Smothered Chicken

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Servings: 4
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and black pepper
1 whole chicken (31/2 pounds), rinsed, patted dry and cut into 8 pieces
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ cups whole milk





In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Lightly sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and black pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. (Set any leftover flour aside to use in step 3)

In a large skillet with a lid, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown all over, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the reserved flour mixture and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and ½ cup water. Simmer until the sauce has thickened and is nice and creamy, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan. Cover the pan and simmer on low heat until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Bring to the table right there in the skillet.

Publication: From PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Deen. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

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Looks and sounds really good!. can't wait to try this recipe

By drusandra on October 11, 2013


VERY GOOD recipe! Today was my first time making smothered chicken and it was a hit. Even my little ones liked it and they are hard to please at times.

By Shantel on August 25, 2013


My family absolutely loved this. I used chicken breast cut in half instead of chicken with bone, but otherwise left the recipe the same. I made 8 chicken breasts for a family of 6, and nothing was left.

By Carmen on September 17, 2012


WOW! What a great recipe. I ran out of bell peppers so I used mushrooms and VAVAVAVOOM! What a homecooked meal! My hubby thinks I cook better than the Country restaurant around the corner. lol. I told him "I just pay attention to Paula... If you want more of this, get me the new cookbook..." lol

By KeTurah Scurles on April 13, 2012


fabulous , very good

By debrawilson on January 11, 2012

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