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If you love slathering gravy on some of your favorite recipes, you’re not alone. My family always get so excited whenever I make chicken gravy for a chicken dinner or to top mashed potatoes.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you may know that gravy most commonly contains gluten in the form of the flour roux that’s used to thicken the recipe. Because of this, for a very long time I thought that I couldn’t enjoy this food anymore and I’d have to be gravy-less forever if I continued to avoid gluten.
Luckily, that isn’t so! It’s actually quite simple to replace the flour in a homemade gravy and make chicken gravy quickly and easily at home with the right ingredients. In this post, we’re going to talk about what you need to make gluten-free chicken gravy, as well as answer some of the most common questions you might have about making your chicken gravy without any gluten.
Let’s talk about chicken gravy, shall we?
What is chicken gravy made of?
Most traditional chicken gravy recipes are made with only a handful of ingredients. These are: butter, flour, chicken broth or stock, salt, and pepper. Of course, other ingredients can be added to add extra flavor, like herbs and seasonings.
Read on: Is chicken broth gluten-free?
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Is gravy generally gluten-free?
Most traditional gravy recipes call for all purpose flour which when isn’t otherwise noted contains gluten. Most all purpose flour is made from wheat flour, making this food not generally safe for a gluten-free diet.
That said, with a few simple tweaks to the ingredients, you can have a delicious gluten-free gravy with the right swaps.
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Is chicken gravy gluten-free?
Chicken gravy recipes most commonly contain gluten in the flour used to thicken the gravy. It is possible to make a homemade chicken gravy that is gluten-free by swapping the flour for a gluten-free ingredient in its place.
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What makes gravy “chicken gravy?”
Chicken gravy is different than just a plain “gravy” by simply the ingredients included in the recipe. You can call a chicken gravy a gravy, but all gravy is not chicken gravy.
The difference in a specific type of gravy is the liquid that’s used in the ingredients. For example, if you were to make a turkey gravy, you’d need to use turkey broth or stock.
A chicken gravy is made with chicken broth or stock. Both types of these gravies are “gravy,” but you can get more specific by calling out what liquid is used, like turkey gravy or chicken gravy.
How to make gravy gluten-free
There are two main ways to make gluten-free gravy: using gluten-free flour and using cornstarch (or other starch, such as arrowroot or tapioca).
To make a gluten-free gravy with gluten-free flour, you’ll simply replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour that has xanthan gum.
This ingredient will help your gravy thicken. If your flour doesn’t have xanthan gum, you’ll likely want to add this to your recipe separately. You can follow the recipe as written.
To make a gluten-free gravy using cornstarch or other starch, you’ll combine cornstarch with cold broth or stock, then bring the mixture up to a simmer, where the cornstarch will thicken the liquid. You can season it as you wish.
Both of these options produce delicious-tasting gravy, and it’s really a matter of preference as to which method you use. For my recipe, I used a gluten-free flour blend, but I have also used the cornstarch method and enjoyed that as well.
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What flour should I use in gluten-free chicken gravy
I’ve seen many different gluten-free chicken gravy recipes with many different types of gluten-free flours used. Some with just one flour, like sweet brown rice flour, and others with a gluten-free flour blend. Others use a starch, like cornstarch or arrowroot starch.
To choose a gluten-free flour blend, you’ll want to find one that has xanthan gum in it. This ingredient acts as a thickening agent that you won’t find in most other gluten-free flours.
I prefer King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour, because it provides consistent results across many different types of recipes for me, but also because I can make gravy in a similar way I’d make it if I were using normal flour.
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Can I make gluten-free chicken gravy without flour?
You can make gluten-free chicken gravy without flour by using cornstarch as a thickener instead of flour to make a gluten-free roux. To do this, you’ll combine cornstarch with cold chicken broth or stock. Then bring this liquid to a simmer, where the cornstarch will thicken and turn into a lovely gravy. Season it as you like with salt, pepper, herbs, or other seasonings.
What liquid should I use in gluten-free chicken gravy?
To make a gluten-free chicken gravy, you’ll want to use a gluten-free chicken broth or gluten-free chicken stock. The difference between the two is that broth is made using chicken meat and vegetables, whereas chicken stock is made using chicken bones and vegetables to create the flavorful liquid used in gravy.
It’s important to note that not all broth and stock is gluten-free, so it’s necessary to seek out a brand that labels their products with a gluten-free label. Here is a list of gluten-free chicken broth brands you can search for at the store.
You can make your own chicken broth or chicken stock at home if you wish, or choose to buy an option in a can or carton from the grocery store. My go-to ingredient for homemade gluten-free chicken gravy is Kirkland Signature Chicken Stock.
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Can I use chicken drippings in my gluten-free chicken gravy?
Of course! To add even more flavor to your gluten-free chicken gravy, add chicken drippings from a homemade chicken to your gravy. Depending on how much volume you have from your turkey drippings, you may want to scale back how much stock or broth you add to the gravy.
How to make gluten-free chicken gravy
Making gluten-free chicken gravy at home is super simple with just a few ingredients. If you want to make your gravy dairy-free as well, be sure to use dairy-free or vegan butter in place of normal butter.
Melt the butter
In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter.
Make a gluten-free roux
Add the gluten-free all purpose flour to the butter, and whisk. Cook for about 30 seconds. You’re looking for it to get slightly brown in color.
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Add the chicken stock or broth
While continually whisking the gluten-free roux, pour in the chicken stock or broth until well combined. Add the salt, pepper, and other seasonings if you’re using them.
Simmer and reduce
Bring the chicken gravy to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened and is a consistency you like.
Serve and enjoy
Serve on your favorite chicken dishes, mashed potatoes, gluten-free stuffing, or any other dishes you love to douse with gravy.
What do I put gluten-free chicken gravy on?
You can use gluten-free chicken gravy on anything you’d put gravy on otherwise. Here are just a few ideas and how we use it in my house:
- On roasted chicken
- On fried chicken or other favorite gluten-free chicken recipes
- On mashed potatoes
- On gluten-free stuffing
- On gluten-free meatballs or chicken meatballs
- In gluten and dairy free chicken casseroles
- On French fries
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur Measure for Measure blend)
- 2 cups chicken stock or broth
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Optional herbs: thyme, rosemary, and sage
- In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter.
- Whisk in the gluten-free all purpose flour and allow to cook about 30 seconds. You're looking for it to get slightly brown.
- While continually whisking, pour in the chicken stock or broth until well combined. Add the salt, pepper, and herbs, if you're using them.
- Bring the gravy to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low.
- Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened and is a consistency you like.
If you have clumps in your gravy, you can scoop them out, use an immersion blender to blend them in, or transfer everything to a blender (keeping it vented and a towel over the small top vent) to blend away the clumps.
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If you love chicken gravy, I hope this gluten-free version of this recipe has given you hope that you can still enjoy this delicious food on all your favorite recipes. Gluten-free chicken gravy comes together quickly and easily with loads of flavor in just a few ingredients. I hope you love this recipe!
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