Things To Make Chicken With

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I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I have. It’s hard sometimes to think of things to make chicken with. I heard a lot about the 10 different types of sauces for chicken but my brain has gone elsewhere and has been in a slump. I have checked some recipes online but I’m looking for something less ordinary so I can bring new dishes to my dinner table and not cook the same meals over and over again.

Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken is creamy, juicy, and full of flavor! It’s said that this chicken dinner is so good that if you make it for your partner, a marriage proposal will be his next question.

This creamy chicken is also family-friendly, and definitely a crowd-pleaser! All you need to make this wonderful dish is just a few ingredients and half an hour from your time.

One of my most popular recipes on the blog is my Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken, a recipe with so many 5-star ratings. Everyone loves chicken cooked in a cream sauce, and when it’s combined with garlic, parmesan cheese, and sundried tomatoes, honestly there’s no better combination.

Marry Me chicken is as good as the Tuscan chicken, if not better. You’d think that it’s very similar, but it tastes quite different and the textures are probably more interesting.

Another family favorite where chicken is combined with a creamy incredible sauce, and the whole thing is cooked in just 25 minutes is this creamy lemon chicken. It’s a family favorite, and if you still haven’t seen it, make sure that you check it out and give it a try!

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What Is Marry Me Chicken?

Now let’s talk about the name. It’s a funny name and I’m sure you agree with me. When I first heard of it, I thought, what? Who marries who and why? But it’s said that because of how amazing this recipe is, if you make it for your partner they’ll instantly fall in love with your cooking and will propose immediately because the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? Sounds good? So let’s get cooking!

A close up shot of marry me chicken cutlets smothered in creamy sauce and sundried tomatoes

How To Make Marry Me Chicken

It’s a very easy recipe and requires less than 30 minutes of your time. So you can still make it even if a dinner date isn’t properly planned in advance as long as you have all of the ingredients.

What You’ll Need:

Ingredients needed to make marry me chicken
  • Chicken breast – sliced into cutlets. You literally just slice them in half to make them thinner. If you use whole chicken breasts, you’ll need to finish this off in the oven to make sure that they’re cooked through. But I like cutlets better in this recipe.
  • Flour, salt, and pepper – you will dredge the chicken in flour for that lovely golden and crispy crust.
  • Olive oil and butter – to brown the chicken I use olive oil and butter for flavor. You can even use the sundried tomato oil for extra flavor. That’s free flavor there!
  • Garlic – because it makes everything taste better!
  • Chicken or vegetable stock – I recommend using chicken stock, but if all you have available is vegetable stock then that works perfectly fine.
  • Heavy cream and parmesan cheese – for a super creamy and flavorful sauce. Do not use single or light cream as it won’t thicken the sauce very well.
  • Chili flakes, dried oregano, and thyme – for extra flavor.
  • Sundried tomatoes – what makes this dish so special!
  • Fresh basil leaves – for garnish.

Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

The Directions

How to make marry me chicken
  1. Dredge the chicken in seasoned flour, and shake off any excess flour. Transfer to a plate but do not stack the chicken as they will stick to each other.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat, heat the oil and melt the butter.
  3. Brown the chicken on both sides until it’s golden brown, transfer onto a warm plate, cover, and set aside.
  4. Saute the garlic for a minute or until it’s fragrant. Add the chicken stock, and deglaze the pan scraping any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the heavy cream and the parmesan cheese to the skillet. Allow the sauce to simmer for a couple of minutes, then season with chili flakes and oregano.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to your taste, add the sundried tomatoes then put the chicken back in the sauce and let the sauce simmer and thicken for a few more minutes.
  6. Marry Me Chicken is now ready! Just garnish with chopped fresh basil leaves and serve warm over pasta or rice.

What To Serve Marry Me Chicken With

  • My favorite way to serve Marry Me Chicken is over pasta. This garlic butter pasta is So good, but if you make a lot of sauce then plain pasta works great.
  • You can also serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, or with crusty bread. Try making homemade breadsticks, they’re so good!
  • For a low-carb meal, serve it with butternut squash or zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice.
Creamy Marry Me Chicken in a stainless steel skillet, with a serving spoon

Top Tips

  • Chicken cutlets/steaks are available in most supermarkets, but you can slice a chicken breast in half and get the same result.
  • When sauteing the garlic, add a little bit of sundried tomatoes oil for more flavor.
  • Do not use single/light cream as that won’t thicken the sauce enough.
  • I recommend buying a block of parmesan cheese and grating it yourself. I found that store-bought parmesan cheese doesn’t have much flavor, and doesn’t dissolve well in sauces.
Slicing the chicken breast cutlet

Storing Tips

Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven, you will need to add a splash of water to thin out the sauce as it thickens in the fridge.

I don’t recommend freezing creamy sauces as they change textures to grainy when frozen.

5-MINUTE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN (+ VIDEO)

A 5-ingredient, 15-minute honey garlic chicken with an addictively delicious sauce - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe!
A 5-ingredient, 15-minute honey garlic chicken with an addictively delicious sauce - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

A 5-ingredient, 15-minute honey garlic chicken with an addictively delicious sauce – a perfect quick + easy weeknight dinner recipe!

We are somehow back to Monday and this will be M’s first full, 5-day week of kindergarten. 😬

15-minute Honey Garlic Chicken

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We’ve also got fall activities ramping up and both my husband and I have busy work schedules this time of year.

So quick and easy is the name of the game most nights! (Though, yes, that’s pretty much always the case 😉 )

This honey garlic chicken recipe fits the bill – just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes are all you need to whip up this dinner.

And just wait until you taste the sauce. Oh that sauce! I literally eat it from the pan with the spoon.

A 5-ingredient, 15-minute honey garlic chicken with an addictively delicious sauce - a perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

I also drizzle it over everything on my plate – the chicken, the rice, the veggies… All of it gets coated in this delectable sauce.

It’s got sticky sweet honey, the salty rich soy sauce, a kick of garlic and a hint of spice from the red pepper flakes.

It gets glazed on to the chicken and simmered down and concentrated slightly so it’s ready to drip and drizzle all over your plate. Please, put it ALL over your plate!

So freakin’ good!

I also use this sauce in my slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe, if you want to check that one out for a hands-off dinner you can start earlier in the day. 👍

And sometimes I take this dinner a step further and make honey garlic chicken stir fry. It’s loaded with veggies and ready in about 25 minutes.

NOTES ON THIS EASY HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN RECIPE:

  • Be careful not to overcook the chicken. The pieces are small so they cook fast, which is kinda the point with this dinner. But you don’t want them to go too far and be overdone.
  • On the other hand, that sauce is seriously so good, it’ll disguise your chicken if it gets a little overdone. It’s nice to have a forgiving dish!
  • You could substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of the chicken breasts if you prefer, but the cooking time will be longer.
  • To make a complete meal, just add some steamed rice and a veggie. 👍

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