Easy Marry Me Chicken (30-Minute Recipe!) (2024)

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This marry me chicken is the perfect chicken dinner that is herby, creamy, tender, juicy, and goes perfectly with pasta or rice! This chicken dish is so delish that if you make it for your partner, you may get a marriage proposal!

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This easy chicken dish takes 30 minutes to prep and cook! It is unbelievably easy to make and so delicious!

This chicken is made with a creamy sauce that is made with sun-dried tomatoes, heavy cream, fresh and dry herbs, and parmesan cheese. This combination is so good that it might give you a marriage proposal!

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  • What is marry me chicken?
  • Why this recipe works
  • Ingredients
  • Instructions
  • Expert Tips
  • Faq's
  • Storing
  • Reheating
  • Freezing
  • Substitutions
  • Variations
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What is marry me chicken?

Marry me chicken is a famous chicken dish that is made with a creamy sauce made with garlic, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, dry herbs, and parmesan cheese. Every bite is loaded with juicy chicken that is coated with this delicious sauce.

This recipe got it's a funny and cute name, because if you serve this dish to your partner, they will instantly fall in love with you and your cooking, and you may get a proposal!

Why this recipe works

  • This whole recipe comes together in 30 minutes from start to finish!
  • This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and will get you rave reviews!
  • This dish is inexpensive to make and uses simple ingredients!
  • You can serve this chicken over a bed of pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice for a balanced meal.
  • This whole recipe comes together in just one pan! Which is awesome and takes minimal equipment.
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Ingredients

Before you start to make this recipe, measure and prepare your ingredients so the cooking process will go smoothly and easily.

Full measurements are in the recipe card below.

Chicken-use either chicken thighs or chicken breast for this recipe. we used chicken breast for this recipe, feel free to use whatever chicken part that you like most. We used boneless chicken breasts.

Olive oil- use extra virginolive oilfor the best flavor. If you don't want to useolive oil, you can use avocado oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil!

Kosher salt– we used kosher salt in this recipe. You can use sea salt orflakey saltas well.

Black pepper-for flavor. Adjust the black pepper to your personal liking.

Garlic- freshly minced garlic will give you the best flavor for any dish. I highly recommend not using frozen minced garlic.

Heavy cream- the thickness of this sauce comes from the heavy cream and parmesan cheese, so it is important that you don't substitute the heavy cream with low-fat cream or milk.

Dried herbs- you will need dried oregano, dried thyme, and chili flakes for this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite brands of dried herbs. You can also use an Italian herb mix instead.

Chicken broth- use either homemade or store-bought chicken broth for this. You can swap it with vegetable broth as well.

Sun dried tomatoes- I always like using oil-packed sun dried tomatoes. They have the best flavors. Also, I like the ones that have Italian herbs, it gives this dish a lot of flavors.

Parmesan cheese- the parmesan cheese makes this sauce extra creamy and flavorful. I recommend grating your cheese yourself instead of buying pre-grated cheese for the best flavor.

Basil- fresh basil will give you the best flavor and aroma for this dish. You will need to cut the basil into ribbons.

Instructions

Start by patting dry chicken breasts with paper towels. You can slice each chicken breast in half to make them cook faster, I kept them whole. Season them on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper.

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In a large skillet, add the olive oil (or vegetable oil), and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook them on each side for 8-10 minutes.

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Remove the chicken from the pan while you make the sauce (Place the cooked chicken on a plate).

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Add a splash of the dried tomato oil to the pan, and saute the minced garlic over medium-high heat mixing constantly until the garlic is golden brown.

Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, chopped dried tomatoes, chopped basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, grated parmesan, and chili flakes, and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.

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Add the chicken to the creamy sauce and cover the chicken with the sauce, cover with a lid and simmer for another 10 minutes over medium-low heat until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce is creamy.

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Garnish with chopped basil leaves or fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!

