Marry Me Chicken: A “Say Yes” Recipe

Hello, Lafayette Moms! If you’re anything like me, you know the joy of finding a recipe that’s as reliable as your favorite streaming binge and as cherished as your coziest blanket. Enter the Marry Me Chicken. This dish isn’t just a dinner — it’s a love letter to your taste buds, and it’s guaranteed to get the whole family saying “I do” to seconds! I have proof.

– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 shallot, finely chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1/2 cup chicken broth
– 1 tsp dried thyme
– 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to keep peace at the table)
– 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed, drained and chopped)
– 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
– Extra Parmesan and basil for garnish


1. Prep the Chicken: Start by giving your chicken a good seasoning of salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken until it’s golden and no longer pink in the middle, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set it aside (and keep those juices in the pan!).

2. Make the Magic Happen: In the same skillet, add the chopped shallot and sauté until soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute—don’t let it burn unless you want a slightly smoky flavor). Stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Let it simmer until the sauce thickens slightly. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan until the cheese melts into the sauce.

3. Combine: Return the chicken to the skillet, spooning that glorious sauce over the top. Let it all simmer together for another 3-4 minutes to let the flavors marry beautifully.

4. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with fresh basil and more Parmesan. I love to serve this over fettuccine noodles—it just catches the sauce so well.

Versatility is the Spice of Life

What I adore about this recipe, aside from its straightforward charm, is how the ingredients play so well in other dishes. Got leftover cream, Parmesan, and some of that chicken broth? Why not whip up a quick Alfredo sauce and serve it over steak or toss it with some veggies?

Let’s Talk!

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to mix up my go-to recipes. How have you tweaked the Marry Me Chicken to make it your own? What are your favorite dishes to create with these versatile ingredients? Share your culinary adventures in the comments below—I’d love to try your suggestions!


Happy cooking, everyone! May your meals be as easy, delightful, and adaptable as this one!

Rochelle Campbell
Rochelle was born and raised in Lafayette, LA. She is a passionate writer and new mom, navigating the joys and challenges of motherhood. Married to her high school sweetheart, she cherishes the journey they've shared together in Acadiana. With an unwavering belief in the power of community, she is passionate about building connections and uplifting those around her. Rochelle believes that together, through sharing a smile, lending a helping hand, or offering a listening ear, we can create a world filled with love and positivity.


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