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Russian Chicken

(45 Votes)
Russian Chicken
10 Min
45 Min

By boning these chicken breasts yourself, you're certainly going to save a bundle. And when you make them like this, they taste restaurant fancy.

What You'll Need

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, each split in half
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 stalks) sliced celery
  • 1 cup canned French-fried onions

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels; place in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine sour cream, ketchup, relish, and celery. Pour mixture over chicken and bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until juices run clear, basting occasionally. Remove from oven and top with onions before serving.


For a real homemade treat, try our Onion Strings recipe and use those on top instead of the canned onions.

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We like the Russian dressing, onion soup and preserves one too!!!!!!!! Been doing that foe years.

Crispy fried onions as a topping? Sold!

Dearcat, you just about tore me up with your comment about Shit on a Shingle. How true that the name makes no difference. If it tastes good, then eat it. I have eaten SOS many, many times in many forms, like chipped beef, ground beef, even chicken ala king. This site is a blessing to have and I agree that people should be nice and not argue about anything such as names of recipes, etc. Nor should they criticize others who ask question, thinking they are stupid or not real cooks, because how does anyone learn anything without asking questions? The people on this site work hard to please us and help people to cook faster and easier. Keep up the great work you wonderful kitchen people.-Doris

I just tried this recipe, and the only thing I added to it was Black Pepper Paprika, and my family loved it !!!!! Will definitely do this recipe again.

Pretty good. Not quite used to this type of chicken. But, it was quick and easy to make and tasted good.

Quite good for a change of pace--we have chicken or fish 6 nights a week, so I am always looking for something different!!!!!!!

If u want authentic, go to the internet and ask for authentic chicken may be surprised, as they don't have much taste. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth......

didn't have sweet relish so I used hot dog relish in a jar ....same amount as sweet relish. cooking chicken in a crockpot first and the last hour adding the dressing.

Hubby and I thought this recipe was VERY GOOD, even though the sauce tasted strangely like 1000 Island salad dressing, to which celery was added. (Next time I may try this and the recipe will be EVEN EASIER, and I am all for easy!!!) Did add extra celery and lots of black pepper to this. Served it with organic brown rice and CRISPY ASPARAGUS (also from this site) on the side. A very satisfying meal. Oh, also, it makes a LOT of sauce--I only made 1/4 of the sauce for 2 breast halves that weighed 6 and 6-1/2 oz. each (but I did use 1/3 cup of celery), and it was plenty of sauce. Topped the breasts with sliced scallions for garnish--just do not care for greasy canned onions. Will make this again!!!

My "Russian" chicken is 1 bottle Russian dsg.,1 pkg. dry onion soup mix,1jar apricot preserves. mix & pour over chicken & bake @ 350 40 min. Serve over rice.

That sounds yummy. My gram used to put apricot preserves on her chicken before cooking. mmmm

Same recipe as Hawaiian chicken.

I would think without the onions cooking a little bit, they would be greasy...I can't stand them right out of the can...

Wow I am not sure want to make it, viewers are split. I do like the idea of one viewer of using thousand island dressing and the other of using caramelized onions. I would probably add some srarachi to give it some heat since we like hot, and I might even top it with fresh thin sliced fresh Jalapeno and Scallions when serving. So I will give it a try with these changes. I think I will use and oven safe skillet and season the chicken with spices and brown on both sides first, then add the dressing and place in oven.

I was a bit hesitant when I saw this recipe so I made just enough for one large chicken breast omitting the celery since we seldom have it in the house. My husband and I agreed it's delicious. This tastes as if you spent a great deal of time on it, but is very easy. This would make an impressive supper for any family or friends. Thank you!

It was ok. I didnt have relish so I had to use dill. I did as another commenter did and sauted my own onions since I didnt have canned french fried onions. Honestly I could have used thousand island dressing and it might have been better.

I rated and commented and it is not showing up. ???? I thought it was horrible and my always-hungry husband would not even go back for seconds. I followed the recipe exactly...waste of time and ingredients. Sure glad I didn't use it for guests. I gave it a one star...have no idea what happened with it. it is showing up. Odd.

I thought it was HORRIBLE. My always hungry husband wouldn't even go back for seconds. May be you leave out the relish and the catsup and use a much smaller pan and less sour might be decent, but that would be another recipe.

Made this today. It is wonderful because: very little mess both pre & post, quick to put together, not your ordinary dish as it has a different but very good taste and my husband loved it. I did not have & don't use canned fried onions, however; I just browned some sweet onions and sprinkled them on top. I had no leftovers.

Just "there". Flat tasting. Needs some zip ketchup doesn't have. Nothing in the ingredients makes this "Russian".

