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Marry Me Chicken Alfredo Pasta

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This Marry Me Chicken Recipe is so divine, with cream sauce and tender chicken, it’s perfect for special occasions and might even spark a marriage proposal! This creamy chicken pasta is also a 30-minute meal making it perfect for weeknight dinners.

Marry Me Chicken Alfredo in a skillet.

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What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is born from a dish so divine, it could spark an instant proposal. Tender chicken bathed in a luscious, creamy sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce, served with perfectly al dente penne pasta—a blend of flavors promising love at first bite. To add more veggies to your meal, try this Pasta With Broccoli!

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Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast: Using boneless skinless chicken breasts ensures the Marry Me Chicken Alfredo has that impeccably tender, juicy bite, perfectly complementing the creamy sauce. I start by seasoning them generously with salt and pepper before searing in a hot skillet to achieve that irresistible golden brown crust that’s just begging for a marriage proposal. Boneless skinless chicken thighs can be substituted.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Rich, flavorful sun-dried tomatoes in oil, adding tang to our creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and can be found in your local grocery store.
  • Onion: Chopped onion layers into this creamy sauce, infusing a subtle sweetness that elevates the dish’s flavor complexity magnificently.  
  • Minced Garlic: Fresh garlic plays a crucial role, adding a pungent, aromatic layer that beautifully complements the savory notes of the chicken and sauce. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Just a pinch of red pepper flakes add a gentle heat, enhancing the marry me chicken pasta’s flavor without overwhelming the creamy sauce. 
  • Alfredo Sauce:A jar of Alfredo sauce transforms this dish into a quick, creamy delight, perfect for a cozy, heartwarming meal. 
  • Parmesan:Grated parmesan cheese is crucial, adding a salty, nutty flavor that beautifully ties together the rich, creamy sauce and tender chicken
  • Optional Chopped Basil: Garnishing with fresh basil adds a vibrant burst of color and a fragrant, aromatic finish that perfectly complements the creamy richness of the Alfredo sauce.
  • Penne Pasta: Use a substantial pasta like penne, rigatoni, or fettuccini. For more flavor, cook the pasta in chicken stock instead of water. 
Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken Alfredo Pasta.

​How to Make Marry Me Chicken Pasta

[Step 1] Heat a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta in boiling water al dente according to package directions.

Penne pasta boiling in a pot.

[Step 2] While the pasta is cooking, season chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I used the oil from the jar of sundried tomatoes) in a large skillet and cook chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through.

Chicken cooking in a large skillet.

[Step 3] Remove the chicken from the skillet and cook the chopped onion in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic & red pepper flakes and cook for 2 more minutes.

Chopped onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a large skillet.

[Step 4] Add the sauce, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese to the onion mixture and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. Add the cooked chicken and drained cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to coat. Sprinkle the top with more parmesan and chopped basil if desired.

Marry Me Chicken Alfredo in a skillet.

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How to Store Leftovers

Keep your Marry Me Chicken Alfredo fresh! Simply tuck any leftovers into an airtight container and chill in the fridge, ensuring it stays delicious for 3-4 days

A bowl of Marry Me Chicken pasta.

Tips for Success

  • Achieve the perfect creamy sauce consistency by simmering your sauce on a low heat, stirring frequently to avoid any lumps forming and ensuring a smooth, velvety finish that clings perfectly to your al dente pasta. 
  • Ensure your pasta is cooked al dente by timing it carefully according to the package instructions. It should be firm to the bite, which is essential for the perfect marry me chicken alfredo experience. 
  • Adjust seasoning to personal preference by tasting your sauce as you go. Don’t be afraid to add a little more garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, or an extra sprinkle of parmesan to get that ideal balance of flavors tailored just for you. 

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Marry Me Chicken Alfredo in a skillet.

Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Marry Me Chicken Recipe is so divine, with cream sauce and tender chicken, it's perfect for special occasions and might even spark a marriage proposal! This creamy chicken pasta is also a 30-minute meal making it perfect for weeknight dinners.

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Penne Pasta
  • 1.5 - 2 Pounds Chicken Breast, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Oil from Sun Dried Tomatoes, divided
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 (22 Ounce) Jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoons Basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta in boiling water al dente according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, season chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I used the oil from the jar of sundried tomatoes) in a large skillet and cook chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken from the skillet and cook the chopped onion in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic & red pepper flakes and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the sauce, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese to the onion mixture and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. Add the cooked chicken and drained cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to coat. Sprinkle the top with more parmesan and chopped basil if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 445mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 54g

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