Pollo A La Crema Recipe – Mexican Delight

This Mexican inspired recipe for Pollo a la Crema features chicken breasts in a cream sauce with mushrooms and sauteed green peppers.  It is rich and creamy with a spicy sauce.Making pollo a la crema at home

When my husband and I eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, pollo a la crema is always a popular choice. Would you like to have it more often than an eating out experience?

This dish is very easy to make at home. Serve the recipe with warm tortillas and a side of re-fried beans and Mexican rice and you will have one of your favorite Mexican restaurant meals any time you wish, at home!

Making Pollo A La Crema

Pollo a la crema is flavored by the use of onions, and sweet peppers.  You can use green peppers or colorful peppers. Both taste great. If you have a fondness for more spice, you can also add in some jalapeño peppers, as well.sliced onions and peppers

Start by cooking your chicken pieces in hot oil.  Set aside and keep warm.cooked chicken pieces

Add the onions and peppers and cook them gently.Cooking onions and peppers

Stir in the mushrooms and cook gently.  Return the chicken to the pan.  Combine the cream and paprika and cook until the sauce is hot and bubbly.

I like to serve this dish hot with refried beans and Spanish rice. Add some tortillas, too, if you want a more hearty meal.

Tasting pollo a la crema

This recipe for pollo a la crema is creamy and decadent with the warm smokey taste of paprika. I love the way the peppers and onions compliment the sauce.

And for those of you who added the spicy jalapeño peppers, there is also a nice kick of heat!
Pollo a la crema

For another tasty Mexican meal be sure to check out this Chori Pollo recipe.

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for Pollo a la crema? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest.This recipe for pollo a la crema is your at-home version of the popular Mexican favorite.

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Pollo A La Crema

Pollo a la crema recipe

This delicious recipe for pollo a la crema will rival that from your local favorite Mexican restaurant.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced fairly thick
  • 1/2 cups of green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tablespoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 tablespoons chicken bouillon crystals (can also use a stock cube)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (Mexican cream is best)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • optional: jalapeno pepper if you like it more spicy


  1. Heat oil in large frying pan. Saute chicken strips, peppers and onion until chicken is no longer pink & onions are translucent and peppers are softened. About 5 or 6 minutes.
  2. If you want more spice, add in a chopped jalapeno pepper now.
  3. Add the cream, mushrooms, paprika & chicken bouillon.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is tender.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. The mixture will be somewhat thin, but it should have a creamy texture like the consistency of a white sauce.
  6. Serve hot with warmed flour tortillas, re fried beans and Spanish Rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

half the recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535.2Total Fat: 41.2gSaturated Fat: 21.1gUnsaturated Fat: 18.1gCholesterol: 163.2mgSodium: 86.3mgCarbohydrates: 11.8gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 7.0gProtein: 29.2g


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  15 comments for “Pollo A La Crema Recipe – Mexican Delight

  1. Nancy
    08/13/2017 at 4:12 pm

    You added chicken bouillon and sour cream in the ingredient list, but you didn’t bother to add in the instructions when to use them. I am assuming that you are supposed to use the sour cream with the heavy cream and paprika. I guess I ill find out if I was correct when I eat it.

  2. Nancy
    08/13/2017 at 4:20 pm

    Oops I was reading the instructions below the picture and it didn’t give the instructions. I read the direction below the recipe and saw it. Sorry about that.

    • Carol
      08/13/2017 at 8:17 pm

      No problem Nancy. I was going to go in tonight and have a look. Glad the recipe is showing correctly. Thanks for letting me know, though! Carol

  3. Linda Tatro
    02/22/2018 at 12:14 pm

    For anyone hoping to find a taste of The Gardens of Taxco of West Hollywood, THIS IS IT.

    When you serve it, be sure to tell your diners that it was borrrrrrrrn in the sauce. Not hot!–spiiiiiiiiiiiiicy. ^_^ (Man, I miss that place so much!)

    Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe, Carol!

    • Carol
      02/22/2018 at 3:41 pm

      My pleasure Linda. So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Carol

    • Lety
      12/06/2018 at 10:04 pm

      Love that place too! They are still around, just take out only.

    • Kelly
      05/11/2019 at 1:26 pm

      Linda, our favorite restaurant on this planet!!! No longer live in CA but speak to ‘Gardens’ so often! “Not traditional Mexican, but food you would get in a home in Mexico City” . . . Sigh.

  4. 07/30/2018 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I tweaked it alittle becaus emy husband and I like it spicy so I added one pablano, jalapeno and serano pepper along with fresh herbs. Yummy!

    • Carol
      07/30/2018 at 11:25 am

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Kari. Your tweaks sound great! Caro

  5. Janine
    02/18/2019 at 4:06 pm

    Do you think this can be made a few days in advance and reheated? My daughter wants this at her Quinceanera

    • Carol
      02/18/2019 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Janine. Most dishes can be reheated but my experience is that sauces can sometimes break when they have been refrigerated and then reheated. I would do it for personal use at home but don’t think I would recommend doing this for a special occasion. Carol

  6. 02/20/2019 at 11:02 pm

    Great recipe! I added a little ground chipotle pepper for some kick. I had to add salt, also, for my family’s taste (I use Better than Bouillon and I think it’s not as salty as regular bouillon cubes). Thank you for sharing!

    • Carol
      02/21/2019 at 2:55 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Karen!

  7. Matthew
    03/11/2019 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I double down on the sour cream and Paprika. Instead of olive oil I use lard. I also fry my jalapenos in the lard with the chicken (all this after trial and error to find what my taste likes most). The extra sour cream makes it richer and thicker. Lard adds flavor too, or perhaps its the olive taste I’m taking out, I like it better in any case. I also add some garlic powder near the end about three min before the sour cream.

  8. Kristina
    07/07/2020 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for your recipe 🙂
    I made it tonight for dinner with a side of Spanish rice and tortillas. Delish!

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