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This Marry Me Chicken recipe features juicy pan-seared chicken in a rich savory sauce with garlic, sundried tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It takes less than 15 minutes to make this restaurant-quality meal, and it’s naturally gluten free and keto!

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If you’re looking for romantic date night dinner ideas for two, you’ve come to the right recipe.

Marry Me Chicken has minimal ingredients, but packs a punch of flavor. And no matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, you’ll easily be able to tackle this dish.

Despite being easy to make, this recipe is elegant and impressive. It’s the perfect thing to whip up for that special someone, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or any date night at home. Everyone goes crazy for it!

Chicken cutlets get a quick sear in a hot skillet, and then you build the sauce right in the same pan. Garlic, fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, chicken stock, and heavy cream come together in a lusciously dreamy sauce that looks like it took way more effort than it actually did.

Make it a meal and serve up Marry Me Chicken with a green vegetable and something to sop up all that delicious sauce!

front view of creamy tuscan chicken cutlets in skillet

The Origin of Marry Me Chicken

The interesting name of this chicken recipe has a fun backstory. When Delish editors tasted this recipe, supposedly they started saying things along the lines of this chicken being marriage material and “I’d marry you for that chicken!” (You can read more about this dish on Yahoo and find the original recipe on Delish.)

I can’t speak to whether or not this chicken has actually been the catalyst for a marriage proposal. But what I am sure of is that it’s pretty delicious!

seared chicken cutlets in creamy sauce in cast iron skillet

The Original Marry Me Chicken Recipe

The original Marry Me Chicken features chicken thighs in a creamy sundried tomato and thyme sauce.

I made a couple changes. The biggest difference is that I use chicken cutlets instead of thighs. This helps keep the recipe extremely quick to cook. My version comes together in less than 15 minutes!

The other change I made is that I use rosemary instead of thyme because I love its woodsy aroma paired with garlic and sundried tomatoes. Both rosemary and thyme are delicious here, so use whichever you prefer. Just be sure to use fresh instead of dried for maximum flavor.

Marry Me Chicken Ingredients and Substitutions

marry me chicken ingredients
  • Chicken cutlets – If you can’t find chicken cutlets at your grocery store and you don’t have time to head to a butcher shop, you can easily make them yourself. Get 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1/2 pound), and place it between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Use a meat mallet to pound the chicken breast thin until it’s about doubled in size. Cut the cutlet into 2 pieces, and voila, you have 2 chicken cutlets!
  • Salt and black pepper – These simple spices elevate the flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – We sear the chicken in olive oil, and then whip up the creamy sauce in the same skillet.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic adds tons of flavor and aroma.
  • Fresh rosemary – This woodsy herb pairs well with the flavors of garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. However, you can use any fresh herb you like, such as thyme, oregano, basil, etc.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – Little flecks of sun-dried tomato stud the creamy sauce and add bursts of flavor.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – We use just a touch of crushed red pepper flakes for a slight touch of heat to balance the cream.
  • Low-sodium chicken stock – Or you can use chicken broth here.
  • Heavy whipping cream – Cream is the base of our sauce, and it lends a silky smooth texture.
  • Parmesan cheese – Just a touch of parmesan cheese adds a ton of savory, salty, nutty flavor.

Instructions

Pan-sear the chicken cutlets.

pan seared chicken breast cutlets in cast iron skillet

Remove the chicken and make the creamy sauce.

close up of creamy marry me chicken sauce

Add the chicken back to the skillet, douse it with sauce, and serve!

Special Diet Friendly

As written, this recipe is gluten free, low carb, and keto.

Marry Me Chicken FAQs

What is Marry Me Chicken?

The original recipe from Delish editors consisted of chicken thighs served in a creamy sundried tomato and thyme sauce.

What Should I Serve with Marry Me Chicken?

This dish has a savory creamy sauce built right in, so it’s wonderful served with something to soak up the sauce. Rice, pasta, or potatoes are all good choices. And you can add garlic bread for sopping up the sauce if you want.

Additionally, to round out the meal I like to serve this easy Marry Me Chicken recipe with a green vegetable. Steamed green beans are my first choice, but broccoli is also great.

If you want to keep it keto, you can serve this dish with Mashed Cauliflower or Spicy Garlic Broccoli.

How Can I Turn This Into a Marry Me Chicken Pasta Recipe?

It’s so easy; just slice the chicken and serve the chicken and sauce on a bed of your favorite pasta!

pan seared chicken breast with creamy garlic sauce

Is Marry Me Chicken Keto?

Yes! Without sides, one serving of this has just 4g net carbs.

Here are a few side dish serving suggestions to keep the full meal low carb and keto friendly:

More Chicken Cutlet Recipes to Make

marry me chicken dinner with potatoes and green beans

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Marry Me Chicken Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
This Marry Me Chicken recipe features juicy pan-seared chicken in a rich savory sauce with garlic, sundried tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It takes less than 15 minutes to make this restaurant-quality meal, and it's naturally gluten free and keto!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Lay the chicken out on a cutting board and season both sides with the salt and black pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and turn the heat down to medium. Cook until the chicken is browned on the outside and fully cooked inside. This takes about 3 to 4 minutes on the first side and about 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and drape a piece of foil on top.
  • Turn the heat down to low. Add the garlic to the same cast iron skillet and cook 10 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the rosemary, sundried tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, chicken stock, and heavy whipping cream. Let it come up to a boil, and then cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chicken cutlets into the creamy sauce.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary or basil if desired. Serve.

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 4g per serving (half of recipe)

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Marry Me Chicken, Easy Marry Me Chicken, Marry Me Chicken, Marry Me Chicken Recipe, Recipe for Marry Me Chicken

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delish, added some mushrooms and used rosemary infused olive oil. Thanks for a great dish!

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this and it was a hit with the whole family! Will definitely be going in our regular dinner rotation. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious flavor profile. Rich, creamy, and savory.

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