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Swedish-Style Chicken with Creamy Dill Gravy

Meatballs in a savory herbal cream sauce are a favorite food in Sweden, as part of annual midsummer celebrations. Take advantage of seasonal fresh herbs to flavor the creamy gravy-style sauce that complements tender chunks of chicken—a quicker take on making meatballs. Serve a bowlful as part of a buffet.

Servings 12
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 large (28 ounces) Just Bare Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks 
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cups dairy sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Buttered egg noodles or a rye berry pilaf, as desired
  • Chopped fresh chives as desired

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Calcium 5%Iron 4%
Vitamin C 2%Vitamin A 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Melt butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Sauté chicken and onion in butter-oil mixture about 8 minutes or until no longer pink in center and well browned. Cook to internal temp of 165°F. Remove from skillet.
  2. Sprinkle flour and nutmeg over the drippings in the skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Slowly pour in broth, whisking continuously; cook until mixture boils. Cook 3 minutes or until gravy thickens.
  3. Reduce heat to low; whisk in sour cream and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Return chicken and onions to gravy. Serve sprinkled with chives.


•    Serve with a bowl of lingonberry sauce, a traditional sweet-tart accompaniment to Swedish meatballs.
•    Freshly grating whole nutmeg and grinding cardamom seeds in a mortar & pestle or spice grinder really boosts the delicate flavor of the spices.
•    To serve as a main dish, spoon the saucy chicken over wide egg noodles or make a chewy pilaf with whole rye berries.