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!
Marry Me Chicken on a grey and white plate with baby spinach leaves.

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 TikTok.

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 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 and in a 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! 

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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.

Chicken Broth – A good quality chicken broth or stock makes all the difference when it comes to having the best flavour. (The 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!

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.

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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 the 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 and 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!
4.99 from 176 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 3 serves
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Ingredients 

  • 600 g (1 ⅓ lb) chicken breast fillets cut in 3 x 200g (7oz) serves (if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 1 clove (1 clove) garlic finely sliced
  • ½ cup (0.5 cup) Chicken Broth or chicken stock, recipe on page
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) smoked paprika or chilli flakes
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) Pesto Rosso or sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (0.75 cup) thickened cream 120g, or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (0.5 cup) grated parmesan
  • fresh parsley finely chopped for garnish

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • 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.

THERMOMIX MARRY ME CHICKEN

  • 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.

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Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS
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.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH KETO MARRY ME CHICKEN
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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Nutrition

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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82 responses to “Easy Marry Me Chicken Recipe”

  1. Kerri N

    5 stars
    This chicken dish is divine. Easy, one pan, no fuss, everyday ingredients. It’s high on my rotation! Love love love it!

  2. Janine

    5 stars
    Delicious! Finally got around to making this. The whole (non-keto) family loved it My only trouble was that I used pre-grated parmesan and it clumped in the sauce, rather than integrating. I’m all about convenience – maybe I’ll try the finely grated next time!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So good to hear you enjoyed it. Just use whatever parmesan you prefer and stir it through for a smooth sauce. x

  3. Tracey

    3 stars
    Loved this recipe
    But did I miss a step ? With the chicken stock / broth

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I don’t know did you? It is in step 2 in both methods

  4. Genevieve N

    5 stars
    What a great sauce. So tasty that I had to get some bread to soak it up. Will make some pasta to go wi5 it next time.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Good to hear you enjoy it

  5. Melissa

    5 stars
    Whole family found it very bland, I will give it another chance and bump up the flavours

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So sorry to hear Melissa. Did you use the Pesto Rosso?

  6. Monica B

    5 stars
    Sensational. Will make this again for sure. All my family loved it.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  7. Lynda

    5 stars
    This is such a great chicken meal . The flavours do marry well together.
    It’s a great name for this recipe.
    I will definitely be making this one again . Totally delicious and full of flavour and nice and quick to make as well.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  8. Jenny D

    5 stars
    My husband said he would marry me again after I served this sublime chicken dish! I only wished I had made the recipe sooner.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Haha!

  9. Lynda H

    5 stars
    What a CRACKER of a dish Megan !!!! Love hoe easy it was to make. Taste incredible… bring in left overs tomorrow ❤️❤️

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So good to hear you enjoyed it Lynda.

  10. Chenée

    5 stars
    This chicken lives up to its name! The flavors and creamy sauce can hook anyone forever!!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So good to hear you enjoyed it

  11. Lauren Michael Harris

    5 stars
    I love the name of this chicken. The ingredient list is simply divine – definitely can see how it got the name. I’m already married, buuuuuut I’m going to see my husbands reaction when I make it for him haha!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Lol

  12. Loreto and Nicoletta

    5 stars
    This looks super delicious. We love our chicken done in a sauce. The sun dried tomatoes add such a deep robust flavor, and well parmigiano, being Italian we put that stuff on everything!😁🥰😋👍🙏

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So good to hear a tasty review from an Italian. Thanks so much for trying it.

  13. Uma

    5 stars
    I love the name of the dish. That creamy sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs and parmesan joined together sounds delicious.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy it Uma!

  14. Amanda Mason

    5 stars
    Delicious! I served this over pasta and it was amazing! My family has already asked me to make it again!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Woohoo!

  15. Marcellina

    5 stars
    Seriously one of the tastiest chicken dishes ever! Creamy and satisfying!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! So good to hear!

  16. Debra

    5 stars
    I made this with cauliflower…what a fabulous suggestion….and it was INCREDIBLE. Totally gobbled up, and so easy. Will definitely make it again.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! So glad you loved it Debra.

  17. david

    5 stars
    so good i really want to marry it. is this how the names comes to? but my wife and i have been trying to do keto and this is wonderful and helpful

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Hahaa!

  18. Oscar

    5 stars
    Yes, I’ve always loved chicken in a sundried tomato sauce, this looks delicious. Saving this one. Thank you.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy it!

  19. Natalie

    5 stars
    Yes, I’m making this for sure. Looks fantastic. Perfect weekday dinner idea.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy!

  20. Leslie

    5 stars
    What a cute name for such a delicious recipe! Definitely makes sense when you have a recipe that tastes this good!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Leslie.

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