Pan roasted chicken with mushroom garlic gravy

5-6 bone in skin on chicken thighs
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1 package mushrooms (chopped up)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp flour
7 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

In large deep skillet brown chicken on both sides. If you are married to my husband remove one piece of super crispy skin and stick it on a plate for him to dunk in hot sauce. Otherwise the skin should remain on the entire time. Add in chicken stock, salt, pepper and garlic. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and has clear juices when you poke it. Remove chicken and pour stock and garlic in a separate container. Add mushrooms to pan and cook down until brown. If you like you can put a small amount of cooking spray in the pan so they don't stick but they don't need oil or anything else. Once they brown reduce heat and add in the butter. Once the butter is melted sprinkle in the flour and combine. Cook for about a minute until it is all a golden brown. Don't burn it but you don't want the flour to taste like paste so it needs to cook a little. Crank the heat up to high and pour your liquid and garlic back in, whisking vigorously. It should start to thicken right up. Put the chicken into the gravy reduce heat to low and simmer it for about 2 minutes so it gets all good and coated and the skin absorbs all of the flavor. Then pour it all over a giant helping of mashed potatoes.

Only use the water if your gravy turns out too thick. Gravy is kind of a science. If you don't have the right amount of flour it will either be too runny or too thick. I prefer to err on the side of too thick because I can just add some cream or water too thin it. If it is too thing (I've done this) you have to pour it all back into your container do the butter and flour thing all over again and then mix it all back up again!

Technically cooking the chicken in the broth is poaching it. But since I pan roast it first I used that in the name. I like poaching meat like that though because it stays so moist.

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