Relish in the flavors of major Tuscan flavors with my Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken recipe! Using homemade Tuscan seasoning, heavy cream, sundried tomatoes, white cooking wine, parmesan, hints of lemon flavor, and kale, this decadent chicken dish comes together in a flash, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. Even the kids will love this creamy chicken! Dairy-free + Vegan options.
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When I think easy weeknight meals, I instantly think of chicken and anything that I can make in one pan. Don't you? This Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken recipe fits both those bills (oh there's a soup form---'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup that's a MUST), and then some, believe me. It's packed with deeply rich and savory flavors from jammy tomatoes, herbs and a fragrant Tuscan herb blend. Plus, it's creamy, juicy, and full of flavor in every bite. Try this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread as a delicious side or this Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast with Broccoli or Hot Honey Baked Chicken Breasts recipe as your next weeknight dish! And if you're a lover of gnocchi, then you'll love this oven-baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe!
If you have chicken breasts (or any other part of the chicken that's your fave) in your freezer right now, start defrosting because you're going to want to make this for dinner tonight. Plus, I have this Baked Tuscan Chicken and Gnocchi and Healthy Weeknight General Tso's Chicken which are completely a delish alternatives! And if you love this Marry Me chicken recipe then you'll love this Creamy Lemon Herb Parmesan Chicken, One Skillet Creamy Cajun Chicken Orzo, and Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
This is a one-pot meal, so cooking and clean-up are as easy as can be. Simply sear the seasoned chicken breasts (best when marinated overnight) in the skillet, then make the sauce. Finish the chicken inside the sauce so that it cooks all the way through and absorbs all of the wonderful Tuscan flavors. My creamy chicken is perfect served with gnocchi (as pictured), mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, veggies, or your favorite side dish.
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Overall, this creamy chicken dish is definitely family-friendly, comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be personalized based on preference----i.e. sub with your favorite side dish or eat without meat by subbing things like mushrooms, tofu, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc.
OK, so you're probably wondering why this dish is called Marry Me Chicken, right? I know. Honestly, based on my research, this was a TikTok recipe that went viral and apparently once you eat it, it'll make someone want to marry you. Haha. However, I can totally understand why this concept came to life because it literally is THAT GOOD! Of course, I had to put my own spin on it and add a bit of additional flavors which was the perfect fit.
You're guaranteed to fall in complete love with this Marry Me Chicken recipe---trust me! Traditionally, Marry Me Chicken consists of chicken breasts, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, and basil. However, for this chicken recipe, I chose to add a nice Tuscan-style twist to things by adding my homemade tuscan blend, garlic, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, tomato paste, cooking wine, and fresh tomatoes, for a rich, flavorful main course.
This is a very simple recipe, but it does have three components: sundried tomatoes, homemade Tuscan blend, and the chicken itself. Cooking Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken is generally an easy process—in total about 30-35 minutes. You first start by cleaning and washing your chicken pieces to ensure that they are clean and ready to be seasoned. I like to wash my chicken with both vinegar and lemon (or lime) to help keep things clean and sanitized.
Once your chicken is clean, then it’s seasoning time! I’m all about seasoning every “layer” of my food, therefore, the chicken gets direct seasoning and so does the sauce. Let everything marinate for 5-10 minutes, however, marinating your chicken overnight brings about even more flavor. Just store seasoned chicken in a safe, sealable bag like ziplock and add to a less crowded area of the fridge.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and once fully heated, add the minced garlic, sautéing until fragrant and translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add the seasoned chicken and cook on each side until seared, about 3-4 minutes each side. Once brown on each side, add in the remaining ingredients and bring everything to a simmer until the chicken becomes tender and fully cooked through.
The ingredients for this creamy chicken dish are important for developing the right flavor notes. Here’s what you’ll need:
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
The herb-roasted tomatoes offer a delicious umami-packed flavor foundation for the creamy chicken dish.
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the tomatoes in the fridge unit you're ready to make the chicken. They'll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there's nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Tuscan spice mix for this recipe are inspired by the fresh herbs that grow in Italy, mixed with a bit of heat from smoked paprika.
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread.
Use different cuts of chicken: For this recipe I used chicken breasts, however, chicken cutlets, thighs, and even drumsticks work for this recipe perfectly.
Sauté first: I love to sauté the garlic first and sear the chicken in the same skillet for added flavor. Then add in the sundried tomatoes with a bit of it's oil for a nice burst of flavor.
Marinate chicken overnight: One of the best tips that I give it marinating your chicken overnight (or even for 2 days) in the refrigerator. This is something I've seen growing up in a Jamaican household and it definitely allows the flavors to seep into the meat for better results.
Always use a thick cream: If you're using heavy cream, ensure that it's full-fat just like the coconut milk/cream. Any light version won't thicken the sauce as nicely.
Grated cheese is best: I always recommend purchasing a brick of cheese and freshly-grating it yourself for the creamiest result. If you only have shredded cheese on hand, that's fine, but it doesn't melt as seamlessly as grated cheese.
While this Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken is perfect as is---I definitely wanted to give options for those of you who don't eat meat or just might make this dish more than once and want to switch things up with a meatless option from time to time! Here are a few great ingredients that you can substitute with the chicken in this creamy dish.
Other ingredient ideas include:
If you aren't the biggest fan of sundried tomatoes or just don't have them on hand, here are a few great alternatives for you to choose from so that you can still enjoy this delicious creamy chicken dish:
I like to serve this hearty creamy chicken dish with wintertime sides or something simple + comforting like gnocchi. You can roast up some sweet butternut squash or sweet potato while the oven is on for the tomatoes. Or try these other delicious starchy and fresh sides for chicken like one of the following:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, it's best when done in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop. You'll need to add a bit of heavy cream or chicken stock to re-create the creaminess of the sauce when heating it up. Stir in the added liquid and it should become creamy again.
Absolutely! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan.
To make this entire dish vegan, simply sub the chicken with other great meat alternatives: Roasted chickpeas, Beans (like White beans, Kidney beans, etc.), Mushrooms, Tofu or Tempeh, Cauliflower, Roasted veggies (like Broccoli, Asparagus, Cabbage, etc.), Vegan meatballs, Jackfruit, or Other plant-based meat alternatives (store-bought).
Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this creamy chicken dish, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist!
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Basically, Tuscan style flavors include a nice array of seasonings + herbs that include rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme with aromatics of onion, garlic, spicy red pepper flakes, black pepper, and lemon/citrus which all plays a role.
Both are rather similar, however, tuscan seasonings have a few additional ingredients. In addition, tuscan flavors are a bit more spicy and peppery than Italian seasonings.
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