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Marry Me Chicken

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 419
marry me chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon made with cream, chicken stock, chicken bouillon, parmesan, garlic, and spices
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Creamy, tomato and herbed chicken with a sprinkle of fiery heat - ‘marry me’ chicken will guarantee you a second date!

Our Favorite, Easy Marry Me Chicken Recipe

Obviously this recipe sounds delicious, but why make marry me chicken tonight? Simple ingredients, wow-worthy flavors, and it will be on your dinner table in 25 minutes. Dive into a bite of tender chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and a luscious cream sauce. Minimal ingredients make this recipe budget friendly and easy to shop for. Want even better news? This recipe also comes together in a pinch. Trying to feed a crowd or looking to bulk this dish up a bit? Serve over pasta, mashed potatoes, or creamy polenta.

olive oil, chicken, salt, garlic, cream, chicken stock & bouillon, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices on the counter

What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is a quick and easy chicken breast recipe with herbs, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream. Legend has it, a few magazine food editors were testing this dish, when one expressed they would literally marry it, if they could… It was THAT delicious! From then on, Marry Me Chicken went viral and many variations were formed. This one pot chicken dish is the perfect recipe to feature at your next dinner party, family weeknight dinner or even date night. It might even land you an engagement! Pair with a chilled glass of chardonnay, lit candles, and some Michael Bublé playing in the background.

chicken breasts seasoned with salt being seared in olive oil in a skillet
garlic, heavy cream, chicken stock, bouillon, parmesan, sun dried tomatoes and spices being cooked in a skillet

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Marry Me Chicken Ingredients

A creamy, easy-to-follow chicken recipe that may also involve pasta? Count us in! You might even have some of these ingredients already in your refrigerator and pantry. If you don’t have chicken stock or sun-dried tomatoes on hand, vegetable stock or roasted red peppers would be an easy swap! Spur of the moment date night and it’s your turn to cook? We’ve got you covered! In just 25 minutes you will have dinner guests begging for seconds. Here’s everything you will need:

  • Chicken breasts

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic

  • Heavy cream

  • Chicken stock

  • “Better Than Bouillon” or chicken bouillon cubes

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Sun-dried tomatoes

  • Italian seasoning

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Fresh basil

marry me chicken cooking in a skillet made with garlic, cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning and sun-dried tomatoes

What To Serve With Marry Me Chicken

This chicken alone will knock your socks off, but let’s talk about some really awesome sides to pair with dinner. We strongly suggest pasta! Spaghetti, angel hair, bucatini, penne, you name it! Cook a side of pasta, cut the chicken into slices, ladle the luxurious cream sauce over your plate, and sprinkle some parmesan over the top. Or try one of these ideas as the perfect accompaniment!

marry me chicken cooking in a skillet made with garlic, cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning and sun-dried tomatoes

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Chicken is always a crowd pleaser and oh so versatile! After you try Marry Me Chicken, add these easy chicken recipes to your weeknight meal rotation:

marry me chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon made with cream, chicken stock, chicken bouillon, parmesan, garlic, and spices

The Best Marry Me Chicken Recipe is Now Yours

Marry Me Chicken is one of our favorite chicken dishes to share because it’s super simple to make, yet full of flavor. When you make this recipe, let us know what you think! Snap a photo of your Marry Me Chicken dish and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. We can’t wait to see your creation! Happy eating!

Marry Me Chicken

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 419


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon chicken flavor “Better Than Bouillon” (or 1 chicken bouillon cube)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • Cooked pasta or mashed potatoes, for serving (optional)


  1. Pat the chicken dry. Season all over with 1 teaspoon salt.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Once the oil is glistening, add the chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  3. Add the garlic to the same skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in heavy cream, chicken stock, bouillon, ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, pepper, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and remaining salt until fully combined.

  4. Return the chicken to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes more.

  5. Top chicken with basil, remaining Parmesan cheese, and remaining red pepper flakes and serve over pasta or mashed potatoes, if desired.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories419
  • Protein55 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol181 mg
  • sodium605 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Marry Me Chicken

Questions & Reviews

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  • shelley uffford

    can I substitute white wine for chicken broth?

    Yes! Hope you enjoy Shelley!

  • Ron

    Can I use skin on chicken thighs instead of breasts. We are not fans of white meat.

    We wouldn't recommend skin on. Thighs are probably fine but the cook time would be different so check the internal temperature to ensure it is cooked through.

  • Brooks Rodrigue

    Can I use chicken broth instead of chicken stock?

    Yes! Hope you enjoy!

  • Victoria Hart

    Hello - can you make Marry Me chicken ahead? So early afternoon and then reheat just before dinner? I have a lot of things to make for the meal tomorrow and trying to get as much done ahead of time.

    That should work fine! Hope this all worked out ok Victoria!

  • Kathleen Davies

    I assume this recipe can be doubled or quadrupled easily? Also in a single or double recipe could half the heavy cream be substituted with a lighter cream?

    Yes, it should multiply easily. We haven't tried it with a lighter cream so it might jeopardize the consistency but you could give it a try.

  • Jocelyne LaFortune

    Whole family loved this! Even my 2 year old who I swear subsists on air and fruit! I served it over polenta.

    Thanks Jocelyne! So happy it was a win for the whole family!

  • Erin

    I can't believe I actually made something like this! It was absolutely delicious, teenager approved and have already been asked to make it again. Something like this would have normally seemed too difficult for me to tackle on a busy weeknight but the way you show and "teach" these recipes is so wonderful! LOVE THIS SITE!!! This was delicious, seriously if your reading this review - make it

    Thank you so much Erin, we are so happy that you love it and that it made you feel great about cooking!

  • Kim

    Loved this recipe! The flavor was amazing. However, I didn’t have very much sauce . I think it cooked down while waiting for the chicken to get to 165. Next time I will cook the chicken completely through b4 making the sauce and adding the chicken back to it

    Glad you enjoyed it Kim!

  • Olivia

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! My husband and 4 year old loved it. Sauce was so yummy, we ate it with wild rice but like you said pasta or mashed potatoes would be yummy! Thank you for a wonderful recipe to add to my dinner list.

    Thanks Olivia, we are so happy your whole family loved it!

  • Alastair

    100% cooking this again. Didn't have chicken breast, but used chicken thighs and came out great! I'll be checking out more of The Modern Proper's recipes! Thanks!

    Thanks Alastair, that is so great to hear. Glad you loved this one!