Marry Me Chicken: a delicious recipe for tender chicken in a creamy sauce

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

If you want to cook up an irresistibly delicious dish that's fast and easy to make, look no further than marry me chicken. Made from juicy, tender chicken in a rich, tangy, creamy sauce made from heavy cream, parmesan, and sundried tomatoes, marry me chicken is said to be so good, it'll make your partner propose.

Of course, you can make marry me chicken for any occasion – it's so simple to prepare, it's great for feeding larger groups. It only takes about half an hour to make, so whether you're looking to seriously impress a date or simply want to make a fast, tasty, dinner, marry me chicken is perfect for you!

What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry me chicken is a mouthwatering dish made by sautéing chicken breasts and serving them in a rich, creamy sauce made from sundried tomatoes, heavy cream, parmesan, and red chili flakes. Each ingredient pairs perfectly, hence the name marry me chicken. It's a quick and easy dinner but is so delicious, people will fall in love with you (or at least your cooking skills).


Marry Me Chicken Ingredients

Marry me chicken is made from simple, flavorful ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen.

Chicken breasts are the go-to cut for this dish, but you can easily use chicken thighs for an even more flavorful dish.

To make the sauce, you'll need garlic, thyme, red chili flakes, chicken broth, and heavy cream.

Sundried tomatoes are also essential for giving the sauce its tasty tanginess, while parmesan makes it ultra-rich and creamy.

Top your marry me chicken off with some fresh basil and a little extra parmesan.

How to Make Marry Me Chicken

Making marry me chicken is a cinch, and it only takes about half an hour to do, making it perfect for busy evenings when you want to make a quick, tasty dish that doesn't skimp on flavor. Start by heating your oven to 375F. Season your chicken breasts, then sear them for a few minutes on each side, until they turn beautifully golden brown. Take them out of your skill and set them to the side.

Next, sauté the garlic and cook it until fragrant, then add in the chili flakes, thyme, broth, and heavy cream. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, so it thickens, then mix in the sundried tomatoes and parmesan. Put the chicken back in the pan, making sure to coat it with the sauce. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Garnish with basil and extra parmesan, and serve.


Tips for the Best Easy Marry Me Chicken

Use an oven-safe skillet or cast-iron pan to make your marry me chicken.

For a less spicy dish, you can use a smaller amount of red chili flakes.

For a richer dish, use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Thighs are a fattier cut and have a stronger flavor compared to chicken breast.

If you're not keen on sundried tomatoes, you can substitute them for fresh tomatoes. Smaller tomato varieties work best.

Your chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. If you're unsure if your chicken is ready to be served, you can use an instant-read thermometer to tell if the meat has finished cooking.

What to Serve with Marry Me Chicken

Serve a variety of tasty sides with your marry me chicken. Popular choices include a fresh green salad, glazed roasted carrots, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, pasta, or risotto.

Don't forget some freshly baked bread or homemade dinner rolls – that sauce is too delicious not to mop up!


How to Store Marry Me Chicken

Keep leftover marry me chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Extra virgin olive oil
Large chicken breasts
3 to 4
salt and pepper to taste
Garlic, minced
2 cloves
Fresh thyme
1 tsp
Red chili flakes
1 tsp
Chicken broth
3/4 cup
Heavy Cream
1/2 cup
sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup
Fresh basil


Preheat your oven to 375F. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden.

Remove the chicken onto a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium. Sauté the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in chili flakes, thyme, chicken broth, and cream. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add in the sundried tomatoes.

Add in the cheese.

Place the chicken in the pan.

Make sure to coat the chicken with the sauce.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Garnish with basil and extra parmesan, and serve.


Grate the cheese yourself. This will ensure it melts more evenly.

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