Marry Me Chicken

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Marry Me Chicken has quickly become a family favorite and a go-to for special occasions, featuring seasoned, breaded chicken cutlets nestled in creamy parmesan and sundried tomato sauce. This skillet dinner not only ranks high among popular recipes for its quick and easy preparation, but it’s also a delicious and easy chicken recipe to enjoy with loved ones.

A skillet with chicken breasts cooking in a sauce with sundried tomatoes, heavy cream, and basil.


If you’re looking for something cozy yet refreshing, Marry Me Chicken is it! The sun-dried tomatoes give the chicken plenty of zesty, tangy flavor, while the heavy cream and parmesan cheese make it a Tuscan-style dish that’ll warm your soul. Tender chicken cutlets are breaded and cooked until juicy, and then they go right into all that creamy, saucy goodness! As you can probably imagine, this dish hits all the right notes for me. I’m all about chicken skillet recipes, and who doesn’t love a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce? This creamy, dreamy dinner has all of that and more. Plus, it’s super easy to make, even on a busy weeknight.

What Is “Marry Me Chicken?”

The joke is that this recipe is so good that whoever you serve it to might just fall in love! That’s right; this recipe is so good it could even spark a marriage proposal, in theory. I mean, stranger things have happened! Whatever the case, this is one amazing chicken recipe – with or without a wedding.

Four chicken cutlets arranged in a skillet with cream sauce and sundried tomatoes.

What You’ll Need

This is a perfect weeknight dinner recipe that takes regular chicken breast and turns it into a mouthwatering, Italian-style dinner made with simple ingredients in around 30 minutes.

  • Chicken: This recipe uses skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: To taste.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Coconut flour works great, too. I use it all the time in place of all-purpose flour.
  • Spices: Sweet paprika and onion powder give the chicken a wonderful earthy sweetness.
  • Herbs: Dried thyme and basil give a punch of herbal freshness. You could also use Italian seasoning.
  • Butter and Olive Oil: For sauteing. Canola oil and avocado oil also work great.
  • Garlic: Press or mince four cloves of fresh garlic or use about 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste.
  • Broth: Low-sodium chicken stock is my favorite, but you could also use vegetable broth or even dry white wine.
  • Cream: Heavy cream enriches and thickens the sauce mixture to velvety perfection.
  • Parmesan: Freshly grated parmesan cheese adds the perfect finishing touch to this flavorful recipe.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: For a tiny hint of spice, a teaspoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes is just the thing. You can omit this, if you prefer.
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes: Chop up sun-dried tomatoes in oil to give the dish its pretty color and warm, sunny flavor.
  • Chopped Fresh Basil: For garnish.

How To Make Marry Me Chicken

This easy recipe is so flavorful, and it only takes a few minutes to pull together! Put this one on your weekly menu rotation – it’s that good, and that fast.

  1. Bread the Chicken Cutlets. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Next, mix the flour, paprika, onion powder, thyme, and basil together in a shallow dish and dredge the cutlets in the seasoned flour.
  2. Saute. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer and cook for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Place the cooked chicken on a plate and cover.
  3. Make the Sauce. Wipe down the skillet. Add some oil to it and stir in the garlic. Then, pour the chicken broth into the skillet. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the cream, parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the Tomatoes and Chicken. Last, add the sundried tomatoes to the skillet, and let them cook for a little before adding the chicken cutlets. Simmer until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is heated through.
  5. Enjoy! Remove from the heat, garnish the chicken with basil, and serve warm.
Chicken breasts in a skillet with a creamy sauce, sundried tomatoes, and chopped basil.

Recipe Tips

  • Heavy Cream: I really recommend heavy cream here! Half and half would work, but don’t go lighter on the dairy than that. You want plenty of richness to make the sauce thick and flavorful.
  • Parmesan: The best parmesan is usually freshly grated, so if you have time, grab a block or wedge at the store and grate it right before you add it to the dish.
  • Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be substituted for the cutlets, but in that case, you will need to cook them for slightly longer. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness – chicken is cooked through when its internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Veggies: For an extra boost of nutrition, feel free to stir in a half-cup or so of frozen peas, fresh green beans, mushrooms, spinach, or whatever veggies you like!

Serving Suggestions

  • Pasta: It probably goes without saying, but one of my favorite ways to serve Marry Me Chicken recipe is with a hearty pasta side. Olive Pesto Pasta is a great option, and so is angel hair pasta.
  • Breadsticks: Any store-bought or homemade breadstick recipe would be great – or try this easy Cheesy Keto Zucchini Breadsticks recipe.
  • Cauliflower Rice: Just make a batch of Garlic Asiago Cauliflower Rice with Mushrooms – it’s a savory, satisfying side you’ll crave.
Chicken cutlets in a creamy sauce with sundried tomatoes cooking in a skillet.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To store, place leftover Marry Me Chicken in an airtight container or food storage bag. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing this because the cream sauce is likely to separate after freezing and thawing, spoiling the texture and taste.
  • To reheat, place in a covered skillet over low heat and cook until the chicken is fully heated through. Do not overcook, or the chicken will become dry. If the dish seems dry, you can add a splash of water, milk, or broth.

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Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken is a skillet dinner prepared with breaded chicken cutlets in a creamy parmesan and sundried tomato sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


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  • Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow mixing bowl, combine flour, sweet paprika, onion powder, dried thyme, and basil. Dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour mixture and shake off any excess.
  • Melt butter and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the chicken cutlets to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and transfer to a plate; keep covered.
  • Return the skillet to the burner, add a tablespoon of olive oil, and stir in the garlic; cook for 15 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook for a minute.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Decrease heat to medium-low and let sauce simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the sundried tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Return chicken cutlets to the skillet and let simmer for about 2 minutes, or until sauce is thickened and chicken is heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with basil and serve.


  • Heavy Cream: Stick with heavy whipping cream for a thick, flavorful sauce. Half and half is okay, but avoid lighter options.
  • Parmesan: Freshly grated is best for optimal flavor.
  • Chicken: Thighs can replace cutlets, but they need a bit more cooking time.
  • Veggies: Boost nutrition by adding half a cup of peas, green beans, mushrooms, or spinach.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Kathy Ortega says:

    This is my family’s favorite dish! Sometimes I don’t have leftovers and if I do it’s mine! Delicious!!

  2. Kathy says:

    I love this dish and so does my family!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s wonderful to hear! It’s always great when a dish is a hit with the whole family! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Shannon McCarthy says:

    Are there any options to substitute for sun-dried tomatoes? I don’t have any on hand.