Smothered Turkey Chops Recipe – Immaculate Bites

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Smothered Turkey Chops – Fork-tender turkey bathed in a rich, flavorful gravy is Southern comfort food at its best! Serve it over creamy mashed potatoes for the ideal weeknight meal. Plus, this luxurious Southern staple comes together in under an hour!

When craving delicious comfort food, this smothered turkey chops recipe is a nice change from classic chicken. The mouthwatering combination of tender meat and creamy gravy is always satisfying, especially when I want something warm and cozy.

And this delectable dish is so versatile! Serve it at a holiday party for a twist on the classic turkey feast. But it also deserves a place in your meal rotation all year long!

Delectable Smothered Turkey Chops over mashed potatoes for a soul-satisfying dinner

What Are Turkey Chops?

Turkey chops, sometimes called turkey cutlets, are from the breast. If you make your own, cut across the grain of the turkey breast for nice slices of easy-to-cook meat. They usually weigh 4-8 ounces each.

Recipe Ingredients

Easy ingredients for Smothered Turkey Chops
Ingredients for Smothered Turkey Chops Gravy
  1. Turkey Chops – Succulent and tender turkey chops are the key players in this recipe!
  2. Seasoned Flour – Turkey seasoning, garlic and onion powder, classic salt and pepper, and flour give this dish loads of flavor.
  3. Roux – Butter and flour form the base of the rich gravy.
  4. Veggies – Yellow or white onions enhance the gravy’s taste with a touch of sweetness. Mushrooms add earthy umami, and a little thyme doesn’t hurt.
  5. Chicken Stock – The gravy’s base adds flavor and moisture to even the driest meat.

How to Make Smothered Turkey Chops

Season and bread the cutlets
Sear the cutlets and saute the aromatics

The Turkey Chops

  • Prep – Dry the turkey with a paper towel and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Season – In a small mixing bowl, stir the turkey seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder until thoroughly combined. Season the turkey with it and rub it in. Set aside. (Photo 1)
  • Bread – Mix the remaining seasoning with the flour in a shallow bowl. Thoroughly coat the turkey chops with the flour mixture and shake off excess. Place the coated turkey cutlets on a clean plate or board. Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.  (Photos 2-4)
  • Cook – Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high, then add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Place chops in the hot oil and cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden. Flip the chops over, and cook for another 4 minutes.  (Photo 5)
  • Let Rest – Once ready, transfer them to a cooling rack and set aside.
Make the gravy and smother the cutlets

The Gravy

  • Sauté – Pour the remaining cooking oil into the same pan, then add onion, mushroom, garlic, and thyme. Saute for 5-7 minutes until the onion is slightly brown and the vegetables are soft. Transfer to a plate and set aside. (Photo 6)
  • Make Roux – Add butter to the cast iron pan. Once melted, add 2 tablespoons of seasoned flour, turn the heat to low, and whisk the flour until it dissolves in the melted butter. (Photo 7)
  • Make Gravy – Whisk in chicken broth (continue whisking until the gravy thickens slightly). Add about a tablespoon of chicken broth if it gets too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Photos 8-9)
  • Simmer – Place the fried turkey in the pan, and pour some of the gravy over the meat with a spoon. Put the lid on and simmer for 15 minutes. (Photo 10)
  • Serve – Once the smothered turkey chops are ready, garnish with parsley. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. Enjoy.
Fresh off the stove Smothered Turkey Chops ready to enjoy

Recipe Variations

  1. Seasoning Swap – Use your favorite poultry seasoning or customize the seasonings according to your palate.
  2. Meat Swap – You can replace the turkey with chicken, pork, or beef.
  3. Gravy Add-Ins – Kick up the heat with a pinch of chili flakes or the umami with white wine.
  4. Bacon – Fry some bacon and use the drippings instead of oil. Crumble the bacon bits on top for a crunchy, savory garnish.

Tips and Tricks

  1. If you prefer a darker gravy, cook the flour a little longer over low heat. To get a lighter gravy, cook it for less time over high heat.
  2. To avoid lumpy gravy, whisk it constantly until you’ve reached the desired consistency. If it still looks lumpy, give it a quick blitz in the blender. 😉
  3. Let the turkey chops rest briefly before adding them to the gravy. This will keep your chops flavorful and tender.

Make-Ahead Instructions

Smothered turkey chops are best fresh off the stove. That said, you can season and bread the chops the day before and store them in the fridge overnight. Then, remove them from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.

You can also freeze the seasoned and breaded cutlets for a couple of months. Thaw them overnight in the fridge, then cook according to the instructions.

Taking a bite out of insanely delicious Smothered Turkey Chops

Serving and Storage Instructions

I like serving smothered turkey chops straight from the stove over mashed potatoes or white rice.

Leftovers are easy to store in an airtight container refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 2-3 months.

To reheat in the oven, place the leftovers in an oven-safe dish and heat at 350℉ (177℃) for 15-20 minutes. To reheat on the stovetop, place leftovers in a saucepan and reheat over medium heat. As soon as the sauce bubbles and the turkey is hot, you’re good to go.

If the gravy gets too thick, whisk in a splash of chicken stock or water until it reaches the desired consistency.


Can I use turkey breast for this recipe?

You can! Slice a turkey breast or turkey tenderloin thinly to make your own chops.

What type of pan should I use?

A heavy-bottomed cast iron or stainless-steel skillet works best because it distributes the heat evenly and prevents burning. It should be large enough for the turkey chops to simmer in the gravy.

Stewed vs. Smothered

Both are similar. But stewing involves simmering in a broth or stock, whereas smothering involves frying the meat and then smothering it in gravy. 😉

What to Serve With Smothered Turkey Chops

I love smothered turkey chops with garlic mashed potatoes and a colorful carrot raisin salad or easy coleslaw. A melt-in-your-mouth coconut cream pie for dessert tops things off. 😍

More Exquisite Turkey Recipes to Try

  1. Fried Turkey Wings
  2. Roasted Turkey Thighs
  3. Turkey Breakfast Sausage
  4. Smoked Turkey Wings
  5. Roast Turkey Breast


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Smothered Turkey Chops

Fork-tender turkey bathed in a rich, flavorful gravy is Southern comfort food at its best! Serve it over creamy mashed potatoes for the ideal weeknight meal. Plus, this luxurious Southern staple comes together in under an hour!