Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce

Posted on August 12, 2013. Filed under: Chicken, Main courses | Tags: , , , |

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce | Low-Carb, So Simple!

It’s great to notice that the best dishes are usually the simplest. That is also the case with this simple but superb dish: easy to make, only 5 healthful ingredients and your taste buds hurtle to heaven! (Figuratively speaking…)

 

 

 

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce

2 tablespoons = 1 oz = 30 g organic butter
4 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves (approximately 6 oz = 170 g each)
1 whole organic green onion (= spring onion)
8 oz = 230 g full-fat sour cream (organic, if you can find)
1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) unrefined sea salt

 

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop the butter on the skillet.
  2. When the butter is melted and got a little bit of color, add the chicken breast halves.
  3. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for some 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is simmering, chop the green onion. Use both the green and the white part.
  5. Turn over the chicken breast halves, cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes or until the juices run clear. The total cooking time depends on the thickness of the meat.
  6. Add the chopped green onion. Stir, and let the onion cook for 1–2 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat. Add the salt and the sour cream. Mix well.
  8. Cover and let stand on the stove top for 5 minutes. Mix well before serving.

 

 

Nutrition information Protein Fat Net carbs kcal
In total: 153.6 g 103.9 g 13.0 g 1602 kcal
Per serving if 4 servings: 38.4 g 26.0 g 3.3 g 400 kcal

 

 

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

Tips for making the dish

The best result you get if you use low enough heat. The chicken might turn out dry if the heat is too high. Don’t overcook the chicken, that makes the meat tough.

The green onion (= spring onion) also enjoys the gentle warmth of medium-low or even low heat. The onion shouldn’t basically get any color, it should retain its fresh, bright green and white colors. That’s why it’s added quite in the end. If the onion gets color it easily tastes ugly and burned. Cooking the onion too long cooks away the fresh taste, which is the key here. Other than that, this is very easy dish to make. Just follow the directions and you definitely won’t suck seed but succeed (ouch, that was a bad joke…).

Oh, still one note about the thickness of the sauce. So, the thickness depends on how much fluid is left on the skillet from the chicken after cooking it until the state where juices run clear. If you prefer thick sauce, simply reduce the amount of fluid by cooking the chicken uncovered for the last minutes before adding the green onion. In the first photo of this blog post I have quite thin sauce whereas in the rest of the pics I have made the sauce thick.

So, here we go.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Take a good pat (2 tablespoons = 1 oz = 30 g) of butter and drop it on the skillet.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Heating the Butter | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

When the butter is melted and got some color (don’t let it get brown, though), add the chicken breast halves.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Chicken Added | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Turn the heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for some 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast halves.

While the chicken is simmering, chop the green onion.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Green Onion Partly Chopped | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Use both the green and the white part.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Green Onion Chopped | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Turn over the chicken breast halves, cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes or until the juices run clear. The total cooking time highly depends on the thickness of the chicken breast halves. Very thin pieces don’t actually need that many minutes.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Turning the Chicken | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

When the juices run clear, add the chopped green onion.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Green Onion Added | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Stir, and let the onion cook for 1–2 minutes.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Simmering | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Turn off the heat. Add the salt and the sour cream.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Adding the Sour Cream | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Mix well.

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce; Mixing | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

Cover and let stand on the stove top for 5 minutes. Mix well before serving. Bon appétit!

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

My experiments with this dish

Actually, I didn’t need to go too much to trouble with this dish, everything just fell to their places relatively easily. The order of adding the ingredients and the cooking times needed the most attention and some experiments before I was satisfied. Well, this hearty dish sure made me satisfied every time I ate it, whether my experiments were successful or not. But getting the best taste without any compromise was my aim.

My idea for this dish started simply from the contents of my fridge. I had chicken breast halves and green onions, both of which I had to use somehow. Anyway, chicken and green onion sounded like a great combination.

