When oil is hot, add onions with salt and sauté until a glassy / translucent look for about 3-5 minutes while stirring frequently.
Add garlic and optional black pepper and saute until the garlic gets fragrant. The garlic can now be removed if desired.
Mix in the meat and sauté until at least one side of the meat gets some golden brown color.
Pour water into the pan until its content is half submerged in case of cuts with bones like drumsticks, tights, wings or the carcass. Chicken breast or other boned parts only need about a quarter cup of water or even less depending of the meat’s water content.
Put the lid on, bring the water to boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes in case of whole parts and 10 minutes for breast.
Mix in the sour cream.
Take the lid off then increase the heat to medium and cook away about half of the added water to get a somewhat thick onion enriched sauce. This takes about 20 minutes more for boned parts and approximately 10 for boneless meats.
Take it off heat and let the flavors come together for about another 10 more minutes.
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