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chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes, corn and cheese biscuit on white plate
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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

This slow cooker chicken and gravy recipe is not only a family favorite, but the perfect comfort food. Easy crock pot recipe for tender chicken and delicious gravy is only a few ingredients away.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste, DIVIDED
  • 2 packets (1.74 ounces each) chicken gravy mix
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Gravy Thickener (if needed)

  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  • Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Whisk together the gravy packets, cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic, dried thyme, and water in a bowl. Pour over chicken. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, shred and serve with or over mashed potatoes, rice, stuffing, or noodles.  
  • To thicken gravy, if needed: In a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of cold water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch together.  Once the cooking time is up and your chicken is cooked and shredded, add this mixture to the slow cooker. Cover and let cook for 1 - 15 minutes or until thickened.

Notes

You can freeze any leftovers, too.  Cool completely and seal tightly. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Keep in freezer up to 3 months.
Variations on Chicken and Gravy
Over the years, I've changed up the recipe to suit our tastes or to give it a different flavor with other herbs like rosemary. 
You can use another  condensed cream soup like chicken or celery.  
Add sliced mushrooms the last hour of cooking.  
Add a chopped onion to the crock pot. Don't have minced garlic? Use garlic powder instead.
Boneless chicken thighs will also be delicious in this recipe.
For a richer gravy, you can use chicken stock in place of water.  I use unsalted stock so I can control the amount of salt in my recipes.