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Marry Me Chicken

Creamy, tomato and herbed chicken with a sprinkle of fiery heat - ‘marry me’ chicken will guarantee you a second date!


marry me chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon made with cream, chicken stock, chicken bouillon, parmesan, garlic, and spices
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Our Favorite, Easy Marry Me Chicken Recipe

Obviously this recipe sounds delicious, but why make marry me chicken tonight? Simple ingredients, wow-worthy flavors, and it will be on your dinner table in 25 minutes. Dive into a bite of tender chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and a luscious cream sauce. Minimal ingredients make this recipe budget friendly and easy to shop for. Want even better news? This recipe also comes together in a pinch. Trying to feed a crowd or looking to bulk this dish up a bit? Serve over pasta, mashed potatoes, or creamy polenta.

olive oil, chicken, salt, garlic, cream, chicken stock & bouillon, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices on the counter

What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is a quick and easy chicken breast recipe with herbs, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream. Legend has it, a few magazine food editors were testing this dish, when one expressed they would literally marry it, if they could… It was THAT delicious! From then on, Marry Me Chicken went viral and many variations were formed. This one pot chicken dish is the perfect recipe to feature at your next dinner party, family weeknight dinner or even date night. It might even land you an engagement! Pair with a chilled glass of chardonnay, lit candles, and some Michael Bublé playing in the background.

chicken breasts seasoned with salt being seared in olive oil in a skillet
garlic, heavy cream, chicken stock, bouillon, parmesan, sun dried tomatoes and spices being cooked in a skillet

Marry Me Chicken Ingredients

A creamy, easy-to-follow chicken recipe that may also involve pasta? Count us in! You might even have some of these ingredients already in your refrigerator and pantry. If you don’t have chicken stock or sun-dried tomatoes on hand, vegetable stock or roasted red peppers would be an easy swap! Spur of the moment date night and it’s your turn to cook? We’ve got you covered! In just 25 minutes you will have dinner guests begging for seconds. Here’s everything you will need:

  • Chicken breasts

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic

  • Heavy cream

  • Chicken stock

  • “Better Than Bouillon” or chicken bouillon cubes

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Sun-dried tomatoes

  • Italian seasoning

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Fresh basil

marry me chicken cooking in a skillet made with garlic, cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning and sun-dried tomatoes

What To Serve With Marry Me Chicken

This chicken alone will knock your socks off, but let’s talk about some really awesome sides to pair with dinner. We strongly suggest pasta! Spaghetti, angel hair, bucatini, penne, you name it! Cook a side of pasta, cut the chicken into slices, ladle the luxurious cream sauce over your plate, and sprinkle some parmesan over the top. Or try one of these ideas as the perfect accompaniment!

marry me chicken cooking in a skillet made with garlic, cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning and sun-dried tomatoes

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Chicken is always a crowd pleaser and oh so versatile! After you try Marry Me Chicken, add these easy chicken recipes to your weeknight meal rotation:

marry me chicken in a pan with a wooden spoon made with cream, chicken stock, chicken bouillon, parmesan, garlic, and spices

The Best Marry Me Chicken Recipe is Now Yours

Marry Me Chicken is one of our favorite chicken dishes to share because it’s super simple to make, yet full of flavor. When you make this recipe, let us know what you think! Snap a photo of your Marry Me Chicken dish and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. We can’t wait to see your creation! Happy eating!

Marry Me Chicken

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 419


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon chicken flavor “Better Than Bouillon” (or 1 chicken bouillon cube)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • Cooked pasta or mashed potatoes, for serving (optional)


  1. Pat the chicken dry. Season all over with 1 teaspoon salt.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Once the oil is glistening, add the chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  3. Add the garlic to the same skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in heavy cream, chicken stock, bouillon, ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, pepper, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and remaining salt until fully combined.

  4. Return the chicken to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes more.

  5. Top chicken with basil, remaining Parmesan cheese, and remaining red pepper flakes and serve over pasta or mashed potatoes, if desired.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories419
  • Protein55 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol181 mg
  • sodium605 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Marry Me Chicken

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jenny

    Can you freeze this dish?

    We haven't tried but we think it should freeze ok.

  • Anna Meier

    I plan to make this the day before my dinner party. I will be tripling the recipe.

    Is it best to reheat it in the oven?

    If so, at what temperature and for how long? (Remember ... I'm tripling the recipe.)

    We haven't reheated this much at one but we'd recommend doing it low and slow. Try reheating on 250 F. It might take 20-30 minutes.

  • Sara L Brown

    Can I use dark meat chicken? Like boneless thighs?

    Yes, but it will take longer to cook than the stated times in the recipe since thighs cook longer than breasts so just make sure the thighs have an internal temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit before you finish cooking. Hope you enjoy Sara!

  • Kendra Doty

    What if you don’t have enough heavy cream what do you substitute with

    There's not a great substitute for heavy cream but if you absolutely need to you could use whole milk or canned coconut milk.

  • Elaine

    Can you freeze marry me chicken

    Yes! Hope you enjoy!

  • Azshialei

    This was Super good! Changed a little bit of the recipe. I topped with fresh spinach sliced and let it cook down because my husband doesn't like basil. I cut the chicken breast in half because I don't like thick chicken. We didn't have Italian seasoning so I added in garlic powder, oregano, parsley, and sneaked in a little dried basil. The store I went to didn't have a jar of sun dried tomatoes so I used a pouch I found (way better because the jars have too much oil for my liking). I doubled the heavy cream and chicken broth because hello it's sauce. And I used a Maggie brand chicken bouillon.

    This was so good I shared the recipe with my sisters for them to try

    Love that you made it your own! Sounds so good.

  • Annie T

    Delicious but the chicken took much longer to cook than what the recipe indicates and ended up being tough and dry. I would suggest pounding the chicken breasts so they are thinner and uniform in thickness so they truly cook in the allotted time.

    Thanks Annie, glad you enjoyed it. Thickness of your chicken breast will definitely play a part on cook time for sure.

  • April Miska

    so good! added a splash of lemon juice at the end.

    Thanks April, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Donna Bright

    It was yummy. I didn't have the tomatoes so added asparagus. Served it over rice. The red pepper flakes gave a nice pop of taste.

    Thanks Donna, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Aimee

    Amazing!!!! I added white wine into the sauce. Everyone absolutely loved this dish! Even my pickiest, chicken nugget loving son. Served it with penne noodles and asparagus. We are hooked and will definitely have this in the weekly rotation!!!!

    Thanks Aimee, so happy everyone loved it!