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This sour cream and onion chicken recipe is a fun take on the classic flavors! Tender chicken breasts are pan-fried and smothered in an easy, rich, and creamy sauce.

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close-up of sour cream chicken in a skillet

Why you’ll love it

This sour cream chicken is easy to make and quick. Apart from being a creative 30-minute meal to change up the rotation, it’s also fantastic if you or someone you’re cooking for is on a low-carb diet! It’s kind of got Chicken Stroganoff vibes but without the mushrooms.

The sauce is perfectly balanced between being creamy yet with a hint of tang. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a sauce person. This skillet chicken recipe makes plenty of rich onion-y sauce, and it’s amazing over a big ol’ pile of mashed potatoes.

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – we’re cutting chicken breasts lengthwise to make smaller cutlets
  • Garlic powder – it’s a tried and true method of mine to add it right to the cutlets along with salt & pepper for flavor
  • Olive oil and butter – for pan frying
  • Onion and garlic – I use Vidalia (sweet) onions, but your standard yellow or white ones will work just fine
  • Chicken broth – to infuse even more savory flavor into the sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce – it’s my secret ingredient to add irresistible a savory quality to sauces. Don’t skip it!
  • Sour cream – we’re going full-fat because it has much better flavor and is less likely to curdle. I don’t recommend using low fat.
  • Fresh parsley – optional but adds a bright touch

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How to make chicken with sour cream sauce

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing chicken and onions in a skillet

Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make four thinner pieces. Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and some salt & pepper. In a skillet, sear the chicken until cooked through, then transfer it to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet along with the onions.

making sour cream and onion sauce in a skillet for chicken

Cook the onions until they’re lightly browned and soft. Stir in the garlic, followed by the broth and Worcestershire sauce, then add in the sour cream and let it warm through. Add the chicken back to the skillet, spoon some sauce over top, season to taste, and sprinkle with chopped parsley!

Tips for success

  • This recipe isn’t difficult to make, but I do recommend you watch the onions quite carefully so that they don’t scorch. They’re best cooked fairly slowly. You could cook them for even longer at a lower heat if you want to fully caramelize them.
  • If the sauce thickens up too much, just add a splash more broth to thin it to your liking.

What to serve with this recipe

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will be good in the refrigerator in a covered container for 3-4 days.
  • I’d reheat over a low heat in a saucepan, adding a little more sour cream or broth if necessary to revive the sauce.
  • I don’t recommend freezing creamy sauces.
sour cream and onion chicken in a skillet

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4.90 from 29 votes

Sour Cream and Onion Chicken

This sour cream and onion chicken recipe is a fun take on the classic flavors! Tender chicken breasts are pan-fried and smothered in an easy, rich, and creamy sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream full-fat
  • Fresh chopped parsley optional, to taste


  • Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have 4 thinner pieces. Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and some salt & pepper.
  • To a skillet, add the olive oil and one tablespoon of the butter. Let the pan heat up over medium-high heat for a few minutes.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken. Cook it for about 5-6 minutes/side or until it's golden and cooked through (165F). Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and add in the remaining butter and the onion. Sauté the onion until it's softened and lightly browned (about 10-15 minutes). Timing will vary depending on how thick you sliced the onion. You may need to turn the heat down further if it seems like it's burning vs. slowly browning.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce, and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the sour cream until you've got a smooth sauce, and let it heat through for a couple of minutes (ensure it doesn't bubble too much or else it could curdle).
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon some sauce over top. Season with extra salt & pepper if needed, and serve immediately with some chopped parsley sprinkled over top.


  • If the sauce is too thick, add a little more chicken broth.


Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 351mg, Potassium: 584mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 569IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lisa C. says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make and it was a hit with hubby. Added fresh Bella mushrooms to the onions and added italian seasoning to the chicken. Served with potato gnocchi in the sauce. Will definately make again. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Lisa!

  2. Cynthia says:

    5 stars
    I used dairy free sour cream, and it was perfect! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome!! Glad it worked out!

  3. LBB says:

    5 stars
    I rarely follow a recipe but I was pretty good about this one. I used thighs rather than breast cause that’s what I had on hand. It was quick. It was easy. And it was delicious. Reminiscent of Chicken Stroganoff. A definite comfort food. It goes into my permanent recipes!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad it was a hit!! Thanks for your review!

  4. Kevin says:

    4 stars
    This was very good. Served with mashed potatoes. Sage or rosemary would be a good addition to the parsley I think.

    1. Natasha says:

      For sure! Thanks, Kevin!

  5. Shannon says:

    5 stars
    This chicken is SO good! My picky teenagers loved it. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome, Shannon!! 😀 Thank you!

  6. Pam says:

    5 stars
    This was very good a nice combination of flavors. My husband liked it and he’s not a fan of chicken. I will make it again.

    1. Natasha says:

      Glad you liked it! 😀

  7. Cindy R says:

    5 stars
    This was easy and delicious. I served it over cauliflower/potato mash. Comfort food at its best!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! I’m glad to hear that, Cindy!! Thank you!

  8. Terrie says:

    Making this as we speak. It’s coming together very easily. Only modification I’ve made is to deglaze my cast iron skillet with some white wine, and triple the garlic. I’ll be pairing this with smashes potatoes and peas.

    1. Natasha says: