Homemade without any cream soups, these piles of rice, chicken gravy and lots of toppings are one of my very favorite meals. It may look like a jumbled mess of ingredients but they are so tasty and easy to put together.
They were a staple in our house while growing up and they are still one of my favorite meals. It’s kind of a wacky combination of ingredients but they really do go well together… unless you don’t think they do. In which case, I invite you go make some chocolate chip cookies while I finish out this post.
The typical recipe uses condensed cream of chicken soup for the gravy base but I like it better when I make my own so that’s the recipe I’m going to share today.
My gravy recipe just uses just a few ingredient like chicken broth, milk, flour, butter, and a bit of sour cream. You’ll see that I add a little bit of tumeric to the gravy. It’s a totally optional ingredient, but I add it because it gives the gravy a nice color and subtle flavor that works really well with all the toppings. I wouldn’t run out and buy a whole jar just for the recipe but if you have it on hand I would definitely add it in.
Sometimes I use white rice, others brown. Just kind of depends on my mood and what I think my kids will eat that particular night. As for toppings, it’s up to you! I listed some of my favorites in the recipe but the fun thing is that you can top them with so many things. Though, if you’re thinking about foregoing the pineapple or Chinese noodles you’re crazy as those are the best part.
But that’s just me.
- 1/4 C butter
- 1/4 C onion, small diced
- 6 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
- 1 C milk
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp tumeric
- 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or cubed
- 1/2 C Sour Cream
- black olives
- pineapple tidbits
- diced celery
- diced tomatoes
- grated cheese
- shredded coconut
- green onions
- crunchy Chinese noodles
- diced bell pepper
- In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat, stir in onion and cook until translucent. Add flour, stirring and cooking for 1 minute.
- Slowly pour in broth and milk, whisking while pouring. Continue to whisk until smooth, thickened and boiling. Remove from heat.
- Stir in pepper, salt, tumeric and cooked chicken. Stir in sour cream. Serve gravy over rice with desired toppings.
by Heather Cheney
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