Marry Me Chicken is an easy, 30 minute Italian-inspired dinner that's made with tender chicken breasts cooked in a heavenly sun-dried tomato cream sauce. It's so good it will make your partner want to propose!
About This Recipe
Marry Me Chicken is easy to fall in love with: it's made with a parmesan and sun dried tomato cream sauce that's flavored with garlic and Italian seasonings. The chicken comes out perfectly cooked and juicy every time as it's browned and then coated in the sauce.
The sauce is the best part of this recipe — just one taste and you'll feel like you've been transported to the hills of Tuscany! The sauce is rich and delicious, full of Italian-inspired flavors.
This recipe is ideal as a family-friendly quick weeknight dinner or as a romantic meal for a special occasion. It's easy to make in one skillet on the stove and uses everyday, simple ingredients.
Marry Me Chicken Ingredients
The full recipe is at the bottom of this page, but here's a quick overview of what you'll need and how to make it:
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- ⅓ cup chicken broth
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
How to Make Marry Me Chicken
Step 1: Prepare the chicken
Slice the chicken breasts in half to make them thinner. Pat them dry with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Cook the chicken
In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Once hot, cook the chicken for 4 - 5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Cook in batches if needed. Remove and set aside.
Step 3: Add garlic & chicken broth
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Pour in the chicken broth. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any stuck brown bits.
Step 4: Make the sauce
Turn the heat to low and add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Simmer gently for 2 - 3 minutes, turning up the heat slightly needed. Stir frequently.
Step 5: Add seasonings
Stir in the seasonings: oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Step 6: Add tomatoes
Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes along with some of their juices.
Step 7: Add chicken
Add the chicken back into the skillet and simmer for 3 - 4 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Stir frequently and spoon the sauce over the chicken. For a thicker sauce, simmer for longer.
Step 8: Serve & enjoy!
Serve immediately, optionally over noodles and garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
Red pepper flakes: this recipe has a mild spice level from the red pepper flakes. To make it even more mild, leave these out.
Sun dried tomatoes: be sure to use sun dried tomatoes that come in a small jar and are stored in oil. Don't use the ones that are salted and come in a bag.
Fresh basil: add some fresh flavor to your meal by sprinkling the chicken with fresh chopped basil before serving (this is a really tasty addition)!
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe is called 'Marry Me Chicken' because it's so tasty that if you make it for your partner they'll want to propose! To be fair it is a pretty romantic recipe — the rich, Italian flavors would make anyone fall in love 🙂
Marry Me Chicken is full of Italian-inspired flavors so classic Italian sides are a perfect choice. You could serve it with salad (like Caesar salad), roasted vegetables, or a side of garlic bread.
To make your sauce thicker, simmer it for longer. If you want to make it extra thick, add a little flour. And to make your sauce thinner, add a splash of chicken broth (or water).
If you have leftovers, cool and store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 - 4 days.