How to Make Giblet Gravy with Chicken or Turkey

Giblet gravy is one of the holiday side dishes that should not be overlooked. Learn how to make gravy using either chicken or turkey giblets, and you’ll never want regular gravy again!

giblet gravy in silver gravy boat

I know this giblet gravy recipe should have technically been posted before Thanksgiving, but with hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, things just got away from me. So I figured it would be great for Christmas dinner instead!

How To Make Giblet Gravy With Chicken Or Turkey

You can make giblet gravy with either a whole chicken or a whole turkey. I’ve made it with both birds and either way, it is delicious! The particular gravy in the photo above was made with a whole chicken. But the process is exactly the same for a turkey.

Now lets get one thing out of the way. This gravy has fat in it. Plenty of fat. A gravy like this depends on fat for consistency and just plain yumminess.

Giblet gravy is not something you’ll eat every day, but it is delicious, homemade gravy for the holidays. I make this once a year, so I don’t even think about the fat content. Particularly because this is typically the most fattening thing at my table. It’s all about balance! A little gravy on some lean turkey breast works perfectly for balancing those macros. So please don’t get upset about the fat content. I promise it will all be okay. It’s just a bowl of gravy. 🙂

P.S. – If you really can’t get past the fat content, there is a link to gravy below that is far lower in fat.

Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe

Make a double batch of this gravy recipe, because trust me – everyone wants seconds!


You will find the giblets inside your chicken or turkey. Typically wrapped in paper and fairly easy to pull out if the bird is raw (not frozen). This is typically the liver, heart, neck and gizzard (or some combination of those). Remove them from their wrapping and cook as you wish.


The gizzard is an organ in the digestive tract of some animals, including chickens and turkeys.


You’ll unwrap the giblets from the paper they are in and discard the paper. Then, put the giblets into a pot or pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the giblets are fully cooked and you have a nice broth.

If making gravy, you’ll transfer the giblets to a plate, remove any meat from the neck (then discard it) and chop up the other organs into tiny pieces for your gravy. Return them to the pan and add all your other gravy ingredients.


There are other recipe suggestions you can make with giblets.

  • Giblet Bolognese – Simply use giblets to make a regular bolognese for pasta.
  • Battered and deep-fried giblets (not the healthiest option, but it’s an option.)
  • Turkey giblets à la Bourguignon


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Giblet Gravy in a silver gravy boat.

Giblet Gravy Recipe

This delicious and easily made gravy recipe is perfect for your holiday table.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings (approximately a 3 cup yield – 1/4 cup serving)
Calories: 182kcal



  • 1 set giblets and neck
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup drippings
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link) (you may need an extra tablespoon, but start with 2)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse off the giblets and the neck and put into a small to medium sauce pot.
    Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe Giblets and Neck
  • Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
    Liquid should reduce by about half.
    Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe Giblets and Neck In Water
  • Remove the parts from the water, but do NOT discard the water.
    Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe Remaining Water
  • Chop up the giblets and use a fork to shred the meat off the neck.
    Return the chopped and shredded bits to the pot of reserved water they were just boiled in.
    Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe Cooked Parts
  • Add the drippings from the pan where you roasted the bird.
    Turn on the heat under the pot again and whisk in the flour. Continue to whisk until the gravy thickens.
    Clean Eating Giblet Gravy Recipe Drippings
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
    Giblet Gravy in a silver gravy boat.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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