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5-minute rich and flavorful velouté sauce is a French “mother sauce” made from roux (butter cooked with flour) and chicken stock. It’s basically gravy without drippings, and it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve for serving with things like roast chicken, roast turkey, or even pot roast!

pouring gravy from gravy boat onto turkey breast on plate

I’ve been making chicken gravy without pan drippings for years.

This is for two reasons.

Firstly, I never liked having to wait for a chicken or turkey to be done roasting just so I could make the gravy.

And secondly, adding the pan drippings from a roast just always seemed like way too much grease.

Now, I know the burning question in your head. How on earth could a pan gravy made without drippings be as flavorful as regular gravy?!

The real answer to that is if you use an amazing chicken stock, the result will be an incredible gravy. Greasy drippings or not.

close up of plate of thanksgiving dinner with veloute sauce on turkey breast

And then the other day I was reading an article on the 5 French “mother sauces” (essentially, sauces that are used to make other sauces). (Yes, nerd alert, lol! This is what I do for fun.) It dawned on me that velouté sauce is nothing more than pan gravy without drippings!

Cue the cartoon with the lightbulb popping on over the person’s head.

Velouté sauce is a rich, velvety sauce made from blond roux and a light colored stock, such as chicken stock, fish stock, or veal stock.

A roux is simply butter cooked with flour that acts as a thickener for stock. This is why it’s important to use a very flavorful stock!

Try this recipe next time you need a quick gravy. It’s been my go-to Thanksgiving gravy for years!

top view of gravy in white gravy boat

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • There’s no need to wait for the chicken or the turkey to finish roasting so you can make the gravy!
  • You only need 5 minutes to whip up this gravy. It’s probably the quickest and easiest recipe you’ll make on Thanksgiving.
  • No one who tastes it will guess this was made without drippings! Especially if you use a really good, flavorful chicken stock.
  • You aren’t limited to using this sauce on chicken or turkey. You can use veal stock (or beef stock) instead of chicken stock and serve this on pot roast, roast beef, beef sandwiches, etc.

The Best 5-Minute Velouté Sauce Recipe

Ingredients in Gravy without Drippings

veloute sauce ingredients
  • Unsalted butter – for richness; cooked with flour, this makes a roux
  • All-purpose flour – acts as a thickener
  • Chicken stock – use a really flavorful stock for the best gravy
  • Onion powder – adds savory flavor
  • Garlic powder – adds depth of flavor
  • Salt and black pepper – to season the gravy
  • Poultry seasoning – this blend typically contains sage and thyme as the strongest flavors, but also frequently has marjoram, rosemary, onion, celery seed, nutmeg, and/or black pepper

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Make Roux:

how to make roux
  1. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, add the flour.
  3. Whisk to combine.
  4. Cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.

How to Make Velouté:

how to make veloute sauce
  1. Add the chicken stock.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Whisk in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and poultry seasoning.
  4. Bring up to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat.

Storage

Store this sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Velouté with Beef Stock

Traditionally, this French mother sauce is made with a lighter colored stock, such as chicken, fish, or veal.

However, if you want to make a quick and easy gravy for beef, you can use beef stock instead of chicken stock. If you do, omit the poultry seasoning and add 1 sprig of fresh rosemary instead (remove it before serving).

What to Serve with Velouté Sauce (Gravy without Drippings)

  • Roast chicken – the classic main course that pairs perfectly with velouté sauce
  • Pot roast – you can use veal or beef stock instead of chicken stock to make an easy gravy for pot roast
  • Roast turkey – like this Thanksgiving sheet pan dinner
  • Mashed potatoes – because some people like butter, but other people like gravy on their mashed potatoes
  • Cornbread stuffing (aka dressing) – if you enjoy gravy on your stuffing
  • Fluffy drop biscuits – for the biscuits and gravy fans
top view of turkey dinner with homemade gravy made without drippings

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5-Minute Velouté Sauce Recipe (How to Make Gravy without Drippings)

Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
5-minute rich and flavorful velouté sauce is a French "mother sauce" made from roux (butter cooked with flour) and chicken stock. It’s basically gravy without drippings, and it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve for serving with things like roast chicken, roast turkey, or even pot roast!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock, and then whisk in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and poultry seasoning.
  • Bring up to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes just over 1 cup of gravy. It serves 4 people generously, with a little over 1/4 cup per serving.
  • Serving and Reheating Tip: Keep the gravy in the saucepan so you can easily reheat it right before serving if necessary. To reheat the gravy, warm it over low heat, whisking occasionally. Add a splash of chicken stock to thin it out if necessary.
  • Storage: Store this sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Velouté with Beef Stock: Traditionally, this French msauce is made with a lighter colored stock, such as chicken, fish, or veal. However, if you want to make a quick and easy gravy for beef, you can use beef stock instead of chicken stock. Also, omit the poultry seasoning and add 1 sprig of fresh rosemary instead (remove it before serving).
  • Gluten Free Gravy Option: For gluten free gravy, omit the all-purpose flour and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons of cold water along with the chicken stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Gravy without Drippings, How to Make Gravy without Drippings, Velouté, Velouté Sauce, Velouté Sauce Recipe

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