Easy Homemade Gravy

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Easy Homemade Gravy – this gravy comes together in under 10 minutes without any pan drippings. Tastes like KFC Gravy, only better!

Gravy is one of those super easy recipes to make that everyone should know how to do. You can buy packets or premade jars at the store, and yes they are very inexpensive. But they are loaded with salt, crazy ingredients, and taste fake.

This is a super easy brown gravy recipe you can make in just minutes, and it tastes like the old school KFC gravy that everyone loves!

bowl of mashed potatoes with kfc gravy

 

The secret to giving a real depth of flavor is to use both chicken and beef bouillon in the recipe! It is the perfect blend of flavor to go with just about anything you are serving. And you don’t have to deal with pan drippings, so it is ready in literally minutes and you can make it any night of the week.

What You’ll Need

  • Chicken Bouillon Cubes or Powder
  • Beef Bouillon Cubes or Powder
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper
ingredients for kfc gravy

Can I Just Use Broth

This is one recipe that I really recommend you use the bouillon cubes or powder for. The reason is they have a more concentrated flavor. So you get a richer gravy than you would if you just used 1 cup of each of the broths.

How To Make Gravy

  1. In a liquid measuring cup heat the water over 2 minutes until it is almost boiling and very hot. Crush the bouillon cubes as much as you can and stir them or the powder into the hot water. Whisk well until they have dissolved.
  2. In a saucepan melt the butter over medium high. Add the flour and stir until the flour is fully incorporated and no white streaks remaining.
  3. Slowly whisk in the broth until blended.
  4. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and whisk for 2-3 minutes, until it thickens.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
pouring gravy over mashed potatoes

What Is KFC Gravy Made Of?

This does taste very similar to the KFC gravy, but it isn’t how they make it. Years ago, they used to make it from scratch and use some of the chicken crackling that really gave it flavor. These days it is made with just a powder and water.

Why Is Gravy Lumpy

Lumps happen in gravy when you pour the liquid into the butter and flour mixture too quickly. That is why it is important to whisk as you pour it into the pan. The constant stirring will help make sure you have a silky smooth and luscious gravy.

a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with gravy

Recipe Tips

  • If you want to make a more decadent gravy or one that tastes even more like KFC considering adding any pan drippings to the gravy. Add them to the flour mixture before you whisk in the broth for a richer flavor.
  • When you mix in the flour, make sure you actually cook it for a couple minutes. The more you brown the flour, without actually burning it, the richer the flavor of your gravy will be.
  • Make sure to slowly add the broth to your roux mixture, so you can avoid lumps and have a smooth gravy.
a spoon in a bowl of mashed potatoes

Storage

Gravy is best served as soon as it is made, but you can reheat the leftovers and it still works great. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, and then reheat in a saucepan over medium heat until warm.

What Goes With Gravy

Obviously this is best over Mashed Potatoes, but it also goes really well with just about protein! Because it uses both chicken and beef flavor, it is mild enough to go with chicken but flavorful enough to go with beef.

close up bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy

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close up mashed potatoes and gravy in a bowl
4.41 from 5 votes

Easy Homemade Gravy

By Erin
Easy Homemade Gravy – this gravy comes together in under 10 minutes without any pan drippings. Tastes like KFC Gravy, only better!
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, 2 teaspoons chicken granules
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, 2 teaspoons beef granules
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a liquid measuring cup heat the water over 2 minutes until it is almost boiling and very hot. Crush the bouillon cubes as much as you can and stir them or the powder into the hot water. Whisk well until they have dissolved.
  • In a saucepan melt the butter over medium high. Add the flour and stir until the flour is fully incorporated and no white streaks remaining.
  • Slowly whisk in the broth until blended.
  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and whisk for 2-3 minutes, until it thickens.
    gravy simmering in a saucepan
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 285mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 69
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