Instant Pot Chicken Gravy

Gravy making has been my nemesis for years innumerate. Ever since I realised gravy granules weren’t the only way let alone best way to make it, I’ve poured many a too bitter, flavourless or too salty down the sink and had to resort to a packet mix just to ensure my family don’t have to stomach the disappointment of a roast dinner without gravy.

No matter how perfect your roast potatoes, beautifully glazed your carrots or juicy and plumptious your turkey, if you don’t have a plentiful supply of good gravy, it’s game over. It would need quite a special cup of tea to make up for a dry roast to a Brit and with Christmas looming, we can’t take the chance of the crestfallen faces of our loved ones come Christmas morn. Thankfully, my make-ahead Instant Pot Chicken Gravy may well be the answer to your gravy-making prayers!

As Christmas Dinner is the ultimate of all roast dinners, the stakes are higher than usual. Last year I wrote about how I get ahead, making ahead as much as possible in the months before the big day and freezing or preserving what I can. Now I have my Instant Pot I will be updating my posts with how to utilise it to make at least the edible part of the festive season as stress free as possible and we’re starting with my recipe for Chicken Gravy.  Now, I do realise the most common poultry of the season is turkey but there using well-browned chicken wings gives bags of flavour and will pair equally well with either bird.


The great thing about chicken wings is that they thicken the gravy if you bash them up before browning them to let the gelatine out of the bones. They are really economical so you can buy free range ones without breaking the bank and anyway, the free range ones tend to have bags more flavour.

It’s very much worth giving them the time they need to brown before you add all the other ingredients to replicate the sticky, caramelised bits the Maillard reaction gives you when you make gravy in the pan the poultry was roasted in. I add plenty of fresh sage, rosemary and thyme to the stock plus a little ground allspice I think bring all the flavours together. Adding a splosh of Marsala bumps up the richness and adds a touch of sweetness that I think it the pièce de la résistance – I can’t cook in the winter months without a bottle of Marsala standing next to the hob!

Instant Pot Make-ahead Chicken Gravy, perfect for Christmas

If you want to there is nothing stopping you making this gravy on Christmas Day, but mine is already in a sturdy food bag in the deep freeze next to bags of braised red cabbage, disposable foil dishes of extra stuffing and even a bag of ten minute cranberry sauce ready to go on the Big Day itself.

As an extra bonus, this gravy is naturally gluten-free as I use cornflour to thicken it. Just go easy and only add as much as you need to get the finished article to your idea of a perfect gravy. And do let me know what other seasonings you’ll be adding – I bet there are some Worcestershire sauce or celery salt fans out there itching to put some in!

Instant Pot Chicken Gravy
Get ahead and make yourself a big batch of rich and flavourful gravy and freeze it, ready for Christmas or big family dinners. Makes approximately 1 litre and it's naturally gluten free.
: 786 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 500 g chicken wings
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 2 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves of garlic smashed up
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 stems of rosemary about 6 inches long each
  • 2 sprigs of fresh sage
  • 2 stems of fresh thyme about 6 inches long
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
To finish
  • 4 level tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp Marsala wine
  • Extra seasoning as needed
  1. Start by either using a meat cleaver to cut the wings into 2 or 3 chunks, exposing the bone or bash up in a large mortar and pestle (or failing that, just use the end of a wooden rolling pin!) and cut through the flesh in a few places with a sharp knife. You're trying to expose the bone marrow to help thicken the gravy up by way of it's naturally occurring gelatine.
  2. Brown the chicken wings well on Sauté in the Instant Pot then stir in all the remaining ingredients down to the allspice.
  3. Add 1 litre of cold water, cancel the Sauté mode and place the lid on, set to Sealing. Set on Manual for 45 minutes and let the pressure come down naturally.
  4. Pour the stock through a fine sieve into a large jug or bowl and clean out the Instant Pot. Put it back in and again set to Sauté.
  5. Mix the cornflour with 4 tbsp of cold water in a small jug and whisk in a little of the hot stock making sure there on no lumps.
  6. When the stock starts to bubble in the Instant Pot, pour in enough of the cornflour mixture to thicken to your desired texture. Whisk constantly and add it slowly as the gravy will start to thicken quickly.
  7. Add the Marsala wine then taste the gravy for seasoning - add further salt and pepper as liked.
  8. You can keep the gravy on Keep Warm until needed if using straight away or cool to room temperature then pour into thick plastic food safe bags and freeze (remembering to label it!) until needed. Thaw overnight in the fridge and if making a roast chicken or turkey, add any pan juices to the gravy and reheat it thoroughly until piping hot in a saucepan.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 786 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 207mg 69%
Sodium 2618mg 109%
Potassium 1008mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 12g
Protein 53g 106%
Vitamin A 418.6%
Vitamin C 28.2%
Calcium 12.7%
Iron 20.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kim @ Three Olives Branch 10/11/2016 at 13:20 - Reply

    Homemade gravy is the best! I love all the herbs, it sounds delicious!

