This recipe for marry me chicken pasta will win many hearts for sure! It’s irresistibly creamy and quick to make, perfect for any day of the week. Ready in 35 minutes!

marry me chicken pasta

WHAT IS MARRY ME CHICKEN PASTA

Marry me chicken pasta is a rich and creamy pasta dish that combines juicy chicken pieces, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cream sauce. The name suggests that the dish is so delicious, it could make someone fall in love with you—or at least with your cooking! It’s a hearty, comforting meal that combines simple ingredients to create something truly special.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • Pasta: I recommend using rigatoni or penne pasta. These shapes hold the sauce well and provide a satisfying bite.
  • Chicken breasts: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are perfect for this recipe. Dice them into bite-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Olive oil: Use a good quality olive oil for sautéing the chicken and vegetables.
  • Shallot and garlic: Finely chopped shallot and minced garlic add a wonderful base of flavour to the sauce.
  • Tomato paste/purée: Adds rich tomato flavour and depth to the sauce.
  • Dried oregano: Provides a hint of herbal flavour.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: These add a sweet and tangy flavour that complements the creamy sauce beautifully.
  • Spinach leaves: Fresh spinach adds nice green colour and fiber to the sauce.
  • Heavy cream: This is essential for the creamy texture of the sauce.
  • Pasta water: Reserved pasta water helps to thicken the sauce and make it cling to the pasta.
  • Parmesan cheese: Grated parmesan adds a salty, nutty flavour and helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Red pepper flakes: Optional, but they add a nice touch of heat.
  • Fresh parsley: For garnish, adding a fresh touch to this marry me pasta recipe.
marry me chicken pasta

HOW TO MAKE MARRY ME CHICKEN PASTA

Please note: This is just an overview – the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Cook the pasta.

Cook 8 oz (225g) of rigatoni or penne pasta al dente according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of the cooking water, and set it aside.

Step 2: Prepare the chicken.

Season 2 diced chicken breasts (about 400g/1 lb) with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through about 6-8 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.

Step 3: Sauté aromatics.

In the same skillet, add the finely chopped shallot and minced garlic. Sauté for about 2 minutes until softened and fragrant. Stir in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano. Cook for another minute to combine the flavours.

marry me chicken pasta

Step 4: Incorporate sun-dried tomatoes.

Add 1 cup of sliced sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.

Step 5: Create the creamy sauce.

Pour in ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and 1 cup of heavy cream. Stir in ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 3-4 minutes until it thickens slightly.

marry me chicken pasta

Step 6: Add spinach and chicken.

Stir in 2 cups of spinach leaves and cook until wilted, about a minute. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and mix well with the sauce. Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the chicken is heated through.

marry me chicken pasta

Step 8: Combine with pasta.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss everything together until the pasta is well coated in the creamy sauce. If needed, add more reserved pasta water to reach your desired consistency.

Step 9: Garnish and enjoy.

Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and red pepper flakes, if using. Serve immediately and enjoy!

STORING AND FREEZING

Refrigeration:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat, adding a splash of milk or cream to loosen the sauce if necessary.

Freezing:

This marry me chicken pasta does not freeze well due to the high cream content.

TOP TIPS

  • Cook pasta al dente: This ensures the pasta maintains a firm texture and doesn’t become mushy when mixed with the sauce.
  • Reserve pasta water: The starchy pasta water helps to create a smooth sauce.
  • Use fresh ingredients: Fresh garlic, shallots, and spinach will make a big difference in the flavour of this quick pasta recipe.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken: Cook the chicken just until it’s no longer pink in the centre to keep it juicy and tender.
  • Adjust seasonings: Taste your marry me chicken pasta before serving and adjust the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to your liking.
marry me chicken pasta

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FAQ

Can I use other types of pasta for this recipe?

Yes, you can use any pasta you like but short pasta shapes work best.

Is there a lighter version of this recipe?

You can make a lighter version by using half-and-half (single cream) instead of heavy cream and reducing the amount of parmesan cheese.

What if I don’t have sun-dried tomatoes?

You can substitute sun-dried tomatoes with fresh cherry tomatoes or roasted red peppers for a different, but still delicious, flavour.

Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Recipe by Magda Gonczaruk | Good Food Discoveries
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: WesternDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories per serving

1553

kcal
Total time

35

minutes

This recipe for marry me chicken pasta will win many hearts for sure! It’s irresistibly creamy and quick to make, perfect for any day of the week. Ready in 35 minutes!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz (225g) rigatoni or penne pasta

  • 2 chicken breasts (about 400g/1 lb), diced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste/puree

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 cup (150g) sun-dried tomatoes (from oil), sliced

  • 2 cups (60g) spinach leaves

  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream (double cream)

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cooking pasta water

  • 1/2 cup (60g) grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  • Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain reserving about a cup of pasta cooking water and set aside.
  • Season the diced chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken breast and cook until browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add chopped shallot, minced garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes until softened and fragrant, then add tomato paste, dried oregano and combine.
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Pour in the reserved pasta water and heavy cream. Stir in grated parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 3-4 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  • Stir in the spinach leaves and cook until wilted about a minute.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and mix well with the sauce. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is heated through, add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss everything together until the pasta is well coated in the creamy sauce. Add more reserved pasta water if needed.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and chilli flakes, if using.

Notes

  • To store, transfer this marry me chicken pasta to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 2
  • Calories: 1553kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 137.8g
  • Protein: 63.2g
  • Fat: 85.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 46.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.7g
  • Fiber: 11.3g
  • Sugar: 31.9g

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