Marry Me Chicken

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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.

marry me chicken.

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
  1. What is marry me chicken?
  2. Why you’ll love this recipe
  3. Ingredients needed
  4. How to make marry me chicken
  5. What to serve with this dish
  6. Tips to make the best recipe
  7. Storage instructions
  8. Recommended tools to make this recipe
  9. More simple skillet chicken breast recipes to try
  10. Frequently asked questions
  11. 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!

Ingredients needed

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.

Chicken swap

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.

Dietary swap

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.

seasoned chicken breast fillets.

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.

pan fried chicken breast.

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.

creamy sauce with spinach and parmesan.

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. 

chicken in a pan with creamy sauce.

What to serve with this dish

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.

Storage instructions

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.

  • 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.
recipe for marry me chicken.

More simple skillet chicken breast recipes to try

Frequently asked questions

Is this recipe gluten free?

When made with gluten-free flour, this recipe is suitable for celiacs.

Is this recipe low carb?

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.

Can I make Marry Me Chicken ahead of time?

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.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

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 recipe.

Marry Me Chicken

5 from 410 votes
Marry Me Chicken is a creamy and flavorful chicken dish that's easy to make and sure to impress. Ready in just 10 minutes, it's perfect for a romantic dinner or family meal.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes

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Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast 4 small fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 ounces sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups baby spinach loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

TO STORE: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled chicken in a shallow 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. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 27gFat: 27gSodium: 548mgPotassium: 581mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 2492IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 4g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t see this in comments, so I hope I am not repeating. First, this sounds WONDERFUL! (OK , that is in the comments). However, you state that it is naturally gluten free, and good for Celiacs. Then the first instruction includes dredging in flour, a wheat product, full of gluten. It would be great if you could test other options, or else take out that it is gluten free, as it is not. I was thinking coconut fl0ur might work well as an option , and may try that, or a mix of coconut and arrowroot….

  2. 5 stars
    I sent a pic of what I made to my friend and said “I think I’m going to say YES!” LOL

    Normally I add different seasoning to recipes because they are usually so bland. But I follow this one to the letter and it was A-MAZING!

  3. This recipe was AWESOME. First time my chicken breasts were too thick so they didn’t cook as quickly as they should have. And I used almond flour instead of all purpose flour. Second time, I cut the chicken breasts in half and it was much better. I ran out of sun dried tomatoes so I substituted chopped fresh tomatoes, and that great as well.

    I love your recipes!!

  4. 5 stars
    I added courgetti and a bit of spaghetti which really suited this delicious dish! Easy to do and incredibly tasty.

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