Your new favorite chicken recipe is soon to be Marry Me Chicken!
This crowd-pleasing main course combines juicy, succulent chicken breasts with an excellent parmesan cream sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil for a rich, savory dish that everyone will like.
Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?
- If your spouse isn’t already madly in love with you, one bite of this chicken meal will have them ready to pop the question! Okay, we can’t promise it, but that is the theory behind the name! Marry me chicken is a dish that will make you hear music, see hearts floating in the air, and feel forced to express your everlasting love. Use cautious when serving.
- It’s nearly impossible to believe how simple this recipe is, given the sauce’s rich flavors! It also doesn’t require any fancy sides or anything. My marry me chicken goes well with garlic butter parsley potatoes or air fryer asparagus.
- It could also be served with a side of spaghetti or palmini. Simple, filling, and great!
This chicken recipe is keto-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free by nature. No changes are required!
- If you’re meal planning, marry me chicken is a terrific alternative! Refrigerate for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Heat it in the microwave or on the stovetop until it is well heated.
Important Ingredients For Chicken, marry me
Chicken– Without the chicken, what is marry me chicken? This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you may easily substitute chicken thighs (with or without bones). Cooking time will be somewhat longer if you use bone-in chicken.
Sun Dried Tomatoes — Sweet, tangy, and oh-so-flavorful. If you prefer or don’t have sun dried tomatoes on hand, you can substitute fresh tomatoes. Your marry me chicken will still be delicious despite the lack of flavor and tang.
Heavy Cream – The heavy cream adds a little thickness to the sauce. Although this sauce will not be as thick as, say, an Alfredo sauce, the heavy cream will give it some body.
Because light cream or milk will modify the consistency of the sauce, I don’t advocate doing so. If you wish to lighten up the sauce, use half-and-half instead.
Because of the cream in the half-n-half, the consistency would still be a little thin.
- The chicken breasts are left whole in this recipe, but cutting them into cutlets prior will reduce the cooking time! Simply cut the chicken breasts in half from one side to the other (as if making a hamburger bun) and follow the recipe’s instructions.
- Add some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the skillet with the olive oil for a little more flavor. The chicken gets a great taste from searing it in tomato oil, which is greatly enhanced by the sun dried tomato cream sauce.
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese has a far better flavor and texture than store-bought parmesan that has already been grated. It’s also really simple to grate your own! Simply buy an entire block of parmesan cheese and grind it with a box grater. If you don’t have a box grater, you can slice very thin slices of parmesan off the block using a sharp knife.
- If you’re serving your marry me chicken right away, preheat the oven to 165°F and remove the chicken from the oven. Make that your sides are prepared! If you have a few minutes between cooking and serving, remove the chicken from the oven when it reaches 160°F on the inside, then let it rest for 5 minutes in the pan. Taking the chicken out a little early will prevent it from becoming overcooked by the time you eat it because it will come to temperature as it rests.
- Taking the sauce off the heat to toss in the parmesan helps the cheese melt without clumping. That way, your marry me chicken will have a gorgeously smooth parmesan cream sauce! Adding the cheese in small increments, stirring thoroughly after each addition, and allowing it to melt completely before adding more can also assist.
Marry Me Chicken
|15-minute prep time
30 minutes to cook
45 minutes total
Your new favorite chicken recipe is soon to be Marry Me Chicken!
This crowd-pleasing main course combines juicy, succulent chicken breasts with an excellent parmesan cream sauce, sun dried tomatoes, and fresh basil for a rich, savory dish that everyone will like.
Ingredients For Chicken, marry me
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 large chicken breasts approximately 1 ½ to 2 pounds
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¾ cup chicken broth see Notes
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese at room temperature
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- basil chiffonaded, for garnish
- Cast iron skillet (or other oven safe skillet)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
- In a cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the skillet is heated, add the chicken. Sear for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, then turn and sear for 3 to 4 minutes on the other.
- Set aside the seared chicken from the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is aromatic, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the broth and heavy cream, then add the grated parmesan, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, and red pepper flakes one at a time.
- Return the chicken breasts to the skillet after the mixture has reached a simmer. Flip the chicken a couple of times to coat it in sauce, then transfer the skillet to the oven.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165°F internal temperature.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet and serve with your favorite sides. Serve immediately with extra sauce from the skillet and chiffonaded basil as a garnish.
- The sauce will be fairly thin. After removing the chicken in the final step, thicken the sauce using cornstarch, flour, cream cheese (at room temperature), or a small amount of xanthan gum if desired.
- Chicken Broth: Use a reduced sodium chicken broth if you’re limiting your salt intake or simply prefer less sodium. If you’re gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free chicken broth!
- Cheese Parmesan: When adding cold cheese to a hot beverage, it can clump, so make sure it’s at room temperature first.
- To avoid clumping or curdling, remove the skillet from the heat before adding the cheese.
- Chiffonade the basil as follows: Roll fresh basil leaves tightly lengthwise after stacking them on top of each other. Slice the roll into thin ribbons using a tiny, sharp knife.
- Perpendicular to the roll, slice
Reduce the fat content by substituting half-and-half for heavy cream.
Make it Paleo/Whole30/Dairy-Free: Check out our Whole30 Marry Me Chicken dish!
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 357mg, Potassium: 789mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 509IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 2mg, Net Carbs: 6g