reserved seasoned flour to the onions and stir until coated.

Sliced onions and flour in cast iron skillet.

Cook over medium heat until the flour begins to bubble, about 2 minutes more.

Carefully add the chicken broth and water to the skillet, whisk to blend with the flour and make gravy. It should thicken quickly.

Remove pan from heat and stir in the heavy cream.

Cream sauce in cast iron skillet.

Return the chicken to the skillet, letting them slowly sink into the gravy.

Place the filled skillet in the oven and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from oven once cooking is complete and garnish with parsley, if desired, prior to serving.

Aerial view of smothered chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet.

Cooking Notes:


  • A 12″ skillet will work, but will be very full. A 15″ skillet, if available, would work better.
  • Chicken legs can be substituted for the chicken thighs.
  • Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs is not recommended unless you extend the baking time.
  • Always make sure that your chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Don’t discard the chicken bones, but use them to make Homemade Chicken Bone Broth.
  • You may substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or whole milk.


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How to Make Skillet Smothered Chicken Thighs
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 75 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish if desired
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a shallow dish, combine the seasonings with the flour, setting one cup aside.
Roll the chicken thighs in the flour that is remaining in the dish.
In a large cast iron skillet (12 inches or larger), heat the oil over medium heat.
Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and brown on both sides (approx. 5 min. per side).
Remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate.
Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
Next, add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until softened.
Add the reserved seasoned flour to the onions and stir until coated.
Cook over medium heat until the flour begins to bubble, about 2 minutes more.
Carefully add the chicken broth and water to the skillet, whisk to blend with the flour and make gravy. It should thicken quickly.
Remove pan from heat and stir in the heavy cream.
Return the chicken to the skillet, letting them slowly sink into the gravy.
Place the filled skillet in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven once cooking is complete and garnish with parsley, if desired, prior to serving.
Tips
  • A 12" skillet will work, but will be very full. A 15" skillet, if available, would work better.
  • Chicken legs can be substituted for the chicken thighs.
  • Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs is not recommended unless you extend the baking time.
  • Always make sure that your chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Don't discard the chicken bones, but use them to make Homemade Chicken Bone Broth.
  • You may substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or whole milk.
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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 3 days ago

    Basically the same as the old Campbell mushroom soup recipe, we used in college. Either way is good, easy and comforting.

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