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Easy Creamy Chicken Gravy Without Drippings

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You don't need drippings to make this shortcut chicken gravy.

You don't need drippings to make this shortcut chicken gravy.

Gravy is a popular sauce that is traditionally made with meat drippings thickened by roux, which is a mixture of butter (fat) and flour. If you don't have drippings, however, you can still make a tasty and creamy chicken gravy. In this recipe, I'll show you how.

Ingredients for chicken gravy

Ingredients for chicken gravy

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

2 to 3 servings


  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter


For Preparation:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 3 small bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon
  • wire whisk


  1. Melt the butter in a pan.
  2. Make a roux by adding all-purpose flour to the melted butter. Cook until the color turns slightly brown.
  3. Pour in water and milk. Add the chicken bouillon cubes.
  4. Stir the sauce constantly until smooth.
  5. Season with garlic powder, salt, and white pepper.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Creamy chicken gravy, ready to serve

Creamy chicken gravy, ready to serve

Tips and Techniques

  • Cook the roux (flour and butter mixture) to make the sauce darker.
  • Use a wire whisk to easily break up large lumps.
  • Stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  • Adjust the amount of seasonings based on your taste.
  • Replace chicken bouillon cubes with chicken powder.
  • Choose regular milk or evaporated milk.
  • Reduce the amount of all-purpose flour to produce a thinner gravy.
  • Serve this gravy recipe with fried meats, grilled steaks, and other dishes.

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