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Reader-favorite ‘Marry Me Chicken’ made even better with tender penne pasta! The noodles hold the cheesy, sun-dried tomato sauce inside for a burst of flavor in each bite! It’s sure to win over anyone that tries it.

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A serving of marry me chicken pasta in a white dish.

Marry Me Chicken Pasta Recipe

This marry me chicken pasta is one of my favorite recipes. Perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions, and ready in 30 minutes! Marry me chicken on its own is absolutely to die for, but even better when you add those tender penne noodles to soak up all the sauce!

The sauce in this recipe is a mouthwatering combination of sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, cream, garlic, and delicious seasonings. It’s rich and creamy, but has an addictive tang because of the sun-dried tomatoes added. You’ll love it!

Everything You’ll Need

These simple ingredients come together to create a restaurant-quality dish that everyone will love! Marry me chicken pasta is creamy, tangy, savory, and so satisfying!

  • Chicken Breasts: Skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces so they cook evenly.
  • Penne Pasta: Traps the creamy sauce perfectly.
  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings give the marry me chicken pasta its first layer of flavor!
  • Olive Oil: Used to sear the chicken in.

For the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce:

  • Butter: Creates a rich base for the sauce and adds creaminess.
  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is best!
  • Flour: To thicken up the sauce with.
  • Chicken Broth: Adjusts the consistency of the sauce and also adds savory flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Creates a luxurious, creamy texture. You can also use half and half as a lighter option.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grated parmesan adds sharp, cheesy flavor and richness.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Tangy and delicious, for that classic ‘Marry Me’ flavor!
  • Paprika: Adds a bit of smoky warmth.
  • Italian Seasoning: Blend of herbs like oregano, basil, and thyme.
  • Fresh Basil: Aromatic garnish that adds a pop of freshness!

How to Make Marry Me Chicken Pasta

How to make this knockout dinner in just 30 minutes! My family loves marry me chicken pasta so much, it’s always in the dinner rotation.

  1. Cook Penne: Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and then set aside while you prepare the chicken and sauce.
  2. Cut Chicken: Cut the chicken into 1-inch bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Sear Chicken: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink and cooked through.
  4. Set Aside: Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate, and set it aside while you make the sauce.

Sauce

  1. Sauté Garlic, Make Roux: Return to the same skillet, then add the butter. Once it is melted, sauté the garlic for 30 seconds until it’s fragrant. Then add in the flour and stir to make a paste.
  2. Add Liquid Ingredients and Cheese: Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese.
  3. Stir in Remaining Ingredients: Stir in the drained sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Simmer: Simmer the sauce for a few minutes so it can thicken.
  5. Combine: Return the chicken to the skillet along with the cooked pasta. Then stir to coat the chicken and pasta in the sauce.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with chopped basil leaves and additional parmesan cheese.
4-photo collage of the pasta, chicken, and sauce being prepared.

Tips for Success

Marry me chicken pasta is really straightforward and simple to make, but here are a few extra tips to ensure you end up with perfection.

  • Check the Temperature of Your Chicken: The best way to check if your chicken is done and keep it from overcooking is by using a meat thermometer. It should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit. (74 degrees celcius)
  • Add a Little Heat: Bring more warmth to the dish by sprinkling in red pepper flakes to taste!
  • Use Freshly-Grated Cheese: I know it’s not quite as convenient, but if possible, use freshly grated Parmesan! It has better flavor and will melt more evenly into the sauce.
Top-down view of marry me chicken pasta in a white skillet.

How to Store Marry Me Pasta

Everyone will love this marry me pasta so much that I doubt you will have leftovers. But in case you do, save and heat up your leftovers for a quick and satisfying lunch!

  • In the Refrigerator: Keep leftovers tightly covered in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: Reheat gently in the microwave or stovetop over medium-low heat, and you’re ready to go! Add a splash of cream if needed for moisture.
Closeup of the sun-dried tomato pasta.

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Marry Me Chicken Pasta

4.95 from 18 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Reader-favorite ‘Marry Me Chicken’ made even better with tender penne pasta! The noodles hold the cheesy, sun-dried tomato sauce inside for a burst of flavor in each bite! It’s sure to win over anyone that tries it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

Chicken Pasta

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce

Instructions 

Chicken Pasta

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside while you prepare the chicken and sauce.
  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink and cooked through.
  • Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate, and set it aside while you make the sauce.

Sauce

  • Return to the same skillet, then add the butter. Once it is melted, sauté the garlic for 30 seconds until it's fragrant. Add in the flour and stir to make a paste.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese.
  • Stir in the drained sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Simmer the sauce for a few minutes for it to thicken.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet along with the cooked pasta. Stir to coat the chicken and pasta in the sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped basil leaves and additional parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition

Calories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 41gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 962mgPotassium: 1248mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1260IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 278mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian American, tuscan
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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32 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this dish and I have to say it is now My Favorite Pasta Dish! My picky husband even loved it. The sauce exploded with flavor and it was so easy to make. I did use left over rotisserie chicken breasts, and I added fresh spinach to the sauce before adding the pasta. I didn’t have fresh basil. I used my favorite spices. I think the sun-dried tomatoes add so much flavor to the cream sauce. Thank you Ms Alyssa for sharing this Keeper/Winner! I won’t want to go out for Italian Pasta any longer bc this recipe is The Best!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Sooooo goood. First time leaving a review for a recipe. Definitely deserved. Me personally I like a little less sun dried tomatoes. So only a quarter cup. But goodness I ate so much and got so full after a long day of intense work. I couldn’t stop lol. Had air fried garlic toast as a side paired perfectly!

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe but for my family, I added a head & half of chopped garlic, some chopped artichoke hearts and about a cup of chopped, fresh spinach. It’s now a favorite. Thanks! LOVE your site & all your wonderful ideas & recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    Used rotisserie chicken and was delicious! Sundried tomatoes gives this a really great flavor , and I don’t really like them . Thank you – was easy too!