Happy Saturday! It’s overcast and rainy in this corner of the world today, and, although I do love sunny days, there’s something about days like today that make me feel relaxed. I don’t know about you, but this week was a doozy for me and a relaxing, lazy Saturday feels SO good. So, in the spirit of lazy days, I have a super simple (aka lazy) recipe for sour cream marinated chicken for you. Marinades for meat are so great because, most of the time, you can prepare everything for the marinade in advance and let the meat sit in it until you’re ready to eat. Perfect for relaxing, lazy cooking because there’s really very little actual cooking involved.
I came up with this recipe the same way I come up with many of my recipes, because I had stuff to use up in my fridge. I happened to have sour cream, lemon, cilantro, garlic, and ginger in my fridge. Sour cream might not be an obvious ingredient for a marinade but it really tenderizes the chicken and gives it a nice, tangy flavor. You could also use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream if you preferred. Add some spices, like cumin and coriander, to the mix and the chicken comes out tangy, smoky and tender. Delicious. I served it alongside a simple Greek salad and some couscous.
Sour cream marinated chicken
8 oz. sour cream
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic, grated
2 teaspoons of ginger, grated
1 teaspoon of coriander
1 teaspoon of cumin
2 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped, plus extra for serving
salt and pepper
4 chicken breasts, halved
1. Mix together sour cream, lemon, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, cilantro, and sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
2. Lay the chicken breast halves in a shallow dish and pour the sour cream mixture over the chicken. Using tongs, toss the chicken with the marinade. Make sure each piece of chicken is coated with the marinade. Cover the dish and let the chicken marinate overnight.
3. Heat an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over medium high heat and brush the grill with olive oil. Lay the chicken on the grill and don’t move it around! You want the chicken to get nice grill marks. Let the chicken cook 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove to a place, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Uncover the chicken and sprinkle with extra cilantro.