This marry me chicken comes together in just ten minutes! This simple yet restaurant-worthy dish will steal your heart and anyone’s heart you cook it for.
We adore simple yet elegant chicken recipes.
It’s incredible what you can make with a simple chicken breast, and some of our favorite dishes include air frying it, cooking it in a cast iron skillet, or baking it. When we are feeling just that little bit fancy, we love to make marry me chicken.
Table of Contents
- What is marry me chicken?
- Why you’ll love this recipe
- Ingredients needed
- How to make marry me chicken
- What to serve with this dish
- Tips to make the best recipe
- Storage instructions
- Recommended tools to make this recipe
- More simple skillet chicken breast recipes to try
- Frequently asked questions
- Marry Me Chicken (Recipe Card)
What is marry me chicken?
“Marry Me Chicken” is a flavorful and creamy chicken dish featuring a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes. The name “Marry Me Chicken” suggests that the dish is so delicious that it could inspire someone to propose marriage!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- It uses Simple ingredients. Besides the chicken, cream, and some pantry staple ingredients, there isn’t much else that goes into this dish.
- Ready in minutes. From prep to plate, this entire chicken recipe comes together in under 10 minutes.
- Naturally gluten-free and low carb. It’s perfect for those who are celiac or follow a lower-carb diet.
- Elegant and easy. This is the kind of chicken recipe you can make for a fancy weekend dinner or something quickly during the week!
This recipe calls for very simple ingredients, including pantry staples. Here is what you’ll need:
- Chicken breast. Use four small or two large chicken breast fillets.
This recipe works with skinless chicken thighs or chicken quarters too.
- Flour. You will need to dredge the chicken in flour before frying it to get a nice golden crust.
- Butter. I prefer to cook with butter for this recipe as it adds a richer flavor to the dish.
- Heavy cream. For the cream sauce that makes this dish pop. Avoid using light cream as it is a little too thin.
Swap out half the heavy cream with low-sodium chicken broth to cut down on the fat.
- Spinach. This ingredient is optional. I like adding baby spinach to the sauce to cut through the richness and make the dish look more appetizing with pops of green.
- Sun-dried tomatoes. The ingredient that makes this creamy chicken dish so special. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes as big or small as you want.
- Parmesan cheese. Always grate your parmesan cheese instead of using the pre-shredded kind.
- Garlic. Makes any chicken recipe taste better. If you are not a big fan of garlic in your food, use fewer cloves but don’t skip it.
- Salt and pepper. To taste.
How to make marry me chicken
Besides prepping the chicken and the sauce, there isn’t very much hands-on time needed to make this dish.
1- Season the chicken. Season the chicken fillets with salt and pepper and dredge them in flour.
2. Cook the chicken. Add butter to a large skillet, add the chicken fillets to the pan, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown on both sides.
3- Cook the sauce. Add the remaining butter to the hot pan along with the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, then add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cream. Once it simmers, add the parmesan cheese and spinach.
4. Put it all together. Bring the chicken back, cook for a few minutes, and serve immediately. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves, if desired.
What to serve with this dish
- Grains and pasta. Serve the chicken over a bed of pasta, rice, or other grains to soak up all the sauce beautifully.
- Potatoes. You can’t go wrong with a simple baked potato, some potato wedges, or roasted ones!
- Sauteed vegetables. Keep things simple and delicious with mushrooms, eggplant, brussels sprouts, or broccolini.
- Salads. A hearty salad like a Jennifer Aniston salad, wedge salad, or 7 layer salad are all fantastic options.
Tips to make the best recipe
- If your chicken breast pieces are uneven in terms of thickness, pound them so that they cook evenly.
- Make sure you don’t burn the minced garlic. Burning garlic is one of the few things you can do to make this dish taste bad. If your garlic burns, discard it and start over.
- Transfer the dish to the oven and bake the chicken breasts in the sauce for a few minutes. This will create a golden layer of melted parmesan cheese on the chicken breasts.
- Add red pepper flakes to make the luscious creamy sauce mildly spicy.
To Store: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, covered, for up to five days.
To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled chicken in an airtight container and drizzle the sauce around it. Store it in the freezer for up to two months.
To reheat: Reheat in the microwave at 10-second intervals until the chicken is heated through. You can also reheat the chicken in a non-stick skillet.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Cast iron skillet. The best pan to use as it cooks the chicken beautifully and evenly.
- Non-stick skillet. No cast iron pan? A good quality non-stick pan or skillet will also work.
- Tongs. To flip the chicken.
More simple skillet chicken breast recipes to try
- Lemon pepper chicken
- Honey mustard chicken
- Chicken Caprese
- Tuscan chicken
- Chicken Florentine
- Chicken Marsala
Frequently asked questions
When made with gluten-free flour, this recipe is suitable for celiacs.
This makes a fantastic low carb meal with just 4 grams of net carbs per serving. Swap out the flour for almond flour to cut the carbs even further.
Yes, you can make Marry Me Chicken ahead of time. Just store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in a pan over low heat until it’s hot.
Yes, you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Just keep in mind that chicken thighs will take a little longer to cook than chicken breasts.
Marry Me Chicken
- Season chicken with salt, pepper, and flour.
- In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and place over medium heat. Once melted, add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden on each side. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the remaining butter and cook the garlic until fragrant. Add the sun dried tomatoes then reduce the heat to low. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
- Add the spinach and parmesan cheese and continue to simmer until the parmesan cheese has melted.
- Add the chicken back into the pan and serve immediately.
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