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Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken, with its creamy Parmesan sauce and sun-dried tomatoes, is a luxurious, yet simple recipe for an unforgettable meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Finished recipe in black iron skillet.

If you’ve never heard of Marry Me Chicken, you’re in for a real treat! With its combination of chicken, creamy Parmesan cheese sauce, and sun-dried tomatoes, it’s a luxurious, yet simple recipe for an unforgettable meal that your friends and family will never forget.

My Marry Me Chicken recipe makes creating a truly memorable meal as simple as child’s play. Whether it’s for a special occasion, date night, or just a weeknight dinner, this dish will give you a real sense of accomplishment with minimal effort.

Finished recipe in black iron skillet.

You’re probably wondering how the recipe got its name, right? According to internet legend, it’s so over-the-top delicious that if you serve it to your significant other, they’ll be moved to immediately ask you to marry them. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just that the ingredients “marry” so well. They do make a pretty irresistible combination of flavors. So irresistible that you may just find yourself going back for seconds!

❤️ Why We Love This Recipe


  • The chicken is flavorful, tender, and delicious!
  • It’s smothered in a luscious Parmesan and sun-dried tomato cream sauce.
  • You’ll need only one pan.
  • It’s impressive enough for guests but easy enough for busy weeknights. 

🛒 Ingredient Notes


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All ingredients needed to make Marry Me Chicken.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breastsChicken breast is my preference for this recipe. However, thighs work very well, too. Use whatever you like or what fits your budget. 
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  • Heavy creamYou may find it labeled “heavy whipping cream” in your grocery store. 
  • Parmesan cheeseUse the best quality that fits within your budget. 
  • Red pepper flakesAdd more or less to suit your personal tolerance for spiciness. Or leave it out completely.
  • Thyme, oregano, and basilI always prefer fresh herbs when possible, but dried may certainly be substituted.
  • Sun-dried tomatoesAvailable either packed in oil or dry in a vacuum sealed bag. The ones packed in oil tend to be more flavorful.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Marry Me Chicken


Raw chicken breasts and a knife on a wooden board.
Chicken breast in a pan of flour.
Butter and oil in a cast iron skillet.
Sauteed chicken breasts in a skillet.
  1. Cut the three chicken breasts lengthways to make 6 thinner chicken pieces.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and coat well with the flour.
  3. Over medium heat, melt the butter and olive in a large skillet.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side). Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Onion and garlic cooking in a skillet.
Chicken broth being poured into the skillet.
Parmesan cheese and other ingredients added to the skillet.
Sauteed chicken breasts added back to the mixture.
  1. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock stirring to deglaze the skillet and scrape up any stuck bits.
  3. Turn the heat to low and stir in the cream and parmesan cheese. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the chicken back to the skillet. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes and then sprinkle with fresh basil.
Finished recipe in a black cast iron skillet.
  1. Serve immediately over rice or pasta.

🔀 Substitutions and Additions


  • Substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of breasts.
  • Add 1/2 cup of white wine to the sauce.
  • Use half-and-half instead of heavy cream for a slightly lighter dish.
  • Add 1/3 cup canned, drained mushrooms to the sauce.
  • Instead of fresh herbs, use a dried Italian seasoning mixture or herbes de Provence.
  • If you’re not a fan of sun-dried tomatoes, try using roasted red peppers instead.
  • Substitute Asiago cheese for the Parmesan.
Marry Me Chicken over rice in a white bowl.

⏱️ How to Make Ahead


You’ll have two choices for making this recipe in advance. 1) Do all the prep work a day in advance and store the prepared ingredients in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook, or 2) prepare the recipe, allow it to cool completely, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat over very low heat. 

🍽️ What to Serve with Marry Me Chicken?


This is a fairly rich recipe and is typically served over rice or pasta. I recommend pairing this with lighter side dishes such as steamed vegetables (green beans, broccoli, or squash), or a simple side salad with a vinegar-based dressing. Bread is optional but a nice addition to round out the meal.

For dessert, choose something light like Pavlova or Baked Alaska

Finished recipe in black iron skillet.

🍚 Storing Leftovers


Completely cooled leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave in 30-second increments.

Marry Me Chicken over rice in a white bowl.

❓ Questions About Marry Me Chicken


What’s the difference between Marry Me Chicken and Tuscan Chicken?

Tuscan chicken recipes typically contain spinach and cherry tomatoes creating a similar, yet distinct, flavor profile. 

Be sure to come back and let me know how your Marry Me Chicken with Cream Sauce and Sundried Tomatoes turned out.

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Finished recipe in black iron skillet.

Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken, with its creamy Parmesan sauce and sun-dried tomatoes, is a luxurious, yet simple recipe for an unforgettable meal!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • cup sun-dried tomatoes sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Cut the three chicken breasts lengthways to make 6 thinner chicken pieces.
  • Season with salt and pepper and coat well with the flour.
  • Over medium heat, melt the butter and olive in a large skillet.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side). Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the stock stirring to deglaze the skillet and scrape up any stuck bits.
  • Turn the heat to low and stir in the cream and parmesan cheese. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes and then sprinkle with fresh basil.
  • Serve immediately over rice or pasta.

Notes

  • To make in advance, either 1) Do all the prep work a day in advance and store the prepared ingredients in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook, or 2) prepare the recipe, allow it to cool completely, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat over very low heat.
  • Leftovers may be stored for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or over low heat on the stovetop.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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