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Marry Me Chicken

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

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

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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

Marry Me Chicken Ingredients

A creamy, easy-to-follow chicken recipe that may also involve pasta? Count us in! If you love our Chicken Fricassee, this marry me chicken is for you. 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!


Whatever side you choose, you'll be wanting this meal on repeat. Or if you're a fan of a great chicken skillet dinner and want to switch it up be sure to try our Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Skillet or Creamy Tomato Chicken Skillet next time. They also go beautifully with all of these sides.

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

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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

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 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)

Method

  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

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  • Jeanne

    Planning to serve this dish for a dinner party. Could I prepare ahead and place in a Pyrex dish to keep warm in the oven so I can enjoy time with my guest before dinner?
    Thank you

    That should work just fine. Just use the lowest temperature your oven has available. Hope you enjoy Jeanne!

  • Viktoriya

    Hi, what is the best pot or pan to use to make this dish?

    any large skillet will do. Non stick or enameled cast iron would work best. Hope you enjoy!

  • Kate

    Hi, just wondering how much you could do in advance to prep it for a dinner party?

    You could probably make it all and then reheat in the oven to serve.

  • Brianna

    I had to use half and half but it curdled :( what did I do wrong?

    The pan may have gotten too hot. Also the less fat the higher the chance dairy will curdle. Try turning it down more before adding the cream next time.

  • Evelyn

    Can I substitute evaporated milk for the heavy cream

    Should work ok! Hope you enjoy Evelyn.

  • Doug

    Tried this yesterday, and loved it! Skipped the sea salt, but otherwise followed the recipe. Served over spaghetti noodles. Rich and flavorful, everyone liked it. Will definitely make it again. Thank you!

    Thanks Doug, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Crystal

    I love this recipe!!!! It is a staple in my house!! It is delicious!!

    Thanks Crystal, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Jessica

    Sorry made this and followed the recipe to a “t”. It was way too salty for us. Next time I would omit the chicken bouillon or the extra salt. Between the salt, the chicken stock, the chicken bouillon and the Parmesan cheese there was way too much sodium taste for us!! I’ll try it again but omitting salt.

  • Aria

    I used a can of coconut milk instead of heavy cream. AHHMAZING

    Thanks Aria, glad you loved it!

  • Shauna

    This was easy to make and tasted so good, will definitely make again 😋

    Thanks Shauna, so happy you loved it!