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Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Don't just save this recipe for a romantic dinner - make it a household staple and I promise your whole family will thank you! Try this creamy, high-protein Marry Me Chicken Pasta tonight.

What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is just what it sounds like - a chicken dish so delicious, so delectable, it just might inspire a marriage proposal! It is one of the most popular recipes for romantic dinners, date nights, or special occasions. Marry Me Chicken is made up of juicy chicken and a richly seasoned creamy sun-dried tomato sauce.  

Marry Me Chicken Pasta

This marry me chicken pasta recipe is creamy, easy, and so delicious. I took the idea, taste, and simple ingredients of the marry me chicken recipe and made it into a whole meal! Instead of saving this for your special date night, make it a regular in your kitchen and impress your whole family! 

With juicy chicken, a creamy sauce, and all the delicious flavor you want in a dish, your busy weeknights are about to get a lot less busy when you add this recipe card to your repertoire.  The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare. Using common ingredients and only 30 minutes, you'll have this creamy, high-protein pasta ready to go! 

Marry me chicken pasta ingredients

Hit the grocery store and make this new family favorite with these simple ingredients: 

  • boneless chicken breast
  • chickpea pasta
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • reduced fat cream cheese 
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • half & half or heavy cream
  • olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to make marry me chicken pasta

This creamy pasta dish is so delicious! Follow these instructions to make it today. 

  • Make pasta according to instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop chicken breast into 1-inch, bite-size pieces.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • After around 30 seconds, add the chicken pieces to the skillet. Allow to get to golden brown color without moving them for about 4 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken pieces and cook for another 4 minutes. Cook until internal temp is 165.
  • Remove chicken from pan and cut heat to low.
  • Add the garlic and sundried tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the reduced fat cream cheese to the skillet. Use the spatula to press down and help the cheese melt, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth, cream, parmesan, salt and pepper, paprika and oregano into the skillet. Cut to medium-low heat and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until the cream sauce thickens.
  • Add spinach to the skillet. Stir and let the spinach wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and cooked chicken. Mix well.
  • Top the pasta with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
  • Enjoy!

Marry me chicken pasta substitution ideas

This creamy chicken pasta is absolutely delicious as is, but if your diet or palate demands it, try these easy substitutions:

  • Pasta: I use a chickpea pasta to add protein to this recipe, but you can use whatever pasta you have around the house. I do suggest a penne pasta. 
  • Cream cheese: My cream cheese of choice is a reduced fat variety. You could use a normal full fat or even dairy-free if needed.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: Substitute for a dairy-free Parmesan if need be. 
  • Chicken broth: I use a low sodium chicken broth but any chicken stock you have at home will be just fine. You could even substitute bone broth to add more protein to the dish. 
  • Half & half or heavy cream: There is a dairy-free substitute for heavy cream! 
  • Red pepper flakes: If you aren't the biggest fan of a bit of spice, I wouldn't add the red pepper flakes at the end.
  • Optional: Adding some chopped fresh basil as you're ready to serve would be incredibly delicious. 

How long does marry me chicken pasta last in the fridge?

This scrumptious creamy pasta recipe will last in the for up to 5 days. When you're ready to store your leftovers, simply place in an airtight container and leave in your fridge for up to 5 days. 

This is a great dish to prepare to take to someone as well. Whether they've just had a baby, had a medical emergency, or are just in a place to need some extra love, they will love this pasta dish. 

How to meal prep this recipe

To use this recipe for your weekly meal prep, simply making according to the instructions. When you're done making the dish, separate into equal portions and place in 6  airtight containers. 

Whenever you're ready, take out a serving and warm in the microwave. I used one minute increments until the pasta has reached my desired temperature. 

What goes well with marry me chicken pasta

​This pasta is just like all the others in that you cannot go wrong with a good side salad and some crusty bread. When I serve pasta I prefer to make a garlic butter bread in my oven to serve alongside. I also tend to make a simple salad, too! 

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This is a picture of marry me chicken pasta. There is a large black skillet filled with penne pasta, pieces of green spinach, chopped sundried tomatoes, and pieces of chicken. The whole mixture is coated in a sauce and topped with parmesan cheese and black pepper flakes.
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Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Don't just save this recipe for a romantic dinner - make it a household staple and I promise your whole family will thank you! Try this creamy, high-protein Marry Me Chicken Pasta tonight
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken pasta, marry me chicken, marry me chicken pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • large pot
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 oz chickpea pasta
  • 3 oz sundried tomatoes diced
  • 3 cups spinach
  • ½ block reduced fat cream cheese (4 oz)
  • cup parmesan
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup half & half or heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Make pasta according to instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop chicken breast into 1-inch pieces.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • After around 30 seconds, add the chicken pieces to the skillet. Allow to brown without moving them for about 4 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken pieces and cook for another 4 minutes. Cook until internal temp is 165.
  • Remove chicken from pan and cut heat to low.
  • Add the garlic and sundried tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the reduced fat cream cheese to the skillet. Use the spatula to press down and help the cheese melt, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth, cream, parmesan, salt and pepper, paprika and oregano into the skillet. Cut the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add spinach to the skillet. Stir and let the spinach wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and cooked chicken. Mix well.
  • Top the pasta with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 5g
Recipe Rating




Jamee

Sunday 30th of June 2024

SoSOsO good!!!!! My husband literally got down on one knee after tasting this! Haha!

Jordan Smith

Monday 8th of July 2024

HAHAHA thank you for humoring me with the title!! SO glad you both enjoyed!!