How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Gravy

I’m super excited to share this awesome weeknight dinner hack: how to make rotisserie chicken gravy from store bought rotisserie chicken drippings!

Yes, it’s true. You can actually make a really delicious and creamy gravy from scratch using rotisserie chicken drippings!

Every rotisserie chicken has juices that make an excellent gravy!

Ever noticed the juices or gel that’s in the bottom of the rotisserie chicken tray when you pull out the chicken? If you’re buying your rotisserie chicken fresh and warm, you’ll be looking for the juices. Save all those juices and that’s going to be the base for your gravy.

If your chicken has been chilled, then the drippings will be more gel-like and could be stuck to the bottom of the chicken itself. You’re going to want to check both the chicken itself and the tray. Scrape all the gel into a bowl. That’s the GOOD STUFF, buddy! This is the start of your gravy.

Add just a few other ingredients to your juices or gel, heat everything up in a pot, and BAM. You’ve got yourself a thick and creamy, flavorful gravy that’s made from scratch yet  only takes a short amount of time. I love to use this little gravy hack to whip up a homemade dinner in no time for weeknight dinners.

Never made gravy from scratch before? No problem. It’s easy!

Until fairly recently, the Mr. was typically the gravy maker of the family. After 12 years of marriage and watching him make gravy from various meat drippings, I finally decided it was time for me to be a gravy-maker too. Turns out, it’s pretty easy. So if you’ve never made any kind of gravy, don’t worry! It’s not complicated. If you’ve made gravy many times before but never from a rotisserie chicken, then you’re going to love how much time this saves vs. cooking your own whole chicken.

Need a lot of gravy?

This recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd. You can get away with doubling this recipe yet still use just one chicken if you add extra bullion.

Is this bone broth based gravy?

You’re going to be using not just drippings, but the bones as well, so you’ll enjoy the coveted health benefits of real bone broth. You can use your slow cooker to let your broth steep and get all the good stuff out the of the bones. You do not need to break the bones since bones are porous. You will need to give them time though. Ideally you’ll want to let everything simmer for at least 2 hours. If you don’t have that long, don’t worry. You can still make an excellent tasting gravy, you just may not get all the nutrients out the bones. If you’re short on time but you want to get similar nutrients as you would if you boiled your bones, check out powdered collagen. It’s tasteless and you can add it to anything liquid so it’ll mix right in with your gravy.

Can you roast the bones first for more flavor?

Yes, you can. Many people like to roast the bones before boiling them to make stock because they have more flavor and produce a darker colored stock. To roast your chicken bones, arrange the bones on a baking sheet and bake at 450˚for about 45 minutes or until bones are browned. You do not have to roast your bones. This is completely optional.

Chicken and gravy dinner idea

Try this chicken and gravy served over mashed potatoes with a side of candied carrots!

Looking for more ideas? Browse all my easy dinner ideas.

This recipe for rotisserie chicken gravy was featured on Mix It Up Monday and Thursday Favorite Things.

Instructions

  • 1. Scrape the drippings, which will be in gel form on cold chickens or liquidy if you're working with a freshly cooked rotisserie chicken, into a small pot.
  • 2. Remove the chicken meat from the bones and set bones aside.
  • 3. Add 2 cups of water to the pot with chicken drippings and place several of the bones in the pot as well. I just use the smaller bones and I don't worry if there is some meat of skin still attached, that just adds to the flavor. Bring to a boil then let simmer for at least 30 minutes but ideally for an hour or more. The longer you can let it simmer, the more flavor you'll get out of the bones but if you're in a hurry, 30 minutes will do the job.
  • 4. If you want to add additional flavor to your stock, try adding a wedge of onion, a rib of celery and a baby carrot. You can also spice your broth with herbs that pair nicely with chicken such as rosemary, basil, thyme, parsley, cumin, mustard, and cayenne pepper.
  • 5. Remove bones from the pot and strain out any other extras you added.
  • 6. In a glass, microwave butter and flour for about 30 seconds. Stir and then microwave for an additional 15-30 seconds or until mixture become bubbly. Add this to your chicken stock.
  • 7. Then stir in chicken bullion. Bring to a boil one more time while stirring, then remove from heat. Shred and add chicken to the gravy.
  • 8. Serve chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles.