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homemade marry me chicken with pasta.
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Marry Me Chicken with Pasta

Perfectly cooked tender chicken breasts smothered in a flavorful cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes come together to create one of the most delicious chicken recipes you'll ever enjoy.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings


  • 7 ounces sundried tomatoes in oil 7-8.5 ounce jar recommended; you will use both the oil and some of the sundried tomatoes in the recipe
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 large
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese finely grated, use more if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces pasta spaghetti or any other variety


  • Prep sundried tomatoes: Separate the sundried tomatoes from the oil with a colander. Reserve the oil for the recipe. Then measure out about 1/2 cup of the sundried tomatoes and dice them into tiny pieces. Any remaining sundried tomatoes can be used as garnish or returned to the jar with any oil that is not used.
    dicing sundried tomatoes.
  • Prep chicken: Place boneless skinless breasts, one at a time, in between two pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or a heavy-duty roller to flatten to about a 1/2" to 3/4" uniform thickness. Cut any very large pieces so that you end up with 4-6 individual portion sizes. Set tenderized chicken on a plate and cover both sides with salt and pepper.
    rolling a chicken breast to make it thinner.
  • Dredge in flour: Add flour to a dish and dredge both sides of each piece of chicken in the flour. Shake off any excess. Set flour-coated chicken on a clean dry plate and discard excess flour.
    dredging chicken breasts in flour.
  • Boil water: Add a large pot of water to the stove and begin heating it for the pasta. For best results, add a tablespoon of salt to the water.
  • Brown chicken: Heat a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 Tablespoons of the reserved sundried tomato oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add the pieces of chicken in a single layer. Allow them to cook until golden brown on the bottom. This should take 5-10 minutes for the first side and a little less time for the second side. You may have to move them around occasionally to prevent sticking. Once both sides have a crisp golden brown outside, transfer them to a plate and tent with foil to keep them warm.
    pan frying flour-coated chicken breasts.
  • Cook pasta: When the chicken is just about done, add the pasta to the boiling water and it should be done right around the same time the chicken and cream sauce are done.
    adding pasta to boiling water.
  • Saute onions and garlic: Add the 2 Tablespoons of butter to the hot pan along with the diced onion. Stir to coat in the oil and then only stir occasionally to prevent burning. After about 5 minutes, add the garlic, stir, and allow to cook for another minute or two.
    sauteing onions with garlic in cast iron skillet.
  • Create sauce: Reduce heat to medium. Add the chicken broth and heavy cream to the pan. Stir with a flat bottom spoon to deglaze and lift anything that may have stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the minced 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and finely grated parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine.
    adding sundried tomatoes, parmesan, and herbs to cream sauce.
  • Cook with chicken: Add cooked pieces of chicken back to the sauce. Reduce heat lowest level which will allow you to maintain a very gentle simmer. Turn chicken pieces. The recipe is ready to serve when the chicken is heated through and has reached an internal temperature of 165°F. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
    homemade marry me chicken in skillet.
  • Serve: When the pasta is done, drain it and toss it with about 2 tablespoons of the reserved sundried tomato oil. Serve the Marry Me Chicken by adding a portion of the pasta to a dish along with a piece of chicken and a spoonful of sauce. Top with additional parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and additional pieces of sundried tomatoes, if desired.


Nutritional information is based on six portions and includes pasta.

Storage and reheating

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. This recipe is best consumed within 3-4 days.
Any recipe with a cream sauce must be reheated gently. Either add the leftovers to a saucepan, cover, and heat over very low heat, or microwave in one-minute increments at 50% power.


Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 1192mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1231IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 3mg