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Parmesan Proposal - Marry Me Chicken

For some reason, Marry Me Chicken is all over the food blogs as if it’s something new. But it’s been around for years. It’s still a great dish, though, and it’s quick and easy, so give it a try if you’ve never had it.

The old wives’ tale says that if a man is on the fence about whether or not he wants to propose to a woman and she serves this, the chicken is so good that the deal would be sealed.


4 large chicken breasts boneless and skinless, sliced lengthwise into thin cutlets (about 2 1/4 pounds)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic minced

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

½ cup Parmesan cheese grated

1 teaspoon chili flakes

¼ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon thyme

⅓ cup sundried tomatoes chopped

1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts, optional


Season chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour and shake off any excess.

In a large skillet, toast the pine nuts on low heat, turning them often.

Remove the pine nuts to a bowl and set aside.

In that same skillet, heat olive oil and melt the butter on medium heat. Swirl pan to coat with oil and butter evenly.

Brown the chicken (do not overcrowd and work in batches if needed) for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer onto a plate, cover, and set aside.

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.

Adjust the heat to medium-low, and 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, thyme, and oregano.

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.

Garnish with chopped fresh basil leaves and nuts, serve warm over pasta or rice.

I used ditalini because it carries the sauce really well and it one of my favorites.

If it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, this actually has a chance of bringing on an offer of marriage - it’s delicious. Garlic bread would be a great addition.

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