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Expert Tips

  • You can use your favorite parts of chicken for this recipe. Like chicken thighs, chicken tenders, and chicken breasts. Ensure that you clean the chicken and that there are no bones for easy eating.
  • When you are sauteing the garlic, add a little oil from the sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor!
  • Do not swap the heavy cream with milk or low-fat cream! You need the real deal for this dish and for the best creamy and thick sauce.
  • I highly recommend buying a block of parmesan cheese and grating it yourself. I find pre-grated parmesan cheese-less flavorful and it does not dissolve beautifully in the sauce.
  • To make this sauce lighter, you can add a splash of half and half.
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Faq's

How long does this chicken last?

This chicken dish will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Is marry me chicken keto?

Yep! This chicken dish is indeed keto. For a whole keto meal, serve this chicken with cauliflower rice or vegetables.

Why is it called Marry Me Chicken?

This chicken dish is called marry me chicken since it's so delicious that it might give you a marriage proposal after your partner will taste this!

How to serve this dish?

You can serve this dish with mashed potatoes, freshly made pasta, cauliflower rice, roasted vegetables, rice, etc.

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Storing

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Reheating

Reheat them in the microwave or in the toaster oven (or regular oven) until it is warm and the sauce is bubbly. Don't overheat to not dry the chicken. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of water to thin it out.

Freezing

I do not recommend freezing this chicken. It has the best texture and juiciness while being made fresh. It is okay to reheat it a day, or two later, but the freezer might ruin the texture of this chicken and will dry it out.

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Substitutions

Chicken- you can swap the boneless chicken breasts with skinless chicken thighs or swap them with chicken tenderloins.

Half and half- to make this dish less heavy, you can swap the heavy cream with half and half. Use the same amount.

Variations

Spicy- you can make this dish spicy by adding a pinch or two of cayenne pepper or adding more chili flakes. Add it to your personal liking.

More chicken recipes

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Cast iron chicken breast- Thiscast ironskillet chicken is super easy to make, perfectly seasoned golden brown chicken that is tender and juicy and goes perfectly with any side dish!

Honey butter chicken- Thishoneybutter chicken is crispy, sweet, juicy, and tender, and comes together in 30 minutes! My favorite part about this chicken is that is not deep fried, it is shallowed fried and uses less oil, and is less heavy.

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This marry me chicken is the perfect chicken dinner that is herby, creamy, tender, juicy, and goes perfectly with pasta or rice! This chicken dish is so delish that if you make it for your partner, you may get a marriage proposal!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Calories 414 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by patting dry the chicken breasts with paper towels. You can slice each chicken breast in half to make them cook faster, I kept them whole. Season them on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper.

  • In a large skillet, add the olive oil (or vegetable oil), and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook them on each side for 8-10 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken from the pan while you make the sauce (Place the cooked chicken on a plate).

  • Add a splash of the dried tomato oil to the pan, and saute the minced garlic over medium-high heat mixing constantly until the garlic is golden brown.

  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, chopped dried tomatoes, chopped basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, grated parmesan, and chili flakes, and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.

  • Add the chicken to the creamy sauce and cover the chicken with the sauce, cover with a lid and simmer for another 10 minutes over medium-low heat until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce is creamy.

  • Garnish with chopped basil leaves or fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use your favorite parts of chicken for this recipe. Like chicken thighs, chicken tenders, and chicken breasts. Ensure that you clean the chicken and that there are no bones for easy eating.
  • When you are sauteing the garlic, add a little oil from the sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor!
  • Do not swap the heavy cream with milk or low-fat cream! You need the real deal for this dish and for the best creamy and thick sauce.
  • I highly recommend buying a block of parmesan cheese and grating it yourself. I find pre-grated parmesan cheese less flavorful and it does not dissolve beautifully in the sauce.
  • To make this sauce lighter, you can add a splash of half and half.

Nutrition

Calories: 414kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 30gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 490mgPotassium: 792mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1025IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 3mg

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  1. Eleanor Cook

    Easy Marry Me Chicken (30-Minute Recipe!) (14)
    It was great and even better on day 2! The sauce needs time to “marry,” lol! I used chicken thighs and cayenne pepper rather than flakes.

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  2. Suzy

    Easy Marry Me Chicken (30-Minute Recipe!) (15)
    Delicious! Made for dinner party and everyone was so impressed!

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  3. Rosemary

    Tried this recipe and it was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Rosemary from the UK.

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  4. Laura

    I loved this dish. Super easy and delicious!

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