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Copycat KFC Gravy

Copycat KFC Gravy

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A warm welcome to our kitchen, where we're about to embark on a journey to recreate the iconic taste of KFC's delicious gravy! 🍗🥔

If you've ever wondered how to capture that creamy, savory goodness at home, you're in for a treat. Our KFC-style gravy recipe is here to satisfy your cravings and elevate your comfort food game. Whether you're serving it over fluffy mashed potatoes, drizzling it on crispy fried chicken, or exploring creative pairings, you're in for a mouthwatering experience.

Join us in this culinary adventure as we uncover the secrets to crafting the perfect KFC copycat gravy, one step at a time. Get ready to delight your taste buds and impress your loved ones with this beloved classic. Let's dive in! 🍴👩‍🍳

You Will Need

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups chicken broth 

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 

  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

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What Goes Well With Copycat KFC Gravy?

 How To Make KFC Copycat Gravy

Melt the Butter

  • In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter over medium heat.

Create a Roux

  • Once the butter is melted, add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Whisk continuously to combine the butter and flour. Cook the mixture for about 2-3 minutes until it turns a light golden color. Be careful not to let it burn.

Add Chicken Broth

  • Gradually pour in 2 cups of chicken broth while continuing to whisk. This helps prevent lumps from forming.

Season the Gravy

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of poultry seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder to the mixture. Stir well to combine all the seasonings.

Simmer the Gravy

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency. Stir occasionally during this time.

Adjust Seasoning

  • Taste the gravy and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt, pepper, or other seasonings to suit your taste.


  • Once the gravy has thickened and the flavors are well-balanced, remove it from the heat. Serve the KFC-style gravy hot over mashed potatoes, fried chicken, or any other dish of your choice.


Enjoy your homemade KFC copycat gravy!

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How to get Brown Gravy Cooking Tips

Browning the Roux:

  • When making the roux, cook it until it reaches a deep golden or caramel color. This will contribute to a darker gravy.

Use Darker Broth:

  • Consider using beef broth or a combination of chicken and beef broth instead of plain chicken broth. Beef broth has a darker color naturally.

Gravy Browning Sauce:

  • You can use a small amount of gravy browning sauce or kitchen bouquet to darken the gravy. Follow the instructions on the product packaging and use it sparingly.

Simmer and Reduce:

  • Allow the gravy to simmer and reduce for a longer time, which can deepen the color as the liquid evaporates.

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Achieving the Right Consistency:

  • To get the desired thickness for your gravy, you can adjust the amount of flour and cooking time. If it's too thin, simmer it for a bit longer to allow it to thicken. If it's too thick, add a little more chicken broth to reach your preferred consistency.

Whisk Continuously:

  • When making the roux (butter and flour mixture), whisk it continuously to prevent lumps from forming. It should be smooth and slightly golden before adding the broth.

  • Use Low-Sodium Broth: Using low-sodium chicken broth gives you better control over the saltiness of the gravy. You can always add salt later if needed.

Seasoning Adjustments:

  • Taste your gravy and adjust the seasonings to your liking. You can add more salt, pepper, or other seasonings as necessary. Remember that it's easier to add more seasoning than to correct an overly seasoned gravy.

Simmer for Flavor:

  • Allowing the gravy to simmer for a few minutes after it reaches the desired consistency can help meld the flavors and create a more flavorful result.

Use a Whisk or Wooden Spoon:

  • When combining ingredients, use a whisk or wooden spoon to ensure there are no lumps and that everything is well incorporated.

Gravy Browning Options:

  • If you want to achieve a darker color for the gravy, consider using beef broth, adding a touch of Worcestershire sauce, or using a gravy browning sauce, but use these sparingly to avoid overpowering the flavor.


  • Feel free to customize the gravy by adding ingredients like sautéed onions, mushrooms, or even a splash of cream for a creamier texture.

Reheat with Care:

  • If you need to reheat the gravy, do so gently over low heat, stirring frequently to maintain its smooth texture.

Make Ahead:

  • You can prepare the gravy in advance and reheat it just before serving. This can save time when preparing a meal.


  • Store any leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be reheated as needed.

Consistency Testing:

  • To check the consistency, dip a spoon into the gravy and run your finger across the back. If the line stays and the gravy doesn't run back together, it's likely thick enough.

  • By following these cooking tips, you can create a delicious KFC-style gravy that's both flavorful and visually appealing.

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