Sunday Dinner: Chicken Gravy

Since I'm married to a pastor, Sundays around here are pretty crazy.  But at the end of the day I still want to have that big 'ol traditional Sunday dinner.  Unfortunately, my energy level is shot & I just don't feel like preparing a big meal.  Enter Chicken Gravy.  This is home-down comfort food at it's finest, but without all the preparation.  It takes about 30 minutes to whip up (And I mean that.  Not like those "30 minute meals" you get off of Food Network that actually take you 90 minutes.)  It's filling, healthy, and perfect for Sundays.  Make it super quick by using boxed mashed potatoes.  Here's the DL...
1 pound chicken
3 cups chicken or turkey gravy
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup carrot finely chopped
1 celery stock finely chopped
8 cups mashed potatoes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder & thyme to taste.  Cover with tin foil & bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.  Meanwhile, in medium pot boil the carrots & celery until carrots are fork tender.  Make mashed potatoes while chicken is cooking.  (If making homemade mashed potatoes get water boiling before preparing the chicken.)
Remove chicken from oven & allow to cool slightly.  While chicken is cooling in large pot heat up the gravy until heated through (I use dry gravy mix, but the jarred/canned stuff works great too).  Drain carrots & celery and add to the gravy.  Add parsley.  Pull apart or cut chicken into bite size pieces & add to the gravy.  Stir it all up & serve over warm mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!
*This makes quite a bit of food.  Serves about 8 people.
*You can do this same idea with country gravy & ground hamburger- Hamburger Gravy.