This Marry Me Chicken is a delicious dish containing chicken, garlic, sundried tomatoes, and parmesan cheese in a buttery, creamy sauce. It’s low-carb and great for a keto diet.
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Marry Me Chicken is a popular dish that gets its name from its supposed ability to make someone fall in love with you upon tasting it. It’s a delicious and easy-to-prepare meal that combines juicy chicken breasts with a rich and creamy sauce made from garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.
Rumors say that it also gets its name from how all the ingredients “marry together”, which I definitely agree with because this dish is very tasty. If you’re looking for a dish that’s easy to make, incredibly flavorful, and sure to impress, then you should definitely make Marry Me Chicken.
This recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, a family meal, or even a dinner party with friends. The combination of the chicken and the sauce creates a deliciously decadent and flavorful dish that will leave you and your guests wanting more.
Ingredient’s You’ll Need
- Chicken Breasts – To make thinner pieces that cook quicker, you can slice a chicken breast in half.
- Salt & Pepper – These are perfect to season this dish.
- Olive Oil – Olive oil is to cook the chicken in and it adds more healthy fats. Coconut or avocado oil are suitable alternatives.
- Garlic – Garlic adds a strong savory taste to this dish.
- Chicken Stock – If you want to you can use vegetable broth. Just make sure it’s low sodium.
- Heavy Cream – Adds to the dish’s richness and creaminess. Half and half could also be used.
- Parmesan Cheese – Use high-quality, freshly grated Parmesan, if possible.
- Chili Flakes – You can adjust the amount to your preference.
- Italian Seasoning
- Sundried Tomatoes – Make sure to chop them in half.
- Fresh Basil Leaves – Fresh basil works best for this recipe.
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How to Make Marry Me Chicken
Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. When hot, add the chicken and saute for 3-4 minutes on each side. It won’t cook through in this amount of time. You’re just getting some color on it. Remove it from the pan and set it aside.
Turn down the heat on the pan. Add the garlic and cook for just 30 seconds. You don’t want to scorch or burn the garlic or it will impart a bitter flavor and pungent aroma. Pour in the chicken stock. Deglaze the pan to remove any browned bits.
Turn the heat down to medium low. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes to thicken it.
Add the seasonings and sundried tomatoes. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 3-5 minutes to further thicken the sauce and warm the chicken.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
Additional Helpful Tips
- You might be tempted to clear out the pan once you’ve finished cooking the chicken, but don’t! Continue creating the sauce while the juices from the chicken remaining in the pan. This will add a lot of flavor to the sauce.
- If you don’t have sun-dried tomatoes, you can substitute them with fresh diced tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
- If you want to make the sauce a little healthier, you can substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half. Though the sauce won’t be as creamy and it will take longer to thicken.
- To add more flavor, add a dash or two of white wine to the garlic before adding the stock.
- When cooking the chicken, avoid moving it around too much as this can prevent it from browning properly.
- If the sauce is too thin, allow it to simmer for a few extra minutes to thicken it up.
- If you’re making this dish for a special occasion, you can garnish the chicken with fresh herbs or lemon wedges for an extra pop of flavor and color.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I store leftover Marry Me Chicken?
Transfer the chicken and sauce to an airtight container or a covered baking dish. You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When reheating the chicken, it’s best to do so in the oven or on the stovetop over low heat. This will help the chicken to retain its texture and flavor, and prevent the sauce from separating.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat the leftovers within 3 days, you can also freeze the Marry Me Chicken. Simply transfer the chicken and sauce to a freezer-safe container or airtight freezer bag, and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Should I pound the chicken breasts?
I don’t find it necessary to pound the chicken if it’s been sliced in half, but if the pieces are still rather larger or they are uneven on one side, you can pound the chicken to make it more uniformly sized.
To pound the chicken breasts, place them between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to gently pound them to an even thickness.
How can I tell if the chicken is cooked through?
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. The chicken is cooked through when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
What to Serve With This Dish?
If you’re looking for a great side dish to serve alongside this main dish, why not try one of these recipes below. They will compliment this main dish very well and are all low in carbs so you can make a great keto or low-carb meal to enjoy.
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Easy & Delicious Marry Me Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts sliced into 2 thin pieces each
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/3 cup sundried Tomatoes chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves chopped
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. When hot, add the chicken and brown for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook for just 30 seconds. Pour in the chicken stock. Deglaze the pan to remove any browned bits.
- Turn the heat down to medium low. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes to thicken. Add the seasonings and sundried tomatoes. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 3-5 minutes to further thicken the sauce and warm the chicken.
- Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.