Marry Me Chicken

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If you want a chicken dinner that will leave everyone amazed, this recipe is for you. Chicken breasts are seared until they’re golden and then baked in a simple, but totally satisfying, cream sauce that’s bursting with flavor. Whether it’s a special Valentine’s Day treat or just a fancy dinner on a regular night, get ready for some serious love-at-first-bite vibes with this chicken.

So, what’s “Marry Me” chicken all about? Well, it’s like Ina Garten’s “Engagement Roast Chicken,” but even tastier! Our editors couldn’t stop raving about it, with some even saying it’s so good, it’s marriage material. Hence, the name: a chicken dish so divine, it might just inspire a proposal!

What makes this Italian-inspired chicken so amazing? The seared chicken breasts cook alongside a simple yet rich cream sauce in the oven, soaking up all those delicious flavors. The result? Flavor-packed chicken with a creamy sauce that’s perfect for pouring over anything—or just enjoying by itself!

How to whip up “Marry Me” chicken:
After searing your chicken breasts, it’s all about making a simple cream sauce with garlic, fresh thyme, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Then, let the seared chicken simmer in the oven, soaking up all that incredible flavor.

Here’s a pro tip: Sear the chicken until it’s golden, make a sauce with the chicken drippings, add the chicken back in, and bake until it’s fully cooked. It sounds fancy, but it’s a cooking trick anyone can master!

What goes well with this chicken?
You can enjoy it solo or pair it with melting potatoes, Parmesan roasted green beans, or cacio e pepe Brussels sprouts. Feeling extra indulgent? Serve it over pasta or garlic and feta mashed potatoes, and don’t forget the garlic bread to soak up that creamy sauce!

Got leftovers? Score! Just pop them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If the sauce thickens too much, add a splash of water before reheating.

Marry Me Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil torn, for serving


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper, then sear until golden on each side for about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes, cooking until fragrant for about 1 minute. Add the broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, and season with more salt if needed. Let it simmer, then return the chicken to the skillet.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the chicken is fully cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Garnish with torn basil and serve up your delicious “Marry Me” chicken!

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