    • Just Jo 10/11/2016 at 14:11 - Reply

      Thanks Kim – it all adds up to a nicely rounded out, full flavoured gravy :D

  2. Cindy Gordon 10/11/2016 at 14:11 - Reply

    Your pictures are so beautiful! I am so ready for the holidays! I think I am going to ask for an insta pot this year!

    • Just Jo 10/11/2016 at 14:12 - Reply

      Aw thank you Cindy, that’s a really kind thing to say :D I hope Santa brings you a nice sparkly new Instant Pot on Christmas morn :D

  3. Lisa @ 10/11/2016 at 14:31 - Reply

    Making your own stock is always going to yield a better gravy than those salt-packed granules and bouillon cubes! I never thought to use chicken wings though and I have two packages in my refrigerator right now!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:53 - Reply

      Well that’s apt timing Lisa! Hope you enjoy the gravy :D

  4. Ali @ Home & Plate 10/11/2016 at 14:38 - Reply

    Wow…what a great way to make gravy. I may have to try this when roasting the bird this Thanksgiving. I like the idea of using wings and making it ahead of time for the big dinner. Thanks:)

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:55 - Reply

      It’s just so good to take the element of chance out of the equation for a high stakes dinner like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner by doing as much as you can ahead. Plus wings are cheap and easy to get which is always helpful :D

  5. Kavey 10/11/2016 at 15:03 - Reply

    A really good gravy really makes or breaks a roast dinner and your chicken gravy looks so good and easy too!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:56 - Reply

      It really does doesn’t it Kavey? Being a Northerner my family would disown me if there wasn’t a giant boat of gravy on the table when we have a roast lol :D

  6. Platter Talk 10/11/2016 at 15:06 - Reply

    I bet this gravy has a really good flavor! Love all the aromatics and veggies.

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:57 - Reply

      It really does – doing it in the pressure cooker helps extract every last little bit of flavour from *all* the ingredients :D

  7. Jessy @ The Life Jolie 10/11/2016 at 16:33 - Reply

    This sounds like the perfect fall dinner – gravy makes everything better!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:57 - Reply

      Yup, it would feel wrong not to have a roast or two when the temperature really starts to drop outside :D

  8. Cliona Keane 10/11/2016 at 17:15 - Reply

    Yummy! Perfect as we come into cosy Sunday lunch weather!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:58 - Reply

      Roasts are very hygge aren’t they Cliona? :D

  9. Amanda 10/11/2016 at 19:09 - Reply

    This sounds delicious! Aren’t Insta Pots great? I love the gravy boat. It is so festive!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 11:59 - Reply

      It’s cute isn’t it Amanda? A gift from Hungry Hubby one Christmas – there’s affiliate links to it under the recipe if you want one yourself :D

  10. Sharon 10/11/2016 at 22:16 - Reply

    Ugh gravy scares me too! I have never been able to get it right. I love your tip about making this ahead of time and freezing. Less pressure this way!!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 12:00 - Reply

      This should really help you then Sharon – even if it doesn’t go exactly to plan the first time, making it in advance means you can always have another go before the big day!

  11. Cricket Plunkett 11/11/2016 at 14:20 - Reply

    Yum! We love gravy in my house but I’ve never made it in an instapot. I’ll have to try this, thanks!

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 14:28 - Reply

      You’re welcome – I hope this recipe comes in useful for you!

  12. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy 11/11/2016 at 14:26 - Reply

    What a great way to make gravy ahead of time. I m always looking for ways to do this.

    • Just Jo 11/11/2016 at 14:28 - Reply

      Well I’m glad this was helpful for you Gloria – thanks for stopping by :D

  13. Kathy Baluch 18/11/2016 at 15:56 - Reply

    I don’t have any corn flour. Could I use flour or corn starch?

    • Just Jo 19/11/2016 at 10:06 - Reply

      Absolutely Kathy – either are good alternatives :D

      • Kathy 19/11/2016 at 19:03 - Reply

        Thank you.

        • Just Jo 21/11/2016 at 08:20 - Reply

          You’re very welcome Kathy – enjoy your gravy :D

  14. Helen Williams 30/11/2016 at 22:26 - Reply

    As silly as it sounds, thighs are a third of the price of wings here – even boneless chicken breasts are cheaper than wings. Buffalo and football tailgating have a lot to answer for!
    Could I use thighs or are they just not the right bone?

    • Just Jo 01/12/2016 at 09:11 - Reply

      Hi Helen – I would go with the chicken thighs and if need be, reduce the gravy further or add more flour to get it thick enough. Or the other way I used to do this when I was little was using a whole turkey leg – I wouldn’t try bashing it up to expose the marrow but again, reduce and thicken as needed :D

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