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How to make Marry me Chicken

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I've got a chicken dish so good you might just end up with a ring on your finger – Marry Me Chicken. This creamy, dreamy delight is an internet sensation for a reason. It's easy enough for a busy weeknight, yet elegant enough for a romantic date night. With its rich sun-dried tomato sauce, tender chicken, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, you'll be falling in love with every bite. Let's get sharing how to make marry me chicken!

A bowl of creamy marry me chicken topped with fresh cilantro leaves, served in an white ceramic dish.

What is Marry Me Chicken? 

Marry Me Chicken is a delicious and simple dish with chicken breasts cooked in a creamy sauce flavored with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and Parmesan cheese. The name is said to come from how incredibly tasty it is – good enough to inspire a marriage proposal or two!

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Why is Marry Me Chicken so popular?  

This viral recipe is popular for several reasons:

  • Simple ingredients: Most ingredients are pantry staples.
  • Quick and easy: Ready in about 30 minutes.
  • Flavorful: The creamy sun-dried tomato sauce is packed with savory goodness.
  • Versatile: Serve with pasta, crusty bread, or a simple salad.

This Marry Me Chicken recipe is my favorite! Here's why I love it:

  • Flavor Bomb: The sauce is the star – sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and herbs create a rich, savory base, while heavy cream and Parmesan make it luxuriously creamy.
  • Juicy Chicken: Searing the chicken creates a golden-brown crust that locks in the juices.
  • Weeknight Win: It's surprisingly fast, perfect for those days when you need something tasty in a hurry.
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How to make Marry Me Chicken

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for cooking "Marry Me Chicken" laid out on a marble surface, including chicken breast, spices, flour, garlic, oil, and milk.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
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Instructions:

  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the dried basil, oregano, and thyme, and cook for a few more seconds.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for 5 minutes until slightly reduced.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the heavy cream. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined.
  7. Return the chicken breasts to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
A skillet of Marry Me Chicken on a wooden surface, garnished with herbs, beside a bowl of grated cheese and fresh greens.

Tips

  • Pound it out: For evenly cooked, juicy chicken breasts, pound them to about 1-inch thickness using a meat mallet. This also helps tenderize the meat.
  • Get fancy with the cheese: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese melts beautifully into the sauce and adds incredible flavor. Pre-grated cheese won't be as tasty.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little kick. If you like it milder, add them to your individual serving.
  • Herb boost: Fresh basil or thyme added right at the end gives a lovely flavor lift. For something a bit different, try a sprinkle of fresh Italian seasoning.
  • Sundried tomato love: Use good quality sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil for the best richness and flavor.
  • Choose your liquid: Chicken stock or vegetable stock both work well. For an even richer flavor profile, try a splash of dry white wine along with the stock.
  • The perfect sear: Heat your large skillet over medium-high heat to get that beautiful golden-brown crust on your chicken. Don't overcrowd the pan – work in batches if needed to cook the chicken in a single layer.
  • Deglaze for flavor: After searing the chicken, use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This will add amazing flavor to your sauce!
  • Temperature matters: Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken is cooked through. It should reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Creamy goodness: For an even thicker sauce, remove the chicken and let the sauce simmer gently for a couple of minutes to reduce. You can also add a touch of tomato paste for extra richness.
  • Serving suggestions: Marry Me Chicken is fantastic with pasta (angel hair works great!), crusty bread for dipping, rice, or a simple green salad. Make it a meal fit for special occasions!
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Bonus Tip: If you don't have a meat mallet, you can use a rolling pin or even a heavy can to gently pound the chicken.

FAQ: how to make marry me chicken

  • Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? Absolutely! Bone-in or boneless chicken thighs add a richness to this dish. Just remember to adjust the cooking time slightly, as thighs take a bit longer to cook through.
  • What's a substitute for heavy cream? For a lighter version, try half-and-half. You can even make a creamy garlic sauce by whisking a bit of cream cheese into milk or low-sodium chicken broth for a tangy twist.
  • Can I make this ahead of time? Yes! The flavorful sauce (minus the chicken) can be made in advance and refrigerated. When ready to eat, gently reheat on medium heat, then add the chicken to finish cooking. It's perfect for busy weeknights!
  • Can I use chicken cutlets instead? Definitely! Chicken cutlets are a great time-saver since they're already thin. Adjust cooking time accordingly; they'll be done quickly.
  • Can I add other ingredients for variation? This viral chicken recipe is a great base to get creative! Try adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, or a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
  • How can I make the sauce even thicker? If you want a super-rich cream sauce, remove the chicken and let the sauce simmer gently for a few minutes to reduce. For a deeper tomato flavor, whisk in a teaspoon of tomato paste.
  • Why did my sauce curdle? This usually happens if the heat is too high or if the cream is added to a boiling sauce. Keep the heat low and add the cream gradually while stirring. If it still happens, whisk in a bit of flour to help stabilize it.
  • Can I freeze this dish? The sauce freezes well for personal consumption and later enjoyment. Freeze portions in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat gently, cooking the chicken through if needed.

Marry Me Chicken might just be the perfect dish! It's elegant enough for a special occasion yet surprisingly easy to make. Whether you're hoping for a proposal (haha) or just delicious chicken dinners, this recipe is sure to become your go-to. Tell me about your how to make marry me chicken experience!

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Marry Me Chicken

A bowl of creamy marry me chicken topped with fresh cilantro leaves, served in an white ceramic dish.

Marry Me Chicken took the internet by storm, and for good reason! This simple chicken dish is packed with amazing flavors – sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and a luxuriously creamy Parmesan sauce. If you haven't tried this viral recipe yet, you're seriously missing out. Let me show you how easy it is.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

    Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
    In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
    In the same skillet, add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant.
    Stir in the dried basil, oregano, and thyme, and cook for a few more seconds.
    Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for 5 minutes until slightly reduced.
    Reduce the heat to low and pour in the heavy cream. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined.
    Return the chicken breasts to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
    Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

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