Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken is a dish of tender sautéed chicken in a rich and creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. The recipe gained popularity after going viral on TikTok, where many users shared the recipe and claimed it will win over the heart of anyone you cook it for. Using ready-to-cook thinly sliced chicken breasts, my version of Marry Me Chicken is quick and easy to make in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or special occasion. While I can’t guarantee it’ll make someone profess their undying love to you, the balance of flavors in the dish does make it hard to resist! Serve the saucy chicken with pasta or rice and a roasted vegetable. If you’d like to add some extra greens, simply toss a few handfuls of baby spinach into the sauce before adding the chicken back to the pan.

What You’ll Need To Make Marry Me Chicken

ingredients to make marry me chicken

I use pre-cut, ready-to-cook, thin-sliced chicken breasts for this recipe. If you’d like to use regular chicken breasts, you’ll need to first cut them in half horizontally to form flat fillets, then pound them until they are between ⅛ and ¼-inch thick. (It’s important to cut them in half first; otherwise they’ll be enormous after pounding.)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Place the flour, ¾ teaspoon salt, and the black pepper in a ziplock bag and shake to combine.

flour, salt, and pepper in ziplock bag

Add the chicken to the bag; seal the bag tightly and shake to coat the chicken evenly. Set aside.

chicken in bag coated with flour and seasoning

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the flour-dusted chicken in the pan, shaking off any excess first.

sautéing the chicken in oil

Cook, flipping once, until the chicken is lightly golden and just cooked through, about 3 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

sautéing the chicken on the second side

Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds more; do not brown.

onions and garlic in skillet

Add the cream, broth, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, red pepper flakes, sugar, and ¼ teaspoon salt; use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the pan into the liquid.

cream, chicken broth, tomato paste, seasoning, and sun-dried tomatoes in skillet

Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and gently boil, uncovered, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

sauce simmering in skillet

Stir in the Parmigiano Reggiano (or Pecorino Romano) and basil.

adding basil and cheese to sauce

Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate; reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce thickens a bit more, 1 to 2 minutes.

chicken simmering with sauce in skillet

Sprinkle with more fresh basil, if desired, and serve.

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