Baked chicken with sour cream is one of the most delicious meals served during Thanksgiving and warmer weather. Using sour cream in baked chicken helps to make it moist, delicious and subtle in flavour.
Baked chicken with sour cream is a great, easy dinner recipe. Best of all, you can use this method and variations with different ingredients on days when you don’t have time to cook.
Sour Cream Baked Chicken
4 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, or crushed cornflakes, or crispy rice cereal
1 teaspoon crushed Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepperAdd to Shopping List
- Pound chicken to a uniform 1/2-inch thickness. Place in an ovenproof 10-inch round dish, sprayed with vegetable oil. Spoon sour cream over chicken. In a small dish mix crumbs (or cereal) with herbs, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle crumb mixture over sour cream. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
Baked Sour Cream Chicken
Baked Sour Cream Chicken is tender chicken breasts baked to perfection with a crunchy bread crumb coating and rich sour cream sauce.
When it comes to delicious, family-friendly Dinner Recipes that you don’t have to spend all day on, it’s hard to beat a simple chicken dinner. Just like Baked Rosemary Chicken or Crispy Butter Chicken, this recipe takes a simple baked chicken base and adds tons of flavor to it with its delicious herbs, breadcrumbs, and sour cream topping.
BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
This Simple Chicken Dish is ready in just 30 minutes and is a great recipe to work into your weeknight dinner rotation. It’s the perfect comfort food dish with a crispy crumb topping and juicy chicken inside. Even though it’s baked in the oven, the crumb topping gives the chicken the same crispiness you’d expect from Fried Chicken. Then the sour cream sauce makes the recipe extra rich, and adds a little bit of delicious tang.
The next time you’re in a rush but still want to serve a delicious homemade dinner, this 30-minute chicken is the perfect solution. You only need a few simple ingredients, and the hands-on time is just 10 minutes. After that, you only have to pop the chicken in the oven and wait for your perfectly easy main dish.
To round off this simple chicken dish into a filling meal serve it with some classic sides like Mashed Potatoes or easy Brown Rice. This Sour Cream Chicken is flavorful enough that you can serve it with fairly simple sides and still have a wonderfully delicious meal.
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TIPS FOR MAKING BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
- Prep time: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then spray your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray to make sure the chicken doesn’t get stuck to the baking dish while it bakes. If you don’t have the round dish that the recipe recommends you can use an average casserole dish. Next, use a meat mallet to pound your chicken into a uniform thickness. Try to get each chicken breast to be 1/2-inch thickness.
- Assemble: Place the chicken in a single layer on the baking dish or large casserole dish. Spoon the sour cream evenly over the chicken breasts. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs, Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Then sprinkle the crumb mixture over the chicken.
- Bake Time: Put the Sour Cream Chicken in the preheated oven to bake for 20 minutes. To make sure the chicken is safe to eat, cut into the chicken and check the inside isn’t pink anymore. You can also use an internal meat thermometer to check the temperature. Stick the thermometer in one of the chicken breasts, and if it’s 165 degrees, the chicken is safe to eat.
VARIATIONS ON BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
- Cheese: To make Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or parmesan cheese over the chicken when you take it out of the oven. The cheese will melt to gooey, stringy perfection. Instead of shredded cheese, you could also put a slice of mozzarella, cheddar, or Swiss cheese to melt right over the chicken.
- Crumb coating: Instead of the Italian Bread crumbs in the recipe, you could use typical Panko breadcrumbs. Or change things up even more from the Panko breadcrumbs with Ritz Crackers. Broken apart Ritz Cracker crumbs make a great replacement for dry breadcrumbs. To make the recipe extra cheesy mix a cup parmesan cheese with the Ritz cracker crumbs.
- Sour Cream: In place of the sour cream in the recipe, you could also use plain Greek yogurt or cream of chicken soup. Both are rich and creamy, so they’ll make good substitutes.
- Extra flavor: To experiment with the taste of your chicken try adding your favorite herbs and spices like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, fresh chives, or cayenne pepper. You could also drizzle a little lemon juice over the top for some zest. Or spice things up with a dash of hot sauce.
HOW TO STORE BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
- Serve: You should never leave your Baked Sour Cream Chicken out for longer than 2 hours.
