Marry Me Chicken – A luscious, flavorful and creamy chicken dish that will make you swoon! This easy recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and one pan, worthy of a marriage proposal!
With a name like marry me chicken, this is the perfect dish to cook up for someone special! Using simple ingredients to create maximum flavor, this recipe is incredibly easy, but nonetheless dreamy.
Bone-in chicken thighs are cooked in a beautiful cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh garlic and parmesan cheese, then baked until tender and juicy -paired with your choice of side dish. This is a homerun meal that will surely make whoever you choose to serve it to fall in love.
What is marry me chicken?
Chicken (breasts or thighs) are sauteed in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and seared. A sundried tomato cream sauce combines the flavors of fresh garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese to produce a luscious sauce that coats the chicken before being thrown into the oven and baked to perfection. Marry me chicken is an easy, crowd-pleasing, 30-minute meal!
This dish is so delicious, whoever you make it for will be instantly smitten! It has been rumored that this chicken dish will make whoever eats it fall madly in love and soon after, a marriage proposal will follow. I don’t know if these rumors are true, but it’s worth a shot! *wink*
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- Olive Oil – Substitute for canola oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil or avocado oil.
- Chicken – Chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on!
- Salt & Pepper – To taste.
- Garlic – Fresh is best! Minced.
- Oregano – I used dried oregano!
- Red Pepper Flakes – For a little heat.
- Chicken Broth – I used low sodium or no sodium added (to control the salt levels)
- Cream – Heavy cream.
- Sun-dried Tomatoes – Chopped.
- Parmesan cheese – Freshly grated!
- Parsley – Fresh, chopped – For garnish (basil will work as well)
How to make marry me chicken
- Preheat Oven – Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
- Cook Chicken – In a large, oven-safe skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper on both sides, add it to the skillet (skin side down) and sear for 4 to 5 minutes until golden. Flip and repeat. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Make Sauce – Turn the heat down to medium. In the same skillet add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, then stir in broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer, then return chicken to skillet, skin-side up.
- Bake – Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 17 to 20 minutes.
- Garnish & Serve – Garnish with parsley or basil and serve over rice or with a side of steamed vegetables.
- The chicken is cooked through when juices run clear (when chicken is pierced with a knife.)
How to serve
Serve your creamy marry me chicken over a bed of rice or pasta to soak up all that gorgeous sauce, then pair it with a side of vegetables like steamed broccoli or roasted brussels sprouts to complete the meal! Here is a list of other great options to pair with your chicken:
- Spaghetti squash
- Mashed Potatoes
- Warm Arugula Mushroom Salad
- Cauliflower Rice
- Sautéed mushrooms
How to store leftovers
Store leftover chicken in a shallow, airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days.
Reheat in the microwave or back in a skill until chicken is heated through.
Did you like this chicken recipe? Try these:
- Baked Chicken Thighs
- Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
- Bruschetta Chicken
- Honey Garlic Chicken
- Harissa Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
- Garlic and Paprika Chicken
- Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken
- Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms
- Chicken Teriyaki
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Marry Me Chicken
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on, about 6
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¾ cup chicken broth low sodium or no sodium added
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped, or basil for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
- In a large, oven-safe skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper on both sides then add it to the skillet skin side down and sear it for 4 to 5 minutes until golden. Flip and sear the other side for another 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Turn the heat down to a medium and it the same skillet add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then stir in broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary with more salt or pepper. Bring to a simmer, then return chicken to skillet, skin-side up.
- Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 17 to 20 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley or basil and serve over rice or with a side of steamed vegetables.
Tips & Notes:
- The chicken is cooked through when juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife.
- Store leftover chicken in a shallow, airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days.
- Reheat in the microwave or back in a skill until chicken is heated through.