Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

The gravy is the standout, ideal for stirring into chook mashed potatoes. Serve with quick-cooking vegetables like spinach or kale for an easy, circle of the relatives-friendly meal.

4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 cup quick-mixing flour (such as Wondra), divided
 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
12 ounces frozen mashed potatoes (such as Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash) 1/3 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It
Step 1 Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place 2 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

Step 2 Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons flour to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add stock to pan; bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Step 3 Cook potatoes according to package directions. Combine potatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, and milk in a medium bowl; mash to desired consistency. Serve with chicken and gravy. Sprinkle with parsley.