- Store: To store this chicken recipe, let it cool down to room temperature. Then put it in a plastic bag or another airtight container. Baked Chicken will stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days, and you can easily reheat it in the microwave or oven.
- Freeze: Properly sealed, you could also store this chicken dish in the freezer for up to 4 months. Let the chicken thaw in the fridge before you pop it in the oven to reheat.
SMOTHERED CHEESY SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
This family friendly Smothered Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken dish is quick, easy, and delicious! There’s only ten minutes of prep time and then the oven takes care of the rest!
When it comes to feeding my family, I’m all about easy. These days between running the gym, and the sports schedules, I barely have time to breathe, let alone spend hours in the kitchen. But I still want to put a good meal on the table…one that everyone will like.
We try to eat together as a family when everyone is home, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out with schedules. Right now I have two kids home for the summer and one living in an apartment up at her school who is in and out occasionally on weekends.
The night I served this Smothered Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken, everyone ate at separate times. My teenage son had it right out of the oven, and he proclaimed it very good. He’s not a picky eater, but my kids, having grown up next door to my in-laws, who are amazing cooks, have turned out to be foodies. So when I get a comment like that, it actually means something. My daughter had it for leftovers, and asked her father the next day who made the chicken because she really liked it. And my husband enjoyed it as well! SCORE one for Mom in the kitchen.
I love it when a meal is a win all around. It’s so hard to please everyone in a family of five.
Sour cream is the star of this recipe, and it’s a staple in my house, so let’s talk a little about why you might want to cook with it.
WHAT IS SOUR CREAM? IS IT HEALTHY?
Sour cream is made by adding lactic-acid producing bacteria to cream, which sours and thickens the cream. I personally love the tangy taste, but it’s also a good addition to a healthy diet. Not only is it a source of healthy fats, but it contains protein and a number of important nutrients as well.
Living with a family of athletes, sour cream is a regular part of our diet. For one, the calcium and phosphorus in sour cream promote healthy bones. Sour cream is also a good source of riboflavin, which not only is a powerful antioxidant, but also helps convert your food into energy, which is important for a healthy metabolism. Plus, when you work out, you’re breaking down your muscle fibers. Protein helps rebuild and repair them.
When I cook with sour cream, I cook with the full fat version. I’ll tell you why. Most of the dairy products I buy are full fat, and they have been since my children were small. For years, we’ve been told to stick to low fat in our diets. My children even came home from school with the recommendations from their health class that we switch to skim milk and low fat dairy products. We never did. While I never had a scientific reason back then, I would always tell them that they needed the fat in their diets, and left it at that. Now, recent studies are actually showing that people who eat full fat dairy are less likely to suffer from obesity. One reason for that may be that full fat dairy products tend to fill us up quicker, which means we are less likely to overeat. But another consideration for me is that low fat dairy products often contain sugar and other additives that we don’t really need in our diets.
I always use Hood® Sour Cream. Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States and the number one dairy brand in New England. Their products come from local family farms around the region. By purchasing from regional sources, we’re helping reduce our environmental footprint.
But quality is also important, and Hood Sour Cream is top notch! Don’t take my word for it though…you’ll also find that professional chefs trust Hood Sour Cream as well! I’ve been cooking with Hood for many years…and I’ll be cooking with them for many more. Hood Sour Cream takes my dishes to the next level. Try it and see for yourself!
SMOTHERED CHEESY SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
This recipe is about as easy as they come. Get started by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Coat a rectangular baking dish with a little olive oil so the chicken doesn’t stick. Then mix your sour cream with a half cup of Parmesan, salt and pepper, oregano and basil, garlic powder and corn starch (to thicken it up a little bit) together.
Lay your chicken breasts in the baking dish, top each with a slice of mozzarella and smother the chicken with the sour cream mixture. Then top with a little more Parmesan, and pop it in the oven for about an hour. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the top as garnish.
The sour cream mixture keeps the chicken really moist, and the finished sauce is quite delicious. I like to serve it over rice.
You really can’t get too much simpler than this for dinner prep. It literally takes minutes to get this Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken ready for the oven!
Doesn’t it look delicious?!
Dinner is served!