Delicious Marry Me Chicken: Easy Step-by-Step Recipe

You’re about to embark on a culinary journey, crafting a dish so delectable it’s dubbed ‘Marry Me Chicken.’

With this recipe, you’ll transform ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary meal.

It’s not just about cooking, it’s about creating memories, stirring passion, and savoring every bite. Get ready to impress with a dish that’s as delicious as it is memorable.

Welcome to the secret of winning hearts through the stomach. Let’s make magic in the kitchen!

What Is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is a creamy and flavorful chicken breast recipe ideal for your dinner party, weeknight family meal, or even a romantic date.

The name “Marry Me Chicken” is often associated with the idea that the dish is so delicious that it could inspire someone to propose marriage after tasting it.

The recipe has become popular for its combination of savory flavors and the tenderness of the chicken.

This enticing dish is a symphony of taste. It combines the succulence of chicken with the richness of heavy cream, the tanginess of sun-dried tomatoes, and the heat of chili flakes.

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You’ll sauté garlic, deglaze with chicken stock, and create a sumptuous sauce with Parmesan cheese that will envelop your chicken in a blanket of flavor.

Each bite is a tantalizing journey, where the crispy crust of the chicken contrasts beautifully with the velvety sauce.

It’s not just a meal, it’s a love letter cooked into a dish.

How To Make Marry Me Chicken

You will need

Chicken breast

Slice it into cutlets. This simply involves halving them to make them thinner.

If you use whole chicken breasts, they’ll need to be finished off in the oven to ensure they’re thoroughly cooked. However, I prefer cutlets for this recipe.

Flour, salt, and pepper

These are used to dredge the chicken, creating a beautifully golden and crispy crust.

Olive oil and butter

I use these to brown the chicken, adding flavor.

For even more taste, consider using the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. That’s free flavor right there!

Garlic

Because it enhances the taste of everything!

Chicken or vegetable stock

I suggest using chicken stock, but if you only have vegetable stock on hand, that works just as well.

Heavy cream and Parmesan cheese

These ingredients create a wonderfully creamy and flavorful sauce. Avoid using single or light cream as it won’t thicken the sauce adequately.

Chili flakes, dried oregano, and thyme

Add extra flavor.

Sun-dried tomatoes

These are what make this dish so unique!

Fresh basil leaves

These are used for garnish.

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Ingredients

  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly cutlets
  • 6 tablespoons (50 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup (43 grams) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves

Steps

1. First, coat the chicken in seasoned flour, making sure to shake off any leftover flour. Place the chicken on a plate, but avoid stacking them to prevent sticking.

2. Next, in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat, warm up the oil and melt the butter.

3. Brown the chicken on both sides until it turns golden brown. Once done, move the chicken to a warm plate, cover it, and set it aside.

4. Proceed to sauté the garlic for about a minute, or until its fragrance is noticeable.

5. Then, add the chicken stock and use it to deglaze the pan. This can be done by scraping any stuck bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

6. Afterward, add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese to the skillet. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes, then season it with chili flakes and oregano.

7. Adjust the taste of the sauce with salt and pepper to your liking, and then add the sun-dried tomatoes.

8. Return the chicken to the sauce and let it simmer and thicken for a few more minutes.

9. Your Marry Me Chicken is now ready to serve! For the final touch, garnish it with chopped fresh basil leaves. It is best served warm over pasta or rice.

What To Serve with Marry Me Chicken

When planning your Marry Me Chicken meal, keep in mind that it’s wonderfully versatile and pairs well with a range of side dishes.

A bed of fluffy garlic butter pasta makes an excellent base, soaking up the creamy sauce, and enhancing the dish’s richness.

For a touch of homestyle comfort, creamy mashed potatoes or a side of buttery rice works wonders.

If you’re leaning towards a more rustic feel, crusty bread serves as a delightful sponge for the savory, creamy sauce.

Looking for a low-carb alternative? Butternut squash zucchini noodles, or even cauliflower rice, provide a wholesome, healthy substitute.

