Sour Cream Chicken with Salsa Verde is packed with rich flavor. Bathed in a sauce of sour cream and salsa, the chicken gets extra flavor from Mexican spices and cilantro. Delicious over Baked Rice, it’s a super easy 30-minute meal!
With just five ingredients, this dish is the ultimate Company Dinner Idea that won’t break the bank. Serve it with Homemade Pico de Gallo and Air Fryer Tortilla Chips for a fun southwest-inspired supper.
When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I make this dish. Even my picky eater gobbles it down and asks for more. It’s so simple, it’s actually kinda scary.
Saute chicken with your favorite taco seasoning. In a bowl, stir together sour cream and salsa verde. Pour that over the chicken and simmer until everything is all tasty and delicious. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over rice. Mischief managed.
This Sour Cream Chicken with Salsa Verde is so simple and yet so delicious. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Serve it atop rice or in burrito bowls like here.
Why Make This
It’s quick. This dish takes less than 30-minutes to make, even less if you use chicken tenders that you don’t have to chop.
It is easy. With just five ingredients plus cooked rice, this is a simple dish that can easily make the weekly rotation.
It’s amazingly delicious. The secret is in the sauce of this Sour Cream Chicken. You’ll notice it’s the same sauce I use on Poblano Chile Enchiladas and it is just fab!
Here’s what you’ll need for this Sour Cream Chicken with Salsa Verde:
boneless, skinless chicken – You can use chicken breast halves or chicken tenders. Leave the tenders whole if you like or chop the chicken in to bite-sized chunks. You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if that is what you prefer.
taco seasoning mix – I make my own taco seasoning mix, but you can use a commercial blend if you prefer.
sour cream – Sour cream tends to be cheaper per ounce when you buy a large tub of it. If you do so, be sure to make a plan for the leftovers, like in Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip or Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole. If you’re in a pinch, you can use Greek yogurt instead.
salsa verde – Not all salsas verdes taste the same. I recommend Herdez or Trader Joe’s Hatch Valley Salsa for best flavor. You won’t use the full jar, so plan to use the leftover in Salsa Verde Beef or as a dipping sauce for Baked Chicken Flautas.
fresh cilantro – Cilantro is excellent for topping this dish but you won’t need a whole bunch. If you grow your own, you can clip just what you need. Otherwise, follow these tips to keep cilantro fresh.
cooked rice for serving – Serve this dish over cooked rice. You can bake the rice or cook rice in your instant pot.
Here’s how to make this easy Sour Cream Chicken with Salsa Verde:
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and season it with the taco seasoning mix. Cook, turning, until cooked through, about 7 minutes.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream and salsa. Pour the sauce over the chicken and simmer until heated through.
3. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve over hot cooked rice.
FAQs & Recipe Costs
You can use a different type of salsa if you like, but keep in mind the color will change depending on what you use.
Plain Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream when cooking chicken, either as a sauce or a marinade.
Sour cream chicken is delicious served on cooked rice, mashed potatoes, or buttered noodles.
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- oil – $0.10
- chicken breast – $2.84
- taco seasoning mix – $0.08
- sour cream – $1.00
- salsa verde – $1.00
- fresh cilantro – $0.15
- cooked rice for serving – $0.35
While your costs may vary depending on where and how you shop, you can expect to pay about $5.52 for a batch of Sour Cream Chicken, about $1.38/serving.
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Sour Cream Chicken with Salsa Verde
- In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and season it with the taco seasoning mix. Cook, turning, until cooked through, about 7 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream and salsa. Pour the sauce over the chicken and simmer until heated through.
- Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve over hot cooked rice.
This post was originally published on August 16, 2015. It has been updated for content and clarity.