Sour Cream Chicken

This Sour Cream Chicken is made with a sour cream sauce smothered over chicken breasts, topped with Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven!. It’s an incredibly easy weeknight recipe ready for the oven in less than 5 minutes!

easy weeknight chicken breast with greens and potatoes on white plate with fork and knife

I am late to the party for so many things. Recently, I’ve discovered Game of Thrones and I am officially hooked and incapable of doing much else until I finish one more episode of Season 1 and finish all of Season 2. I even went so far as to bring my iPad to the gym today and watched an episode while I ran on the treadmill.

While on my iPad, I also found a recipe similar to this one on from The Enchanted Cook (I am sure that you have seen it floating around Pinterest).

But I do not eat mayo, so I made mine with sour cream and added fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon zest. I have made this chicken so many times in the last few months.

It is ridiculously easy, and while not the most attractive recipe that I make, it tastes amazing. Everyone at my table loves this chicken recipe and it is a keeper.

easy weeknight chicken breast with greens and potatoes on white plate with fork and knife

Ingredients

The ingredients for this baked chicken recipe include boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sour cream, garlic, lemon zest, Borsari salt, chives, parsley, panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Sour Cream. Full-fat sour cream works best for a creamy consistency. Plus, low-fat sour cream includes added sugar and preservatives we don’t really need in our diet.

Borsari Salt. Bosari’s Original Seasoning is the secret ingredient that makes this chicken casserole so special. Bosari’s is pure sea salt infused with fresh basil, rosemary, garlic, black pepper and nutmeg. It’s incredibly versatile and I love it in this simple chicken dish.

Look for Bosari Salt in the spice aisle of your local supermarket or purchase it online. If you don’t have Bosari salt, simply use salt and pepper as noted in the recipe card. A few pinches of dried herbs or grates of fresh nutmeg never hurt either!

easy chicken dinner in white plate with greens, on white platter with bowl of potatoes

How To Make // The Steps

This sour cream chicken comes together in a few easy steps. It takes 5 minutes to prep the marinade, then the oven does the rest. A chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Mix together sour cream, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, chives, and parsley in a small bowl.
  2. Mix the panko crumbs into the sour cream mixture.
  3. Spread the sour cream over the top of the chicken breasts.
  4. Cover with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, and the cheese is golden brown.
easy chicken dinner in white plate with greens, on white platter with bowl of potatoes

Why This Smothered Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken Is So Good?

  • Full-fat sour cream not only tastes better, but it keeps the chicken super moist.
  • Bosari salt adds balanced flavor and cuts down on the ingredients list for an incredibly tasty meal!
  • Parmesan cheese creates a cheesy, crunchy, golden-brown crust!

Variations

  • If you’re not a fan of sour cream, sub in an equal amount of mayo or Greek yogurt.
  • The seasoning is completely versatile. I love using Bosari seasoning salt since all the flavorings are included, but if not in your pantry, simply add 1-2 teaspoons of any dried herb of your choosing such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano or Italian seasoning.
  • Replace the panko breadcrumbs with an equal amount of crushed Ritz crackers for a salty, buttery crunch.
smothered cheesy sour cream chicken with greens and potatoes on white plate with fork and knife

Serving Suggestions

This simple chicken dish requires nothing more than a side of veggies or a simple salad.

I also love pairing it with baked potatoes with garlic herb sour cream (double the sour cream!), mashed potatoes, rice, pasta or egg noodles for those weekdays when I feel like having more carbs – especially after long runs on the treadmill!

More Chicken Recipes //

Originally published in February 2013, updated April 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!


smothered cheesy sour cream chicken with greens and potatoes on white plate with fork and knife

Sour Cream Chicken

Yield: serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Sour Cream Chicken is an easy weeknight chicken recipe. Chicken is smothered in a sour cream sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Mix together sour cream, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, chives, and parsley in a small bowl. Mix the panko crumbs into the sour cream mixture.
  2. Spread the sour cream over the top of the chicken breasts. Cover with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, and the cheese is golden brown.

Notes

Replace the panko breadcrumbs with an equal amount of crushed Ritz crackers for a salty, buttery crunch.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 1535mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 63g

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This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    Such a great recipe for those busy days, Bree! Gorgeous!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Robyn, I have been making this a lot lately for that reason exactly!

