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Marry Me Chicken

Published on 01/05/2024 by Umamiology
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With this Marry Me Chicken recipe, your dinner table will seem like a fancy, high-end restaurant. Tender chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy parmesan sauce will create the perfect flavor symphony, for a romantic night in or any special occasion.

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It took 2 years of dating for me to convince my wife to marry me. But if I knew back then, this amazing recipe for Marry Me Chicken, we probably would have been married in about a week.

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And we’ve been married for over 10 years now, so I don’t really need to harness the power of this recipe anymore.

But for those of you that are not yet married – a bit of warning, DO NOT make this for anyone you don’t want to marry. The power of this dish is incredible – it’s like the Elder Wand from Harry Potter… be careful how you wield it.

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What makes this recipe so dangerous is its flavorful union of tender chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine, fresh herbs and creamy parmesan sauce. It’s a culinary delight that’ll elevate your dinner experience to marriage level!

Why Is It Called Marry Me Chicken?

No one knows for sure, but as I mentioned above, this is a dish so amazing that whoever you serve it to, will want to marry you.

Umamiology Disclaimer: Umamiology makes no guarantee on the effectiveness of this dish. Personal results may vary based on your level of attractiveness and potential to be a good marriage partner. If needed, please seek professional relationship advice from a different source – we are a food blog. 😄

The Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken

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The Equipment Needed

Pan-Sear Your Chicken Breast

The key to amazing Marry Me Chicken, is a moist and tender chicken breast.

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Start by mixing your all-purpose flour, salt, pepper and smoked paprika into a large bowl or dish. Ensure all of these dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.

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Place a flat hand on top of your chicken breasts and slice through each breast horizontally so that each resulting piece is 1/2 the original thickness.

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Pro Tip: Take a fork and poke through each of the chicken breast pieces (every half inch or so), until you have pierced the entire surface of each breast piece. This will help make the chicken tender.

Then dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour (making sure every inch of the chicken is coated), then set aside on a rack until you are ready to cook them.

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In a large sauce pan (or skillet), add in olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot and looks shimmery, place 2 chicken breast pieces in the pan and cook each side for approximately 3-4 minutes or until they develop a slight sear.

Pro Tip: When cooking chicken breast, do not over-crowd the pan. It may cause the chicken to cook more slowly, possibly release steam and affect the sear that you may get on your breasts. Also, do not over cook the chicken – in fact, it’s ok if the chicken is slightly under cooked in this stage, because you’ll finish cooking the breasts in the sauce that we’ll make in the next step.

Once the chicken has been searing for about 3-4 minutes, remove from the pan and set aside.

Crafting The Marry Me Chicken Cream Sauce

In your pan, you should have the fond from searing the chicken breast – use all of that flavorful goodness in this sauce.

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To your pan (on medium-high heat), add in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil that your sun dried tomatoes came in, your flour, minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until the flour starts to turn a slight golden brown color.

Pour in your white wine and stir until all of the flour has dissolved. Be sure to deglaze the pan of all of the chicken fond that remained from the sear.

Then add in your sun dried tomatoes (minced), red chili flakes, oregano, tomato paste, heavy whipping cream, grated parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.

Pro Tip: Buy a fresh block of parmesan cheese and grate it yourself with a microplane. You’ll definitely notice the flavor quality difference between freshly grated parmesan cheese and the pre-made, store-bought product.

Give the sauce a good stir, increase your heat to high and let it come to a boil.

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Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, add in your chicken breast and let the sauce simmer and thicken by about a 1/3 (about 10 minutes or so).

Then add in the juice of half a lemon and sprinkle in your minced parsley. Let it simmer for a couple more minutes – or until the chicken feels done.

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Then turn off the heat, and top with strips of fresh basil leaves (optional).

Serve over pasta or rice and enjoy!

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With this Marry Me Chicken recipe, your dinner table will seem like a fancy, high-end restaurant. Tender chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy parmesan sauce will create the perfect flavor symphony, for a romantic night in or any special occasion.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Ingredients 

Seared Chicken Breasts

Marry Me Chicken Cream Sauce

Instructions 

Pan-Sear Your Chicken Breast

  • The key to amazing Marry Me Chicken, is a moist and tender chicken breast.
  • Start by mixing your all-purpose flour, salt, pepper and smoked paprika into a large bowl or dish. Ensure all of these dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
  • Place a flat hand on top of your chicken breasts and slice through each breast horizontally so that each resulting piece is 1/2 the original thickness.
  • Pro Tip: Take a fork and poke through each of the chicken breast pieces (every half inch or so), until you have pierced the entire surface of each breast piece. This will help make the chicken tender.
  • Then dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour (making sure every inch of the chicken is coated), then set aside on a rack until you are ready to cook them.
  • In a large sauce pan (or skillet), add in olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot and looks shimmery, place 2 chicken breast pieces in the pan and cook each side for approximately 3-4 minutes or until they develop a slight sear.
  • Pro Tip: When cooking chicken breast, do not over-crowd the pan. It may cause the chicken to cook more slowly, possibly release steam and affect the sear that you may get on your breasts. Also, do not over cook the chicken – in fact, it's ok if the chicken is slightly under cooked in this stage, because you'll finish cooking the breasts in the sauce that we'll make in the next step.
  • Once the chicken has been searing for about 3-4 minutes, remove from the pan and set aside.

Crafting The Marry Me Chicken Cream Sauce

  • In your pan, you should have the fond from searing the chicken breast – use all of that flavorful goodness in this sauce.
  • To your pan (on medium-high heat), add in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil that your sun dried tomatoes came in, your flour, minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until the flour starts to turn a slight golden brown color.
  • Pour in your white wine and stir until all of the flour has dissolved. Be sure to deglaze the pan of all of the chicken fond that remained from the sear.
  • Then add in your sun dried tomatoes (minced), red chili flakes, oregano, tomato paste, heavy whipping cream, grated parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.
  • Pro Tip: Buy a fresh block of parmesan cheese and grate it yourself with a microplane. You'll definitely notice the flavor quality difference between freshly grated parmesan cheese and the pre-made, store-bought product.
  • Give the sauce a good stir, increase your heat to high and let it come to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, add in your chicken breast and let the sauce simmer and thicken by about a 1/3 (about 10 minutes or so).
  • Then add in the juice of half a lemon and sprinkle in your minced parsley. Let it simmer for a couple more minutes – or until the chicken feels done.
  • Then turn off the heat, and top with strips of fresh basil leaves (optional).
  • Serve over pasta or rice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 23gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 2716mgPotassium: 961mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2793IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 4mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

Why is it called Marry Me Chicken?

No one knows for sure, but the rumor is, that this is a dish so amazing that whoever you serve it to, will want to marry you.

How do you serve Marry Me Chicken?

This easy Marry Me Chicken recipe can be served over pasta or rice.

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