Have not made this, but my dearest friend makes something like it, only instead of ketchup, she uses Catalina Dressing, and it WONDERFUL. Grams Nixon

This is one that really needs help to make it more than average. However one thing that bothers the hell out of me is people giving 5 stars just because they are going to try it next time they have company. This is supposed to be a review of dishes that have been tried, not read. Give an honest opinion of something you fixed and ate.

Can't say I loved it. Can't say I hated it.

I'm going to make this when my son visits next week. It sounds wonderful, quick and easy. Thanks!

Made it last night ,was juicy and tasty.Next time might add a pepper and something hot to give it a slight tang.But as I said,fine as is

sounds simple and great.

Who cares! You can put anything you want on chicken (or any other meat) and call it whatever you want. If it good people will eat it. If not, they will not. What is in a name. One of my favorite foods is Shit on a Shingle. Sounds terrible, yes? Well, it is only creamed chipped beef or hamburg on toast. The expression comes from the soldiers in WWII. That is what they called it. So you see - what matters the name if you like it.

Where do I find the recipe for your Onion Strings? I definitely will try this! Yummy

You can buy fried onions in a can at the grocery store.

I found the recipe at: I'm gonna try these too!

So whar would be authentic Russian recipes/seasonings/ingredients? I'm not at all familiar with Russian cuisine.

I am very familiar with authentic Russian food and this doesnt sound like anything that my Mother In-Law would make. She taught me several different chicken recipes and none of them, or any other Russian dish used sweet relish .... Most authentic Russian food is very simple to make and use only a few ingredients do to the poverty that was so wide spread. I believe that sweet relish would have been considered an extravagance. However, I am not an authority on Russian cuisine. My Grand parent in-laws came over in 1904 and may not have ever seen, tasted or used any kind of sweet relishes this may be something new and all my recipes are very old ...

The name most likely comes from the ingredients that are like Russian Salad Dressing. Has nothing to do with Actual "Russian" cooking.

sour cream

What ever happened to just enjoying the recipes and leaving personal opinions at the door? Art would just want everyone to enjoy this site and have a good time with these recipes! Personally, I think this site rocks!! Keep up the great work, guys!!!

I also love this site ..... its a very happy place .. :)

You're so right, mdadinnj1! This is THE BEST website for good food. You don't need to be an expert cook to enjoy!

If you get hung up on a name, you will miss out on a lot of good food.

Who cares about what the name is? Some of you must have too much time on your hands! The recipe is good and also easy to prepare. That's absolutely all I care about!!

SWMO Lady....You are so right. I don't know why these people even come to this site. All they do is whine and complain. This site is for people that want to find interesting recipes they want to try, not for the drama of making ignorant comments!

Here is a shortcut: Marinate a package of chicken thighs over night in a bottle of Wishbone RED Russian Dressing (not the regular Russian dressing, Red Russian is an oil based dressing) Bake covered in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, uncover, turn pieces over and bake another 45 minutes uncovered until the skin has crisped. Goes very well with white rice and green peas.

sounds delicious .... thanks :)

I just wanted to write the same - the only Russian ingredients in this recipe are chicken and sour cream. This recipe is as American as it gets. Whoever thought of calling it Russian?

Perhaps "Russian" refers to the combination of sour cream, ketchup and relish, as equal to "Russian dressing"?

I agree that this may not be an authentic Russian dish but no need in being rude ... I cook several different chicken dishes that originated from my Grand Parent in-laws and none of them used sweet relish or ketchup but I dont think the idea here is to get authentic recipes, just interesting and tasty .... :)

What possible differance could it make? It dosen't effect the recipe!!

Sweet pickle relish is as unpalatable to a Russian, as eating fido is to an American. Kosher style pickles yes, sweet relish, gross for Russian. The name Russian Chicken is so wrong.

THEre is a very popular dish in true Russian cooking baked chicken in sour cream if you do not want the sweet relish simply leave it out the true Russian dish calls for bay leaves and butter you can add that.,Russians today use lots of ketchup in their cooking THis a dish if old and new There is also a very popilar American dish called Russian chicken that uses Russian dressing and onion soup mix but it is NOT Russian at all

Yet I have a Russian friend who eats sweet pickle relish on his hotdogs....wait until I tell him he can't because it is "gross". I think it is all about your palate. If you don't like the taste of something it is all about you, not your heritage....oh and I have a Jewish co-worker who sneaks his regular hotdogs and ham at all our pot lucks at work...."don't tell my wife". Like everyone it what you want. If you like it, eat it. IF you don't leave it alone. There are a lot of bad things going on out in the real world. Let's be an example and teach our kids to get along and not bully...cyber or real life.


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