  2. Maeghan

    I love making chicken this way. On the rare occasion I have TollHouse crackers in my pantry, I’ll use them rather than panko and that buttery taste really makes it taste so good!

    1. bakedbree

      Yum! What is a tollhouse cracker? Like a Ritz? That would be so good. So would a Saltine come to think of it… thanks for the good idea.

      1. Maeghan

        Townhouse, my Siri must recognize that I type Tollhouse more often ๐Ÿ™‚ I use Ritz a lot for the butteriness, but find the Townhouse has the right salt/butter combo.

        1. bakedbree

          Ha! That is funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Denise

    I have not had this in years. My stepmother use to make something very similar but she used a packet of dry Italian salad dressing, and it came out a bit saucy. It was fantastic. I like how your recipe has a golden crust on top. I am going to have to make this!!

    1. bakedbree

      Her version sounds delicious! I have been making this a lot lately because it is so easy. You can change it up a million ways too.

  4. Jill

    I have made this same recipe with fish and substituted the mayo/sour cream with Greek yogurt. Really good.

    1. bakedbree

      that is a great idea to use fish, especially with Lent starting today.

  5. Nancy

    Can you put in crockpot?

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t think so. Sour cream will curdle.

  6. Lindsay Rose

    My husband recently came home from a meeting with our dairy company manager with a CARTON of cartons of garlic sour cream!! (an embarrasment of riches!) so Im scouring the net for recipes that use savory sour cream – this sounds delicious. Cant wait to give it a try using thighs (cos thats whats in the freezer ;-))

    1. bakedbree

      A good problem to have. Try my ranch dressing recipe too. Garlic sour cream would work really well.

  7. Emily

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      I’m so glad you liked it. This is a staple here, I make it all the time.

  8. Landon

    I used the sour cream w/ chives (premixed) and chopped garlic for those garlic lovers and found it to compliment the chicken even more especially with children that are super picky about their chicken and i was their hero. Thanks for the info

    1. bakedbree

      This recipe is so versatile you can make it a million different ways.

  9. Emily

    This recipe sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it! Do you think regular bread crumbs could sub in for the Panko, with similarly tasty results?

    1. bakedbree

      I think that it will be fine. I prefer panko because it has more crunch. And it is an ingredient tend to hoard.

  10. Lucy

    is there a grain free alternative to panko? this sounds like something my kids would love.

    1. bakedbree

      I’m not sure, but maybe almond meal?

  11. Ashley

    Bree! I absolutely loved this recipe. I was searching around on your blog for a quick weeknight dinner for me and my boyfriend and this will definitely find its way into my weekly rotation of meals. It was so quick to put together and I served it with a side salad for a perfect supper!
    I used fresh home grown garlic and it was delish! Thanks again for sharing this awesome recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! This recipe is a winner. So easy and really adaptable. Glad that you liked it so much. And I am jealous of your home grown garlic!

  12. Angela

    This recipe is awesome. I didn’t have panko, so I used crushed butter crackers (similar to Ritz) like mentioned in the comments and it was great. Thank you so much for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome. I love this easy recipe. I change up the spices and make it all the time.

  13. Laurie

    Do you think shredded mozzarella would be good on top?

    1. bakedbree

      I 100% do.

  14. Zoe

    i didnt read it very well, and i added the cheese INTO the sour cream mixture, instead of sprinkling it on top.. i await the results

    1. bakedbree

      I’m sure that it will be just fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Nicole

    Is it dry? I normally like a little sauce/juice. Otherwise it sounds amazing.

    1. bakedbree

      There isn’t really a sauce, but it us not dry at all.

  16. Jasmine

    Loved this recipe! I I used mozzarella cheese on top and grated Parmesan it tasted devine. Although I did not have Panko bread crumbs I used regular bread crumbs, still came out delish! Even my boyfriend who doesnโ€™t eat sour cream like this ?

    1. bakedbree

      I’m so glad! I make this and variations of it all the time.

  17. Jaime G

    DEELISH! Used the butter crackers, added onion, fresh rosemary & thyme and extra garlic and a little chicken stock to thin the sour cream. Heavenly! Great recipe.

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that you liked it.

      1. Sarah

        This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing another great recipe. I hope you and your family are doing as well as can be expected in a difficult time.

        1. Bree Hester

          Thank you Sarah, I hope you are as well!

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