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To make smothered chicken, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Recipe Directions

  1. Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the diced onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic, stirring to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the flour is golden brown.
  5. Slowly pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Stir in the heavy cream, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and paprika. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce.
  7. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

To make smothered chicken, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:

  • Large skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board

How to Store Leftovers

If you have any leftovers (which is unlikely because this dish is so delicious!), you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.


Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs? Yes, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer. Just reduce the cooking time slightly since they will cook faster.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free? Yes, you can use coconut milk or a dairy-free alternative instead of heavy cream.

Can I add vegetables to this dish? Absolutely! Feel free to add diced carrots, celery, or bell peppers for extra flavor and nutrition.

Food and Drink Pairings

Smothered chicken pairs beautifully with a variety of sides and beverages. For a classic pairing, serve it with creamy mashed potatoes and steamed green beans. If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing it with a crisp white wine like Chardonnay or a light-bodied red like Pinot Noir.


Now that you have the recipe for smothered chicken in your culinary arsenal, it’s time to get cooking! Whether you’re craving a comforting weeknight dinner or hosting a dinner party with friends, this dish is sure to be a hit. Don’t forget to share this recipe with your loved ones and subscribe to our blog for more delicious recipes delivered straight to your inbox. Happy cooking!