A skillet of marry me chicken garnished with fresh basil rests on a light countertop with a sprig of fresh basil tucked beside it.

Welcome to a culinary journey filled with love, flavor, and a dish that might just sweep you off your feet—Marry Me Chicken. This delightful recipe has been making waves in kitchens around the world, captivating hearts with its creamy richness and aromatic blend of sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.

Overhead of a flavorful chicken breast on a light grey plate with a fork and a thyme sprig alongside it.

What is marry me chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is a delicious dish of juicy chicken breasts bathed in a sun-dried tomato-infused cream sauce. Its name comes from the notoriety it has for being so delectable that it can lead to unforgettable moments like marriage proposals—who can resist a chicken dish with a reputation like that?

What’s the secret behind Marry Me Chicken’s allure? It’s all in the sauce. The creamy blend of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and a touch of Italian herbs creates a symphony of flavors. The dish perfectly balances richness with a hint of tanginess.

What is marry me chicken made of?

To make this chicken dish, you’ll need:

  • Chicken cutlets. Cut your boneless skinless chicken breasts lengthwise into two flat pieces, and you’ll be set.
  • All-purpose flour.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh thyme, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, fresh basil leaves
  • Fats: Unsalted butter and avocado oil.
  • Yellow onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • Parmesan cheese

How do you make this chicken recipe?

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  1. Whisk the flour with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Coat the chicken pieces with the flour mixture.
  2. Heat the fats over medium heat, and brown the chicken on both sides. Set the chicken aside.
  3. Add the onions to the hot skillet and sauté. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. 
  4. Pour in the chicken broth, scraping up the tasty browned bits from the pan. Add the cream, tomatoes, herbs, and more salt.
  5. Simmer for five minutes, and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Add the chicken to the creamy sauce and simmer for five minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!

What do I do with the oil from the sundried tomatoes?

Don’t toss that oil! It is packed with flavor—use it to whisk up a salad dressing, put it in a marinade, or use it to sauté vegetables!

Tight view of cooked chicken breasts in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce garnished with chopped fresh basil.

Can’t I just use pre-shredded Parmesan?

We love a shortcut wherever we can take it (ahem, count how many rotisserie chickens we’ve snagged at the grocery store this year). But in this case, go for a wedge of Parmesan and shred it yourself if you can. It melts much better, giving you a creamier, dreamier sauce.

What do I serve marry me chicken with?

Serve marry me chicken with a delicious starch to soak up the extra sauce—you don’t want any of it to go to waste! Try it over pasta, rice, or even mashed potatoes. Add something green to round it out, and dinner is served! 

A spoon rests in a skillet filled with saucy chicken garnished with fresh basil.

How do I store the leftovers?

Keep any leftover marry me chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within three days.

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A skillet of marry me chicken garnished with fresh basil rests on a light countertop with a sprig of fresh basil tucked beside it.

Marry Me Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Marry Me Chicken is so good it might just convince you to pop the question after the first bite! You have to try this tender chicken in its creamy sun-dried tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless/skinless, cut into flat filets
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained & chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a shallow bowl and stir together. Coat the chicken breasts on all sides, shaking off the excess.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the coated chicken and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the onions to the skillet, and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Pour in the chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits from the pan.
  4. Add the cream, sundried tomatoes, fresh thyme, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and heat to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, and heat until the cheese is melted and everything is well combined.
  6. Add the chicken back to the pan and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil and/or fresh thyme, and serve!

Notes

  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Save the sundried tomato oil for another recipe like a salad dressing, marinade, or sauteed vegetables or meat!
  • Use fresh Parmesan that you shredded yourself for the best results! It melts a lot better than store-bought shredded Parmesan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 753Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 258mgSodium: 964mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 67g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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