I’ve been wanting to try the herb gravy recipe from Elana’s pantry for a while. I love that it’s thickened with pureed onions and garlic instead of a grain or something from my old Chem 1A class (e.g. xantham gum). Tonight I adapted her recipe and used what I had in my pantry. I’m sorry but I don’t have homemade stock or organic turkey pan drippings just lying around. Good for you, Paleo Martha Stewart, if you do.

Time to make Easy Paleo Herb Gravy!


  • 1 quart organic low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 6-8 cloves peeled garlic (I love garlic and that’s how many come pre-peeled in a little pack)
  • ½ tsp dried thyme (or a few good shakes of Fines Herbes seasoning)
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, unsalted butter, or coconut oil
  • A splash of heavy cream (optional)


  • All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.

Someone peeling the outside skin of a yellow onion.

I dumped the broth, onions, garlic, and thyme into a medium saucepan and brought it to a boil on high.  Then, I lowered the heat to low and let it simmer for ~30 minutes or until the onions and garlic are really soft. At this point I tasted for seasonings and added salt, pepper, and coconut aminos.

Chicken broth, onions, garlic, and thyme in a saucepan coming to a boil.

Then, I poured everything into my Vitamix (most AWESOME blender ever), added 2 tablespoons of ghee, and blitzed everything until it was uniform.  You can also add some heavy cream if you want a creamy gravy. Definitely use 2 or more onions because my sauce was pretty thin.  It was really tasty (even with pantry items) so I’m keeping a container in the fridge to ladle onto whatever other meats/veggies I eat the next few days.

A small white ramekin filled with easy paleo herb gravy with a spoon in the bowl.

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Easy Paleo Herb Gravy

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
I love that this gravy is thickened with onions and garlic instead of something like xantham gum. Here's my version of Elana’s pantry recipe!


  • 1 quart organic low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large onions roughly chopped
  • 6-8 garlic cloves peeled
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or fat of choice
  • Splash of heavy cream optional
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  • Dump the broth, onions, garlic, and thyme into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on high. Then, lower the heat to low and let it simmer for ~30 minutes or until the onions and garlic are really soft. At this point, taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and coconut aminos.
  • Pour everything into a blender (I love my Vitamix!), add the ghee, and blitz everything until it's a smooth consistency. You can even add heavy cream if you can tolerate it and want a creamy gravy.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 38g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thick and delicious! Used an immersion blender right in the cooking pot. Beats all the gummy tapioca-thickened paleo gravies.
    Perfect. Thank you!

  2. I wanted to like this, especially since the instant pot chicken gravy—similarly made by blending up cooked onions, garlic, etc.— is so good; however, it was runny and So Sweet. I got it to thicken with collagen and an arrowroot slurry. To counter the sweetness, I tried adding more herbs, ground dried mushrooms, apple cider vinegar, tamari…Nothing worked. I finally gave up, and my husband just made regular gravy with GF flour. Thanksgiving is one day a year. I’ll survive.

  3. 5 stars
    This is so delicious, and that surprised me because the ingredients and method seem unusual for a chicken gravy made without a carcass and drippings.
    I use my InstantPot for the first step rather than a sauce pan on the stove. 10 min high pressure, quick release. Fast and still great tasting.
    Had some of this gravy frozen so used it tonight to make a casserole w leftover shredded chicken breast, kale, onions, garlic, cauliflower rice and spices. Topped w a crumb topping made w pork rinds, parm and olive oil. This gravy recipe is so versatile!