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Marry Me Chicken is quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients. Juicy chicken married with a creamy parmesan sauce is the perfect pairing for a family-friendly meal.
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  1. About Marry Me Chicken
  2. What Does Marry Me Chicken Mean
  3. Why We Love Marry Me Chicken
  4. Marry Me Chicken Ingredients
  5. Substitutions and Additions
  6. Recommended Tools
  7. How to Make Marry me Chicken
  8. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  9. What To Serve With Marry Me Chicken
  10. How to Store Marry Me Chicken
  11. Frequently Asked Questions
  12. More Delicious Recipes
  13. Marry Me Chicken Recipe

This easy Marry Me Chicken recipe is a simple, one skillet, keto dinner dish made with minimal ingredients in 30 minutes.

Tender chicken marries perfectly with a rich, creamy parmesan sauce that’s packed with sundried tomatoes – so delicious, it may have the power to prompt a proposal from your partner (or at least procure a second date)!

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About Marry Me Chicken

Our recipe for Marry Me Chicken is so easy to make simply by cooking seasoned chicken with garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and smothering it in a savory parmesan cream sauce.

The ingredients in this sun dried tomato chicken dish marry together perfectly – the sauce paired with the poultry ties it all together into the best tasting bite of juicy chicken breast.

This budget-friendly meal is so full of flavor and even looks fancy; serve it for supper with your favorite rice, pasta, or bread sticks to bulk up the dish and to sop up the delicious sauce that shouldn’t be left sitting.

Marry me chicken recipes are low in carbs and make a filling keto meal when paired with a side of veggies or cauliflower rice.

What Does Marry Me Chicken Mean

The name of this chicken dish has a double meaning. You can interpret it as the ingredients meld and mingle together in the most delicious ways and create a creamy sauce that pairs perfectly with the chicken. Or, if you listen to the rumors, you should serve this flavorful dish to your loved one if you want a ring on your finger stat! 

Why We Love Marry Me Chicken

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • Prepared in one pan so clean up is painless!
  • Rich, creamy sauce is full of flavor.
  • Perfect for dinner parties, family-friendly meals, serving to your loved one, or when you’re trying to win someone’s heart.
Marry Me Chicken ingredients

Marry Me Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Sun dried tomatoes: Most sun-dried tomatoes come in jars packaged with Italian seasonings and olive oil or an oil mixture. Any jar packaged like this will work well for this recipe. 
  • Minced garlic
  • Cream of chicken soup: You can also use cream of mushroom soup if you’d like an additional flavor. 
  • Half and half
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional garnish)

Substitutions and Additions

  • Choose Your Chicken: You can also make this recipe with chicken thighs, chicken legs or even bone-in chicken pieces. Be aware that different cuts of chicken may need different amounts of time to cook through. Chicken should always reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be cooked through.
  • Create The Cream: You can substitute whole milk or heavy cream for the half and half, although it may change the consistency slightly. If you use heavy cream, you may want to replace the cream of chicken soup with chicken broth.
  • Add Some Spice: Add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a bit of heat in your sun dried tomato cream sauce.
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  • Large skillet with lid
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools
  • Aluminum foil
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How to Make Marry me Chicken

  1. Cook The Chicken: Stir together and heat the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and then add the seasoned chicken. brown it on both sides, 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
    Pro Tip: The chicken does not need to be cooked all the way through yet, just browned on each side.
  2. Make The Sauce: Mix together the sun-dried tomatoes cream of chicken soup, half and half, and parmesan cheese. Heat over low until bubbling, stirring constantly. 
  3. Make The Meal: Add the chicken back into the pan, reduce the heat and cover. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked through. 
  4. Serve: Garnished with fresh basil, optional, and serve hot. Enjoy!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • You can omit the Italian seasoning if you wish or replace it with dried basil or parsley. 
  • You can get a brick of cheese and shred it or you can get pre-shredded parmesan cheese. The freshly grated parmesan cheese doesn’t usually work as well. 
  • I recommend preparing the chicken breasts first before starting the dish. This gives the chicken some time to soak up the salt and seasoning.
  • Be careful when placing the chicken in the hot pan as the oil may splash and burn you.
  • Make sure the stove top temperature is turned to medium low or low before adding in the half and half and parmesan cheese. If it’s up too high, the sauce can break or curdle.

