The gravy in this recipe probably runs through my veins (and I realize that isn’t so healthy!), but I have literally been eating this meal since the beginning of my existence.
My great-grandma used to make this on Sundays for her family. My grandma then made this for her family. My mom made it for us. And now I make it for my family.
What better comfort food is there than fried chicken smothered in cream gravy (real cream, not just flour mixed into gravy) with mashed potatoes and corn.
I used to call mom for tips on how to make it when I was in college. When I was visiting my parents recently, my younger sister called to see how to make it for her fiance and his family. 🙂
I can’t tell you enough. It is so good that it has been a staple for at least four generations in my family. Who knows? Maybe my great-great grandma made this for her family, too.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Start with your chicken. You can use bone-in or boneless. I have come to like using boneless just for the fact that it is easier to tell when it’s done, it’s easier to cut up for my kids, and we all like white meat.
- Dip your chicken in an egg wash mixture. Just combine an egg with a little milk, salt, and pepper.
- Then coat your chicken in seasoned flour. I used about 3/4 cup flour and seasoned it with seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little paprika for color.
- Fry your chicken in approximately 1/4 inch of oil.
- Flip when chicken pieces are golden brown.
- Continue frying until chicken is done. Then drain on a paper towel. Remove oil from pan, but leave the beautiful brown bits in the pan. They will add lots of flavor to the gravy.
- Pour at least 2 cups of heavy cream into the pan. Add lots of pepper and about a teaspoon or so of chicken bouillon or chicken base (optional, but I think it adds great flavor).
- Bring to a boil. Let boil until cream starts to reduce and thicken (it won’t get super thick).
- Add chicken.
- Once gravy is to the consistency of your liking, it’s done! Serve with mashed potatoes. My dad, sister, and I have been known to eat the gravy on toast as well! Enjoy! You might be asked to make this again and again. This is a favorite of both of my kids, so I believe that this family recipe will continue on for yet another generation.