Easy Marry Me Chicken Recipe

What is Marry Me Chicken? Delicious golden seared chicken breasts marry perfectly with a rich creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. Incredibly easy to make, on the table in under 30 minutes, and just a handful of fresh low carb (and keto-friendly) ingredients. This is one of the best chicken dinner recipes and is likely to get you to at least first base. Haha!
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What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is also known as Sicilian Chicken, and it gets its name from the popular opinion that it’s good enough to prompt a marriage proposal! This super easy Marry Me Chicken recipe has proven to be a viral recipe on Tik Tok.

With succulent skinless chicken breasts cooked until tender in sun-dried tomato cream sauce, it’s easy to believe this is true! This truly is an amazing chicken dinner recipe that is going to be a HUGE HIT at home!

Related Chicken Dinner Ideas: Tandoori Chicken / Keto Chicken Enchiladas

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Delicious! – there really isn’t a better reason to love a recipe than this!

Quick and easy – the best chicken recipe has minimal ingredients but makes a filling and delicious main meal.

Simple ingredients – all of the ingredients are basic, regular pantry and fridge items.

Low carb – at only 4g net carbs per serve, this is an ideal low-carb main meal.

Family-friendly! – This is a keto meal that will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Various cooking methods – I have given instructions for cooking this on the stove as well as in your Thermomix or Magimix.

The Ingredients

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the quantity of each ingredient used and the full detailed recipe for this delicious low-carb Marry Me Chicken recipe! Keep reading for more details on the ingredients, substitutes and step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

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Chicken breasts – I have cooked this with boneless skinless chicken, which requires minimal preparation! You can substitute skinless chicken thighs or chicken with the bone in if preferred.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – is the least processed and my preferred variant of olive oil to cook with.

Garlic – I like to buy Australian Garlic whenever possible, as the flavour from freshly minced garlic cloves is much better than from jars of minced garlic.

Chicken Broth – A good quality chicken broth or stock makes all the difference when it comes to having the best flavour. (Recipe says that there is a stock recipe on the page – I couldn’t find one!)

Fresh Thyme – If you can’t source fresh thyme, you can substitute dried thyme. As dried will have a more intense flavour than fresh, you will only need about 1/4 teaspoon of dried.

Smoked Paprika or Chilli FlakesSmoked paprika is a staple spice in many cuisines, but if you don’t have any, you can substitute chilli flakes. Chilli flakes do not add a lot of heat but are good to have for the flavour!

Sun Dried TomatoesSun dried tomatoes are available in all supermarkets. They are completely dried and have a lot of flavour. You can also buy semi-dried tomatoes, but their flavour is not as intense. For a more intense and flavourful Marry Me Chicken without sun-dried tomatoes with my Pesto Rosso instead!

Thickened cream – This is a basic keto ingredient that you are sure to have in your fridge! Whipping cream is too thin, so choose a heavy cream to substitute if you need to.

Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese – grating your parmesan is best to avoid the anti-caking agents in store-bought grated cheeses.

FAQs and Tips

How do I make Marry Me Chicken in the Instant Pot?

You can just as easily make this recipe in the Instant Pot. To do this do steps 1 and 2 in the Pot but omit the cream and parmesan at this stage. Cook on Pressure/High/3 min/Natural Release 10 min. Add the cream and parmesan and cook on saute function until the sauce thickens.

How long can leftovers of Marry Me Chicken be stored in the fridge?

The rule of thumb with chicken leftovers is that they are best used within 2-3 days of being cooked and reheated thoroughly.

Can I cook Marry Me Chicken in advance and freeze it?

Yes, you can. It is best to freeze it in portions in an airtight container. Defrost in the fridge overnight and stir the sauce together if it splits during reheating.

How can I make the Marry Me Chicken recipe dairy-free?

The dairy can be replaced with coconut cream. Omit the Parmesan and add 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavour.

How To Make It

Step 1: Sear the chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Step 2: Sauté the garlic. Deglaze the pan with the broth. Add the remaining sauce ingredients to the pan and cook for a few minutes.

Step 3: Return the chicken breasts to the pan and cook through, turning them over in the sauce a few times during cooking. Serve with chopped fresh basil, baby spinach, and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes.

What To Serve it With

Try Marry Me Chicken with pasta. It’s a hit with family members who are not following a keto diet PLUS you can serve it with our keto pasta recipe.

A great keto-friendly option is to serve it with cauliflower mash or a low carb bread roll to mop up the delicious sauce.

This delicious creamy pesto chicken with fresh basil, red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper.

Keto Meal Plans & Support

More Recipes To Try

I have lots of dinner ideas for recipes with chicken on the website as well as in my cookbooks. Some of the most popular keto chicken recipes that you might like to try are:

A creamy red pesto chicken and spinach leaves on a grey plate.

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Marry Me Chicken

This low carb keto Marry Me Chicken recipe has seared chicken breasts, cooked in a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes, fresh herbs and parmesan joined together in a delicious "marriage" of flavours!
4.98 from 172 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 3 serves
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  • 600 g chicken breast fillets cut in 3 x 200g (7oz) serves (if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely sliced
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth or chicken stock, recipe on page
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or chilli flakes
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Pesto Rosso or sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream 120g, or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • fresh parsley finely chopped for garnish



  • Heat a griddle plate over medium-high heat. Brush chicken breast with oil and sear until golden, 4-5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.
  • In same pan over medium heat add garlic, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze pan with broth scraping any bits from bottom into sauce. Add thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, pesto, and cream; cook stirring for 4-5 minutes. Add chicken and parmesan; stir through.
  • Continue to cook until the sauce is thick and glossy. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and your favorite sides.


  • Heat a griddle plate over medium-high heat. Brush chicken breast with oil and sear until golden, 4-5 minutes on each side. Transfer to the mixer.
  • In the same pan over medium heat add garlic, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze pan with broth scraping any bits from the bottom into sauce. Transfer to the mixer.
  • Add thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, pesto, and cream; cook 20 min/120°C/reverse/stir. Check chicken is cooked through and extend cooking time before the next step.
  • Remove chicken, cover to keep warm. Cook sauce for a further 10 min/120°C/reverse/speed 1/cap off or until reduced to a thick creamy sauce. Stir through parmesan. and pour over chicken. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and your favorite sides.



The chicken breast can be substituted with thigh fillets or chicken bone-in if preferred. If using thigh fillets with Thermomix method be sure to reduce the cooking time or they will shred. Check that chicken is cooked with a meat thermometer.
To make this vegetarian, swap the chicken and broth for your favourite plant-based meat or vegetables, e.g. cauliflower.
To make this dairy-free, the thickened cream can be replaced with coconut cream, and the parmesan can be substituted with 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavour.
Serve marry me chicken with pasta, cauliflower mash, steamed vegetables or low carb bread rolls.
This dish is best served on the day. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, or frozen in an airtight container. Defrost overnight in the fridge, and gently reheat to avoid splitting the sauce.
This recipe yields approximately 3-4 servings. The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. 
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 4. The result will be the weight of one serving.
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on the brands and types of ingredients used. 
All recipes have been tested using all of the cooking methods included by various recipe testers. This recipe is prepared exclusively by Megan Ellam @Mad Creations™️. If you are seeing this recipe on another website it is in breach of my copyright and not authorised. You can contact me to report it. No images or content are to be used without my consent.
The recipe card instructions contain the most basic of steps and a list of ingredients. If you have any queries, questions or are unsure of substitutions, please scroll up to the blog post for more information.

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Serving: 1serve | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 852IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 61mg | Net Carbs: 4g
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