As I love rich flavors, I wanted to make my chicken dish creamy. Heavy cream would have been too lame, so I chose sour cream to give a slight sour note and a bit of the needed gentle tang. First I made the mistake that I let the sour cream cook too long. It curdled. Moreover, I used too little sour cream. Later I learnt that 8 oz (230 g) was just right to get enough sauce but not that the chicken would have been swimming in it.

In the beginning I used thin chicken breast halves. First I sautéed some green onion in butter, then added the chicken and cooked until tender. Because the cooking time was so short, the green onion retained its fresh taste quite nicely.

When taking the first photos for this blog post I used thick breast halves, which I hadn’t used before for this dish. Again, I cooked the onion in butter and added the chicken breast halves. This time however, the chicken took long to cook before it was done. In the end, after adding the sour cream, I noticed that the flavor of the green onion had disappeared almost entirely, so had the color.

I was wondering what to do and how to get the flavor of the green onion more prominent and first of all fresh. Suddenly it came to me, that maybe frying the chicken in the butter first and adding the onion after the chicken is done would do the trick.

That worked perfectly! I got the fresh, savory green onion taste I had hoped for. The color was also beautifully bright, nothing wilted there. Well, I had to take new photos, but that wasn’t too bad job, I love photographing anyway. And we got more tasty chicken to eat. Win-win.

 

 

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

Tips for variation

In my opinion this dish is perfect as it is. However, if you are a garlic lover you can add some crushed garlic together with the green onion if you like. Personally, I like the flavor of green onion in this dish and I don’t want anything else to steal the show.

If you prefer more sauce, you can simply use 12 oz (340 g) sour cream. You can also add another chopped green onion.

Garnish the ready dish with some fresh, chopped green onion. Alternatively, good old parsley goes also well. Let’s keep things basic!

 

Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce | Low-Carb, So Simple!

 

 

 

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I was really excited to make this because we eat chicken for dinner about 80% of the time, and I am completely running out of ideas ! I was also really nervous because my boyfriend is extremely picky ! – as in he likes the flavor of onions, but not the onions themselves -. With that being said, I went super light with EVERYTHING. The taste was AMAZING, except it was super subtle. I found myself having to get up and add sauce several times. I look forward to trying it again with the recommended amount of ingredients. Thanks so much for the new recipe !!

Hi Allie, thank you for your comment! Great that you and your boyfriend liked the chicken! You can easily give some variation to the dish by seasoning it with the spices of your preference.

Hi!! This was an excellent recipe i added some red peppers strips and its was excellent as well..sorry for my english! Best regards from Paraguay

Hi Victor and thanks for your comment! Great that you liked the recipe. Well, I’m not a native English speaker either, I appreciate it when you took time to comment here.

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Would this recipe work with chives rather than green onions? I have a big patch of chives that I need to find uses for!

Hi Linda, yes, I would expect this works well with chives too. The key is just not to cook them too much, so that the flavor stays fresh and powerful. Hope you like it!

This recipe is perfection! Followed the recipe exactly… I love pepper and it doesn’t need it! Thank you!

Hi Lisa and thank you for your comment, I’m so glad to hear that you liked the recipe!

I am going to be making this tonight! I will be linking back to this, just wanted you to watch for it. Looks delicious! Cant wait!

Thank you, JD! I hope you like it!

I tried this tonight after getting home late from work and wanting something easy and just loved it. Highly recommended.

Thanks, David, for trying it out! Great to hear that you liked it!

Hi,

When i tried to cook this, my sauce didnt go a golden brown colour like in the photos. mine just stayed white of the sour cream

Hi Brendon, it’s about butter. The butter should get first golden brown, then the sauce will be golden brown. Hope this helps!

so i should of cooked the butter on a higher temperature.

Yes, exactly, or then just a little bit longer.

Hello. This recipe looks great but my family does not care for sour cream. Is there an alternative that I can use?

