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Marry Me Chicken

Updated: 5 days ago

As a chef, I am proud to present my recipe for Marry Me Chicken, a dish that is sure to steal your heart! The legend says that if you cook this dish for your significant other, they will propose without a second thought. This dish is perfect for a family dinner, as it is quick and easy to prepare, making it the ideal option for busy weeknights or Valentines dinner. You can also try Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken recipe if you don't have much time in your busy life :)

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What is Marry Me Chicken?

As a chef, I am always searching for new and exciting recipes to share with my audience. Today, I would like to introduce you to a mouth-watering pan-fried chicken dish, featuring a rich and creamy sauce, combined with the distinct flavour of parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and a hint of heat from chilli flakes.

The key to this dish is to start by pan-frying the chicken until it is crispy and golden brown. This creates a delicious, caramelized crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and tender.

The combination of flavours in this dish is truly divine. The richness of the cream, combined with the nutty and salty flavour of the parmesan cheese, creates a base that is both satisfying and comforting. The sun-dried tomatoes add a touch of sweetness, while the garlic and oregano bring a fresh, herby taste to the dish. The chilli flakes add just the right amount of heat to balance everything out.

I encourage you to give this dish a try. Whether you are a seasoned home cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will surely impress your family and friends. I guarantee that once you taste this dish, you will never want to go back to plain old chicken again.

Marry Me Chicken in the pan
Marry Me Chicken looks so good!

This recipe makes: 4 portions

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken

  • 3 medium-sized chicken breasts, each breast sliced into cutlets

  • 100g (3.5oz) of plain flour (in the bowl)

  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 150g (5.3oz) of sun-dried tomatoes, finely diced

  • 2tbsp of olive oil (or oil from the sun-dried tomatoes)

  • 30g (1oz) of butter

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely diced

  • 200ml (0.21quarts) of vegetable stock

  • 300ml (0.31quarts) of heavy cream (double cream)

  • 30g (1oz) of grated parmesan cheese (plus an additional 10g for garnish)

  • 1tsp tomato paste

  • 1tbsp oregano

  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish

  • salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 1tsp of chilli flakes (optional)

How to prepare Marry Me Chicken

1. Preheat the oven to 140C (284F) and place sliced cherry tomatoes on the tray. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Slow-roast for 45 minutes.

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2. Season sliced chicken breasts with salt and coat them in plain flour. Place the chicken on a plate, taking care not to stack the slices, as they may stick together.

3. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, pan-fry the chicken breasts until both sides are golden brown. You may need to do this in three batches. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and cover it with another plate to keep it warm (Remember to always use a food thermometer to ensure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 74C (165°F) to ensure that it's fully cooked and safe to eat).

4. Add diced garlic to the pan and sauté for one minute. Add vegetable stock and stir to remove any bits stuck to the pan. Add heavy cream and parmesan cheese, then simmer for 2 minutes. Mix in 1 tsp of tomato puree, and season with oregano and chilli.

5. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and the chicken to the pan and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5 - Marry Me Chicken in cast iron pan, overhead photo.
Marry Me Chicken Ready for Dinner!

6. Garnish the dish with semi-dried cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Serve with pasta, rice, pearl barley, or boiled potatoes. Enjoy!


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Tips for cooking Marry Me Chicken:

  • Start with high-quality chicken breasts - Look for chicken breasts that are firm and plump, with no signs of spoilage.

  • Reheating - When reheating the chicken, use a frying pan and add a small amount of water. Heat gently to preserve the quality of the sauce. Avoid using the microwave as it can cause the sauce to separate.

  • Shape - For a romantic presentation, use small chicken breasts and cut them in a butterfly shape. This will result in a heart-like appearance."

  • Don't forget wine - Merry Me Chicken goes perfectly with Red wine like Merlot and Pinot Noir or White Chardonnay.

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