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Top Tips

To make your Marry Me Chicken even more incredible, here are a few top tips you’ll want to remember:

  • Slice your chicken breasts into thin cutlets, this not only ensures quicker cooking but also helps the flavors to penetrate more.
  • Consider using boneless, skinless chicken thighs as a delicious substitute.
  • When sautéing your garlic, add a bit of sun-dried tomato oil for an extra flavor boost.
  • Always opt for heavy cream over single or light cream to achieve a lusciously thick sauce.
  • And remember, grating your Parmesan cheese promises a superior flavor and texture.

Follow these tips and your Marry Me Chicken will be irresistible.

Storing Leftovers

After following these tips and creating your irresistible Marry Me Chicken, you’ll need to know how to properly store any leftovers.

To keep the flavors intact, transfer the leftovers to an airtight glass container while they’re still warm, not hot.

Allow the dish to cool completely before sealing the container. This prevents moisture build-up, which could make your chicken soggy.

Refrigerate promptly after cooling, as this can reduce the risk of bacterial growth.

Your Marry Me Chicken will keep fresh for up to three days in the refrigerator.

For reheating, use a microwave or oven until hot throughout. You should incorporate a bit of water to dilute the sauce as it becomes thicker in the refrigerator.

However, remember that creamy sauces like this one don’t freeze well, so it’s best to enjoy your leftovers within the refrigeration timeframe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Origin of the Name ‘Marry Me Chicken’?

You’re probably wondering about the ‘Marry Me Chicken’ name.

Legend has it that the dish earned its romantic moniker when a food magazine editor playfully suggested he would marry it after savoring its exceptional deliciousness.

It’s said to be so delicious, your partner could propose after tasting it!

An irresistible mix of flavors, it’s truly a love story on a plate.

Can I Use Different Types of Cheese Other Than Parmesan for This Recipe?

Of course, you can switch up the cheese in this recipe. Try using Romano cheese or Asiago cheese for a different flavor profile.

Remember, the creamier the cheese, the richer your sauce will be.

Are There Any Vegetarian Alternatives That Can Be Used in Place of Chicken in This Recipe?

You can certainly swap chicken with vegetarian alternatives. Try tofu or seitan, both absorb flavors well.

Use portobello mushrooms for a meaty texture.

Your Marry Me Chicken will still be a delicious, proposal-worthy dish.

How Can I Adjust the Spiciness of the Dish Without Compromising the Flavor?

To adjust the spiciness of Marry Me Chicken, you can reduce the chili flakes. Don’t worry, it won’t compromise the flavor.

The sun-dried tomatoes and herbs will still give it a fantastic taste.

What Wine Pairs Well With Marry Me Chicken?

You’re curious about wine pairings, aren’t you? A bold Chardonnay complements the rich, creamy flavors of Marry Me Chicken.

It’s like a match made in heaven, enhancing your romantic dinner to another level.

Final Words

So, are you ready to cook up some magic with this Marry Me Chicken recipe? Remember, it’s not just about the dish – it’s about the experience.

Can you already taste the tender chicken, creamy sauce, and tangy sun-dried tomatoes? With every bite, you’ll understand why it’s called Marry Me Chicken.

Now go on, roll up your sleeves, and create a meal that could lead to a marriage proposal!

Who said romance isn’t delicious?

Delicious Marry Me Chicken

With Marry Me Chicken, you're diving into a creamy and flavorful chicken dinner that's so delicious it might just make your partner propose.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly cutlets
  • 6 tbsp (50grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (28 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup (43 grams) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • First, coat the chicken in seasoned flour, making sure to shake off any leftover flour. Place the chicken on a plate, but avoid stacking them to prevent sticking.
  • Next, in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat, warm up the oil and melt the butter.
  • Brown the chicken on both sides until it turns golden brown. Once done, move the chicken to a warm plate, cover it, and set it aside.
  • Proceed to sauté the garlic for about a minute, or until its fragrance is noticeable.
  • Then, add the chicken stock and use it to deglaze the pan. This can be done by scraping any stuck bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  •  Afterward, add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese to the skillet. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes, then season it with chili flakes and oregano.
  • Adjust the taste of the sauce with salt and pepper to your liking, and then add the sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Return the chicken to the sauce and let it simmer and thicken for a few more minutes.
  • Your Marry Me Chicken is now ready to serve! For the final touch, garnish it with chopped fresh basil leaves. It is best served warm over pasta or rice.

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