Hi Lisa, you can also use regular heavy cream, however it doesn’t give that diverse flavor than what sour cream does. Moreover, you have to cook the heavy cream together with the chicken to reduce it in order to get thick sauce. Add the spring onion to the ready, thick sauce and let cook maximum 2 minutes. Hope this helps!

I am from Australia so everything is listed in KJ. I have no idea what a Kcal is?

I have tried looking online but i can’t find anything.

Any help on what this would be in Kj or Cal? thank you

Hi Anne! kcal is the official abbreviation for kilocalories, Cal is equal to kcal, so both are used.

You can simply feed the calorie amount to Google, press enter and you get immediately the value in joules. For example if you type: 400 kcal and press enter, Google gives you 1 673 600 joules which you can easily convert to kJ (= 1 673,6 kJ).

Alternatively, if you would like Google to give the value immediately in kJ, you can feed: 400 kcal in kJ. Hope this helps!

Thank you for your response, I ended up figuring it out and feel a bit silly now! Thanks for the great recipe and responding so quickly :)

You’re welcome :) No reason to feel silly!

Do you have any recommendations on a low carb side to go with this meal?

Hi Charles, anything with cauliflower goes great. Just simple mashed cauliflower is nice (cooked cauliflower + cream + salt + white pepper). I often make these for my family: http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/duchess-cauliflowers/.

Hi. Can I use pork instead of chicken?

Hi Jenny, haven’t tried it out, but I think pork will also work.

I made this for dinner last night! I was amazing!! I did season the chicken with salt, pepper and thyme and I also added fresh mushrooms. I have picky eaters and they loved it! Thank you for the recipe.

Hi Jessica! So great to hear that you and also the picky eaters liked the recipe! Thank you for trying it out!

Great simple recipe! Thanks for posting this. I definitely had too much sour cream for the amount of chicken I had but was able to save the meal. Will definitely make again.

Hi Katie! Thanks for trying my recipe! I’m sorry it didn’t turn out perfect, but I’m relieved that you managed to save the meal.

this is the absolutely best, easiest, and yummiest chicken recipe! kids and adults nummied it up!

Peggy, thanks for your comment! It’s fantastic to hear that you all liked the recipe so much!

I made this for lunch today. My son (who is definitely not low-carb; he eats like a typical teenage boy) loved it and so did I! So easy with ingredients I almost always have on hand. Served it with cauliflower “rice”. Yum!

Hi Deborah! Thanks for your comment, so great that you and your son liked the chicken!

This looks amazing! Where I live we don’t have sour cream. Should I make some or is there a good substitute for it? Thank you!

Hi Luisa! I recommend sour cream, you can easily make it from milk, heavy cream and vinegar or buttermilk. For example these are good instructions: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-sour-cream/ and http://www.bcliving.ca/home/make-homemade-sour-cream.

Please remember that if you make sour cream yourself, this chicken dish tastes better if there is enough fat in the sour cream. Hope you find a good solution!

Thank you so much! I’ll do that then.

This looks very good! I’ve done a similar sauce but with a little bacon added atop ground beef and pork patties and loved it. Sometimes I think the simple green onion is much underused in great cooking. I’ll TRY this. :)

Thank you! I was really surprised how good this dish tastes when seasoned with just green onion. Hope you like it if you try out! Btw, you have fantastic recipes in your blog, I’m a regular visitor!

Thank you, Elvira. And back at ya. I visit here often. :)

You’re welcome! Great to hear that you visit hear often. You’re always welcome to visit my blog!

This looks fantastic! I have been craving chicken recently and this looks like the perfect and easy recipe to satisfy that craving!

Dominic

Thanks, Dominic! Hope my recipe satisfies your craving!

This sounds delicious! And so simple, indeed! I’ll have to try this out.

Thanks, Peggy! We found it surprisingly good considering how simple it is. Hope you like it as well!

Your browned chicken is perfection! *faints*

:) Thanks, Megan!


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