Marry Me Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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Marry Me Chicken features golden chicken breasts simmered in a medley of bold ingredients like bacon, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and more! This one pan chicken recipe is served smothered in a creamy sauce that’s so good, you may just hear wedding bells.

Enjoy more easy chicken breast recipes like Crockpot Tuscan Chicken, Baked Monterey Chicken and Chicken Caprese Skillet.

overhead view of marry me chicken in black pan with parsley beside.

Marry me chicken is so worth the hype! This is one of those tried and true chicken recipes that everyone swears by, and there are so many reasons why it’s beloved.

And yes… Just as the name suggests, it’s been said that it’s so good that your meal might just end with a proposal.

It’s easy, creamy, filling, flavorful, and made all in one pan. This marry me chicken recipe checks all of the right boxes!

Why we love it:

  • One pan dinner: Easy to make and even easier to clean up. That’s two big wins in my kitchen!
  • So creamy: Thanks to the heavy cream that gets stirred in at the end, this chicken recipe is delightfully creamy.
  • Flavorful: Oh yes. There are a lot of ingredients that’ll make your mouth water! Garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and more create a medley of seriously satisfying flavors.
  • Versatile: There are quite a few ways to customize this recipe to best fit your tastes. Scroll down to check out some of my recommended variations to try.
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Marry Me Chicken Ingredients:

ingredients needed for marry me chicken in bowls and on plate.
  • Chicken Breasts: You can swap these with thighs if you’d like.
  • Chicken Broth: I recommend using low-sodium broth and sprinkling in more salt as needed.
  • Cream: Heavy cream is recommended for the thickest, creamiest results! A lighter cream may be used but the final results won’t be as creamy.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Make sure to drain them well prior to chopping and using.
  • Tomato Paste: This enhances the tomato flavor in a wonderful way!
  • Cornstarch: This is used to thicken the sauce.
  • Bacon: This adds a great savory and salty flavor to the dish. Feel free to omit or swap with pancetta or turkey bacon if preferred.
  • Onion: A white or yellow onion both work very well.
  • Garlic: Feel free to measure with your heart!
  • Seasonings: Add the best flavor to your marry me chicken with red pepper flakes, salt, parsley, oregano and thyme. Adjust as needed.

How to make Marry Me Chicken:

Here’s a quick look at how to make this marry me chicken recipe! Scroll to the bottom of this page for detailed ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

  • Flatten the chicken just enough so that each breast has an even thickness.
  • Season and sear the chicken until golden on each side.
  • Sauté the bacon and onions.
  • Stir in the garlic, herbs and seasonings.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Stir in the flour (or cornstarch slurry). Whisk in the broth and heavy cream, reduce the heat, and add the chicken back in.
  • Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Swap the flour. This can easily be swapped with corn starch if that’s what you have on hand. Just whisk it into an equal portion of liquid before stirring it in.
  • Use chicken thighs. If you choose to use thighs instead of breasts, just make sure they’re boneless and skinless.
  • No bacon? No problem. You can omit this ingredient entirely if you’d like. It adds an amazing flavor, but you don’t need to use it if you don’t want to. Or, swap it with turkey bacon!
  • Turn up the heat. I add just enough red pepper flakes to create flavor without making it spicy. Feel free to kick things up a notch by adding more red pepper flakes.

How to Store Marry Me Chicken

If you have any leftovers, you’re in luck! Marry me chicken keeps very well in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Just make sure it’s in an airtight container.

You can reheat your chicken with a splash of broth or water in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warmed through. Try to be careful so you don’t scald the creamy sauce.

a blue dish with pasta and sauce being spooned on.

Can I freeze Marry Me Chicken?

Sure thing! Let the sauce and chicken all fully cool to room temperature prior to storing in an airtight, freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Don’t forget to date and label! Let the chicken slowly thaw in the fridge prior to reheating.

How can I thicken the sauce?

If you notice that your sauce is on the thinner side, have no fear! You can always create a slurry (cornstarch and broth) and stir in a little bit at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

What to serve with Marry Me Chicken:

Serve marry me chicken over something hearty that’ll help you soak up every last drop of that delicious sun-dried tomato cream sauce! Buttered Noodles, Baked Rice, or mashed potatoes are all popular choices. I also like to lighten up my plate with a veggie side dish like air fryer broccoli.

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Marry Me Chicken recipe

5 from 11 votes
Marry Me Chicken features golden chicken breasts simmered in a medley of bold ingredients like bacon, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and more! This one pan chicken recipe is served smothered in a creamy sauce that's so good, you may just hear wedding bells.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 430cal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 lb)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon (chopped)
  • ½ medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes (drained and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • parmesan and fresh parsley for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil.
  • Place chicken breasts on a large cutting board, cover with plastic wrap and flatten the thicker end slightly so they are an even width).
  • Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper and sear on both sides until light golden, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add bacon to the pan and cook until starting to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until translucent and starting to brown.
  • Stir in garlic, oregano, parsley, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt and cook 1 minute. Add sun dried tomatoes and tomato paste and cook 1 more minute.
  • Stir in the flour until absorbed. Whisk in broth and cream and reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the chicken back in, cover and cook until an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.

Notes

Ingredients and Substitutions:
Chicken: feel free to swap the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer. 
Bacon and onion: you can omit one or both of these, but they add significant flavor to the base of our sauce. 
Herbs and seasonings: feel free to experiment with the herbs you have around the house, and swap in fresh herbs if they’re in season. Kick things up a notch by increasing the red chili flakes if that’s your style.
Flour: flour thickens our sauce. If you need a gluten-free alternative, you can whisk together one tablespoon of corn starch and one tablespoon of broth and stir that into the sauce.
Broth: I always choose low sodium broth. If you are using salted broth, you may want to reduce the added salt and season at the end before serving.
Heavy cream: heavy cream thickens and reduces nicely, adding richness to the sauce. If you use a lighter cream, you can expect a thinner sauce.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 191grams | Calories: 430cal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Nadine says

    Outstanding , I made this for 8 people served with rice,
    I made the recipe early in the day, then covered the pot and put it into my warming drawer.

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