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3 Ingredient Crockpot Shredded Chicken and Gravy

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This savory 3 Ingredient Shredded Chicken and Gravy dinner is tender, juicy, and the perfect addition to your weeknight menu. 

Set it up and then forget it while the crockpot does all the heavy lifting. All you have to do is make your side and serve up one of the most delicious comfort food dishes out there.

Chicken and gravy on a plate with green beans on the side.

Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and Gravy Recipe

Tender juicy chicken and savory gravy make a wonderful main dish that can be served with other frugal side dishes like mashed potatoes or rice to help lower your grocery costs.

Also, because you can start this when you start your day and let it run, this slow cooker chicken and gravy makes for a great meal that helps keep you out of the drive-through line, saving money and feeding your family on a budget.

Groceries Needed

  • Chicken breasts – Boneless and skinless are the easiest option here. To save some money, try buying bone-in breasts. Remove the skin and then after cooking, remove the chicken off the bone and shred it before serving.
  • Gravy packets – I used McCormick brand (not sponsored) and I also like Knorr brand products, but if you have another you prefer, use those. Just be sure that you only need to add water to make the gravy.
  • Can of Cream of Chicken Soup – Again, your favorite brand is the right one to use here.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Water – Another option is to use chicken or turkey stock if you have it on hand. I recommend using low-sodium broth if possible. This is optional of course.

EAZYTIP: Ingredients like common seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder) and oil don’t count towards the ingredient list because most people have these basic items in the pantry.

How To Make Easy Chicken and Gravy

Start by seasoning your chicken breasts and placing them into your slow cooker.

Three seasoned chicken breasts sit in a black crockpot.

In a bowl, mix water, gravy packets, and your cream of chicken soup and stir together.

The wet mixture is poured over the chicken breasts.

Pour on top of the chicken. Cook in your slow cooker on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Two forks are shredding cooked chicken breasts into shreds on a white plate.

Shred your chicken in the gravy with a couple of forks or pull it out of your slow cooker to shred it more easily and place it back into the gravy to soak up all that savory goodness.

Chicken and gravy sit on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

If you’re interested in making this chicken and gravy dinner without using a gravy packet, the recipe over at Feeding Your Fam has more ingredients and is a bit more involved, but there’s no packets if you prefer not to use that convenience.

Ideas for Putting a Twist on this Easy Chicken Recipe

You can easily change up the flavors of this crockpot chicken recipe.

  • Simply changing your choice of seasonings, and gravy packet flavors, and even by swapping the cream of chicken for a can of cream of mushroom can give totally different and interesting flavor profiles.
  • Try adding a can or two (or fresh) of button mushrooms to highlight the mushroom soup if you swapped out the chicken soup.
  • Add even more flavors to the mix by dicing a small onion or use poultry seasoning when seasoning your chicken.
  • You can turn this into a savory stew by adding diced potatoes, peas, and carrots to cook alongside the chicken if you want an all-in-one pot-type meal to save time at the end of the day.
  • You can use leftover turkey in place of the chicken in this recipe. The chicken gravy packet will help to give it a more chicken flavor making this perfect for families that are tired of turkey leftovers.
Chicken dinner sits on a wood table with a green napkin beside it with cutlery on the left.

What Can I Serve this With?

This dish is great for serving over frugal sides like mashed potatoes or rice. This helps to make it go further by making it more filling and allowing you to use less meat to feed your family yet still keep them with full tummies.

I served this with mashed potatoes and green beans for a wonderful and simple meal that can be whipped up easily in your slow cooker even on a busy schedule.

Another idea is to serve this over thick pieces of buttered toast to make an open-faced or a hot chicken sandwich of sorts.  

Did you stock up on boxed stuffing mixes during the holiday sales? You can use that stuffing to serve with chicken and gravy for a 4 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing recipe.

A forkful of the chicken and gravy. In the background is the full plate of food with the green beans at the bottom.

Storing Leftovers

This will store easily in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can freeze it for up to a month making it perfect for making meal-prepared microwave dinners from your leftovers to make it easier to feed your family and pack lunches on a budget.

Have you tried this recipe before? Please leave a star rating and/or a comment below letting me know how if you made any delicious twists on the recipe! Have a wonderful day!


Yield: 6 servings

3 Ingredient Crockpot Shredded Chicken and Gravy

3 ingredient crockpot shredded chicken and gravy on a cream colored plate.

3 Ingredient Crockpot Shredded Chicken and Gravy has tender chicken breast in a savory gravy that's simply scrumptious. Set it and forget for a perfect weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 5 minutes


  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 chicken gravy packets
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (you're favorite brand is the one to use. I like Cambells or even Great Value brand.)
  • 1 cup water
  • as desired, garlic powder and pepper


  1. Season the chicken breasts and lay them in the slow cooker bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the water, gravy packet and soup. Mix well to incorporate until smooth.
  3. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on slow for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  5. Just before serving, using two forks, shred the chicken breasts and then let the shreds sit in the gravy for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Adding low-sodium chicken broth instead of water is an option for even more flavor. Using low sodium is a good idea because the gravy mix and soup has sodium already included.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 54mgSodium 278mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 20g

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands used, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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    1. Hi Mary! In the body of the post as well as the recipe card, it says that you can use your favorite brand of cream of chicken soup. House brands will work as well, but it should just be condensed cream of chicken, not ready-to-serve cream of chicken. I’ll update that in the recipe card to reflect that it should be condensed. Hope that helps!

    1. Hey Jocelyn! Thanks for asking! So I know a few different sources say, sure it’s all good to throw them in frozen and go about the recipe from there (and I think many people have). But according to the USDA, they don’t recommend it because starting out with frozen chicken takes too long to thaw and then come to a safely cooked temp (165F) – leaving room for harmful bacteria to grow.
      Personally, I don’t do it. I’ll thaw them the night before in the fridge, or I’ll thaw them in my microwave and then go from there. Kind of a hassle, but I’d prefer the hassle over making someone feel like crud from my cooking. LOL! At the end of the day, the choice is yours my friend 🙂

      1. You could. However, I would skip the crockpot all together. Combine the soup, gravy packet and water (or broth) on the stovetop. Heat until boiling and has thickened. Season with the seasonings and then add the shredded rotisserie chicken meat to heat completely through. The use of the crockpot is basically to cook the chicken breasts while you do other things. The beauty of the slow cooking is that you do get a bit more flavor because the chicken is allowed to slowly cook in the gravy mixture. If you try it stovetop as I’ve said, let me know how it works for you! Also, you may have to add a bit more water than what the recipe says as there is always some liquid that comes from the chicken breasts themselves.