Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easy Baked Sour Cream Chicken (A kid friendly recipe, first made with Sophia)

Baked Sour Cream Chicken
If you're not against using canned soup, this Baked Sour Cream Chicken is easy, kid-friendly, and delicious.

(Updated March 2013 with better photos and step-by-step instructions.)   Right now I'm completely overwhelmed by the mess of moving to the new house, and feeling thankful that I have The World's Greatest Family, who are generously helping me pull off this enormous move.  (Thanks everyone, and I love you all!)  Needless to say, thinking up new recipe ideas is on the back burner for the next couple of weeks.  Luckily I planned ahead over the last month and took updated photos of some past recipes to share while I'm busy moving.  This Baked Sour Cream Chicken is one of those recipes from the very first days of the blog, and although I rarely cook with canned soup now, the recipe does have some fans and it's quite delicious for a quick dinner.  (I've included the link for a make your own chicken soup replacement if you prefer not to use the canned soup, although the replacement recipe has flour and butter, so it may not be very diet-friendly.)

I first made Baked Sour Cream Chicken for the blog when my friend Susan came with her daughter Sophia for a "cooking lesson," and here's how Sophia looked at the age of four!

She's now a lovely young woman, and still plays the violin beautifully.  And I bet she'd still like this Baked Sour Cream Chicken, although now she has much more sophisticated tastes.  Sophia is now so grown-up she could almost make this by herself, maybe with mom cutting up the chicken.

Trim the chicken breasts and cut them into thirds lengthwise.

Lay the chicken into a casserole dish that you've sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Combine the cream of chicken soup, light sour cream, light mayo, onion powder, poultry seasoning, lemon juice, and 1 cup of grated low fat cheese to make the sauce.

Spread the sauce mixture over the chicken breasts.

Cover the pan with foil (or a tight-fitting lid) and bake 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, use a fork to separate the chicken breasts so the sauce mixture will run down.  Cover with foil again and bake 20 minutes more.

The remove the foil and sprinkle over the other 1/2 cup of grated cheese.  Bake 15-20 minutes more, until the cheese is melted.  (If you get impatient you can put it under the broiler like we did, but watch it carefully!  My broiler is so powerful that it's easy to get it too dark.)

And just for laughs, here's the original photo of this dish when I cooked it with Sophia.  Her mom Susan and my friend Robin joined us back in 2005 for this dinner of chicken, asparagus, and rice.

Baked Sour Cream Chicken
(Makes about 8 servings; recipe adapted years and years ago from a neighborhood cookbook that I no longer have and didn't write down the name. )

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into thirds lengthwise
salt - pepper to taste (to season chicken)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (use low-fat cheese for South Beach Diet)

Sauce Ingredients:
1 can cream of chicken soup (Campbells, not low fat or low sodium, or make your own chicken soup replacement)
1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light mayo (not fat free)
1 T onion powder
1 T poultry seasoning
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheddar cheese (use low-fat cheese for South Beach Diet)

Preheat oven to 350F/175C.  Trim all visible fat and unwanted parts from chicken breasts, then cut each piece in thirds diagonally.

Spray 9 x 12 inch glass or crockery casserole dish with nonstick spray and arrange chicken pieces in a single layer. Season chicken with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Combine the cream of chicken soup, light sour cream, light mayo, onion powder, poultry seasoning, lemon juice, and 1 cup of grated low fat cheese to make the sauce.  Spread sauce mixture over the chicken, cover the pan with foil or a tight-fitting lid, and  bake 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes, use a fork to separate the chicken pieces so the sauce runs down between the, cover again, and bake for about 20 minutes more.

Then remove the foil, top with 1/2 cup reserved cheese and bake 15-20 minutes more, until cheese is melted and top is slightly browned. (You can use the broiler if you want to speed it up a little, but watch it carefully!)

We ate this with brown rice and asparagus, which was a good combination for the rich chicken and sauce.

South Beach Suggestions:
I rarely cook with canned soup any more, but I confess that when I was first starting out on the South Beach Diet I did eat this type of dish occasionally, and it didn't seem to impact my weight loss too much.  The soup has about 22 carbs in a can (so divided into 8 servings it's not too bad) but even with low-fat ingredients this recipe is still fairly high in saturated fat, so I'd advise considering this a "once-in-a-while treat" or limiting it to Phase 2 or 3 if you're actively trying to lose weight.  If you're using my suggestion for make your own chicken soup replacement, that will make the recipe a lot less diet-friendly.  Definitely I'd eat this with a green salad and something simple like Roasted Broccoli with Garlic or Roasted Asparagus with Garlic to balance out the meal.

Nutritional Information? I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Kid-Friendly Ideas with Chicken:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Crunchy Coconut Chicken ~ Budget Gourmet Mom
Chicken Nuggets with Almond Meal ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Coconut-Oat Chicken Nuggets ~ Family Fresh Cooking
Low Sugar (or sugar-free) Teriyaki Chicken ~ Kalyn's Kitchen  
Sticky and Sweet Chicken Wings ~ Cookin' Canuck
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. Kalyn, I love cooking with kids and really miss the opportunity now that my girls are grown.

    Occasionally I invite my niece over and we make some cookies or muffins. It's so exciting to see their expressions as they break the eggs - oops was that supposed to be IN the bowl? and the pride they show when offering the finished products to be tasted.

    Thanks for sharing and reminding me of some really special times.

  2. Sophie is one wise-looking girl. And as an ex-violin player, I'm really impressed with the fact at only four she's volunteering her fiddle skills. Teaching kids is great--and with that interest already there, it must be a lot of fun. Sour cream chicken sounds so good!

  3. That looks so good! For some reason, I'm very much in the mood for recipes like this. I stocked up on 'cream of' soups before Thanksgiving. I bet my son would love this.

  4. Kalyn your recipes are good

  5. Kalyn love your recipes they are yummy

  6. Kalyn- is there a way to adapt this to a serves 4? or even serves two? its just my husband and I and I often end up wasting things if I make meals that serve 8.

  7. You could just cut the ingredients in half four four servings and freeze the extra half can of soup until you want to use it.

  8. Looks really good, K! Can't wait to see your new house.

  9. Thanks D! I am really excited about the house.

  10. Congrats on the move Kalyn! I am excited to see your new garden (assuming you will have one?)!

  11. I don't have a problem with soup - it looks very yummy to me! Sophia looks like a sweetie too! Good luck with the move!

  12. This looks a yummy dish thank you

  13. Alyssa, there will be a garden but maybe not too big this year due to other projects!

    TW, thanks; luckily I love the new house which helps with the pain of moving.

    Thanks Tracy.

  14. It's fun to see how our tastes change over the years. I used to eat dishes like this much more often than I do now, but it's still a comfort food treat to enjoy once in a while. And hurray for your fabulous family and all the help you're getting during this move!

  15. Lydia, I really an so lucky to have such a great family!

  16. I like the old picture. :-) Also, I'd like you to know that I really appreciate your blog that has a printable version of a recipe. I'm not sure how much more work this is for you but if a blog does not have a printable version of a recipe I do not use it. So, thank you!!

  17. Becca, glad you like the printer-friendly versions. It's a little more work, but not much now that I have it set up. And I use the printer-friendly versions myself all the time, so I know what you mean.

  18. Once a month cooking dot com has a great chart for making "cream of something" soups that I've used successfully.

  19. Can you use anything in the place of the mayo? (Allergic to eggs)

  20. Veronica, I haven't tried it but I think using all sour cream should work, it will just be slightly less creamy.


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