Sour Cream Chicken Marinade

Sour cream

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
64 Calories
6g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 1201mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You might not think about marinating in sour cream, but the slightly acidic nature of sour cream helps to tenderize meat while the thickness help to hold the seasonings in place. This marinade gets extra power from wine vinegar and lemon juice and is perfect for chicken and even fish. 


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper​

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium plastic or glass bowl. Place chicken or fish in a resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over top, seal bag and place in refrigerator. Marinate chicken for 3 to 4 hours and fish for 30 minutes. 

  3. Grill or bake chicken once chicken (or fish) has marinated. This mixture also works well on slow cooker chicken. Simply add 1/4 cup/60 mL more of the sour cream and use 4 medium chicken breasts. Use as a sauce rather than a marinade. Pour mixture over chicken breasts and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. It will produce and delicious, tender chicken.