What To Serve With Marry Me Chicken

Make a complete meal by serving this Chicken over a plate of pasta, instant pot mashed potatoes, homemade fried rice and some veggies on the side. Or for a low-carb dinner, serve this dish with cauliflower breadsticks, cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.

Marry Me Chicken over pasta

How to Store Marry Me Chicken

  • To Store: Marry Me Chicken should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eaten within 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Marry Me Chicken can be frozen for 4-6 months, thawed overnight in the refrigerator and reheated before consuming. Be sure that your chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the center before serving. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I avoid getting splashed with hot oil?

Don’t put the sun-dried tomatoes in a hot pan or you may get splashed by the hot oil. I recommend putting them in a cold pan and heating them with the pan which should avoid splashing. However, if the oil is still popping you can cover it with a lid or a grease cover. 

How Can I make sure my chicken is cooked through?

The best way to make sure that the chicken is cooked through is with a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the chicken. Chicken is cooked through when it reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a meat thermometer you can remove a chicken breast and cut it in half. If the chicken has any pink left in the center, it needs to cook longer. 

How can I avoid my sauce from breaking?

Be sure to heat the sauce over low heat so that it doesn’t break and the cream in it doesn’t curdle. You should be able to create a nice, creamy sauce fairly easily with the cream of chicken soup base, however, if you overheat it you may end up with a broken sauce. 

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Marry Me Chicken

Serves — 4
Marry Me Chicken is quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients. Juicy chicken married with a creamy parmesan sauce is the perfect pairing for a family-friendly meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 17 ounces (2 8.5-ounce) jars sun-dried tomatoes divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 10 ounces can cream of chicken soup
  • cup half and half
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chopped basil, optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Season each chicken breast evenly with salt and Italian seasoning.
  • In a large skillet stir together 1 jar of the sun-dried tomatoes, undrained, and the minced garlic over medium high heat until hot.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the hot tomatoes and oil (the oil is from the undrained sun dried tomatoes) and brown it on both sides, 3-4 minutes on each side. The chicken does not need to be cooked all the way through yet, just browned on each side.
  • Remove the chicken and place it on a plate, covering it with a lid or aluminum foil. It will be added back in later.
  • Drain the other jar of sun-dried tomatoes and add the tomatoes to the skillet, reduce the heat to low.
  • Stir in the cream of chicken soup, half and half and parmesan cheese until completely combined.
  • Heat over low until bubbling, about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken back into the pan, reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve hot garnished with fresh basil, optional.

Jenn’s Notes

Note: It is important to drain one of the jars of sun-dried tomatoes and use one undrained jar. We are using the oils from the undrained jar to brown the chicken.
Storage:
  • To Store: Marry Me Chicken should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eaten within 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Marry Me Chicken can be frozen for 4-6 months, thawed overnight in the refrigerator and reheated before consuming. Be sure that your chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the center before serving.
Tips:
  • You can omit the Italian seasoning if you wish or replace it with dried basil or parsley.
  • You can get a brick of cheese and shred it or you can get pre-shredded parmesan cheese. The freshly grated parmesan cheese doesn’t usually work as well.
  • I recommend preparing the chicken breasts first before starting the dish. This gives the chicken some time to soak up the salt and seasoning.
  • Be careful when placing the chicken in the hot pan as the oil may splash and burn you.
  • Make sure the stove top temperature is turned to medium low or low before adding in the half and half and parmesan cheese. If it’s up too high, the sauce can break or curdle.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1660mg | Potassium: 4935mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 1656IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 403mg | Iron: 13mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. The first jar of sun dried tomatoes burned while I was browning the chicken. Next time, I would strain out the tomatoes and set them aside while browning the first side of chicken in the oil from the jar. Then, I would add the tomatoes as I was browning the second side of chicken. The sauce over cooked because it took much longer for the chicken to cook through. Next time, I think would slice the chicken after browning it and allow it to cook through in the sauce. This would cut down on cooking time and the chicken would be more flavorful.