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How To Make Gravy Without Drippings

How to Make Gravy without Drippings is perfect for a holiday feast when you don't have a Turkey with drippings to use! It's rich, savory, and made with just 4 main ingredients and a few seasonings.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 1 -1/2 Cups
Author: Lexi


  • 2 cups chicken broth see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme picked (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional


  • In a medium sauce pan add broth, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme (if using), salt, pepper and lemon juice. Heat to medium and bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl whisk cornstarch with 2 tablespoon of water until smooth, to create a slurry to thicken the gravy.
  • Add slurry to broth, and whisk immediately to combine. Continue to boil and thicken up for 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk in butter to combine, if using, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


If you are making this for a roasted chicken or turkey dinner you should absolutely use the pan drippings! Measure out the pan drippings and add additional turkey or chicken broth to equal 2 cups of liquid.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.8g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 0.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 673mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.5g