Make this slow cooker marry me chicken recipe

Slow cooking

Once you've tried this viral marry me chicken dish, it will become a firm family favourite. And in this slow cooker version, you don't even have to do much cooking!

Rating: 5.00
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3 December 2023

Imagine an easy chicken dinner that’s so delicious, and so tasty that it would bring about a marriage proposal. This is exactly why this Tik Tok Marry Me chicken recipe has gone viral over recent years – it’s quite simply a delicious dish that my whole family loves [no marriage proposals needed here] – and the best part? This famous recipe only uses simple ingredients and is so easy to make. So if you want to make a special meal to impress a loved one – I guarantee they will be blown away when you serve this up to them.

The perfect marriage of tender chicken breast in a creamy sundried tomato sauce topped with fresh basil – it is a delicious dinner and one that can be enjoyed for a special occasion, or a weeknight dinner. And while the social media version sees this made in a pan or skillet over a medium-high heat, I’ve adapted this easy recipe so it can be made in the slow cooker. Because on busy weeknights it’s great to be able to serve up a complete meal in a couple of minutes.

chicken with basil and parmesan cheese - Cook Simply

Why make this slow cooker chicken recipe?

The benefits of slow cooking are that you can serve up a creamy chicken dish with absolutely no fuss. After you’ve pan-fried skinless chicken breasts until they’re golden brown and added all the spices and ingredients – the hardest part is resisting the amazing aromas as it’s slow cooking over several hours. Then once you’re ready to serve – it doesn’t take a moment, plus hardly any pots and pans to wash up. 

What ingredients are needed?

One of the key ingredients in this crockpot marry me chicken recipe is sundried tomatoes. Some marry me chicken recipes suggest using chopped sundried tomatoes or even putting them in whole –  however, I love the intensity of sundried tomato paste and find this works well with the heavy cream/double cream producing a delicious cream sauce. 

  • chicken breasts
  • sundried tomato paste 
  • Dried mixed herbs or Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder or garlic granules
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • Chicken stock/chicken broth
  • Cornflour/cornstarch
  • pats of butter
  • double cream
  • salt & black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil

Adding herbs and aromatics to slow cooker - Cook Simply

How to make this slow cooker marry me chicken recipe

As with easy recipes, you want to do the least amount of prep and work as possible. And this marry me chicken is no exception. The first thing to do is to get the juicy chicken breasts prepared and seared. So using a touch of vegetable/olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan, pan-fry the chicken on a medium heat. You want to sear them so they’re golden and move off the heat. No need to cook them all the way through, as remember you’ll be slow cooking these for 3-4 hours. Once you’ve put the chicken to one side, you can prep the slow cooker. 

Adding sundried tomato paste to slow pot - Cook Simply

Mix the chicken stock with the cornflour first, then add it alongside the sundried tomato paste, mixed herbs, paprika, salt and pepper, garlic granules, and onion powder together and mix. Once combined, add the chicken breasts on top of the sauce, and then place the butter on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on low for around 3 hours. About an hour from serving, push the chicken to one side, then carefully add the cream and the parmesan and stir together. Cover and cook until you’re ready to eat. Before serving, chop some fresh basil and sprinkle over the top, with some extra parmesan. 

What if the sauce is still too runny?

You may find that the sauce is a little runny still, so if you’d like to thicken it up, mix some cornstarch or cornflour with water to make a cornstarch slurry [around 3-4 teaspoons with the same amount of water], and add to the slow cooker marry me chicken after you’ve added the cream. Stir well and you’ll see the consistency of the creamy sauce become much thicker. 

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What to serve with marry me chicken 

The great thing about this marry me chicken slow cooker recipe is that it’s extremely versatile – you can pretty much serve it with anything you like – including pasta, white rice, or even French fries or chips. I’ve even seen it served with ramen noodles. I like to serve this chicken with roasted potatoes and green vegetables – so much like an alternative roast dinner. It’s a great meal for lazy Sunday afternoons – and my family asks for it all the time. 

Can any of the ingredients be substituted?

Yes, if you don’t have chicken breasts, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. I’ve used garlic powder and onion powder for ease and less prep in this slow cooker marry me chicken, however, I have also used chopped onions and minced garlic cloves. If you want to add a touch of heat, add some chilli flakes.

Marry me chicken with broccoli and fresh basil - Cook Simply

How to make Marry Me chicken in a pan

If you don’t want to make this recipe in a slow cooker you can do it in around 35 minutes in a frying pan. You can follow the steps in the same way, however, if you want to use chopped onions, you’ll need to fry them off in some olive oil first, before adding the stock, herbs, and sundried tomato paste, then the seared chicken breast. Simmer gently on a low heat, before adding the cream and parmesan. The sauce will gradually thicken as you continue to cook through the chicken. 

Can you freeze leftovers?

Absolutely. Place any leftover marry me chicken in an airtight container and then freeze straight away for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, defrost it in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, reheat it in a microwave on high power until thoroughly cooked.

Other slow cooker recipes you might like

Slow cooker ham and pea soup
Slow cooker chicken chow mein
Slow cooker chicken tikka masala
Slow cooker chicken biryani
Slow cooker bolognese
Slow cooker beef curry
Slow cooker Chinese chicken curry
Slow cooker beef and chorizo
Slow cooker Thai massaman curry 
Slow cooker ham joint in coke
Slow cooker marry me chicken with broccoli - Cook Simply

Easy marry me chicken [slow cooker]

5 from 3 votes
This slow cooker marry me chicken is super easy and so delicious - a combination of sundried tomatoes, herbs and cream as well as tender chicken, means this will be a winner every single time.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • tablespoons sundried tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 50 g of grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper for seasoning if needed
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions
 

  • You'll need to prepare the chicken breasts first. Get a large frying pan or skillet, and add a touch of olive oil, over a medium-high heat.
    Pan frying chicken breasts - Cook Simply
  • Add the chicken breasts and pan fry for around 3 minutes, before turning over and doing the same on the other side. You want them to be coloured and golden brown. Don't worry if the chicken isn't cooked thoroughly.
  • In a bowl, add the cornflour/cornstarch and then pour the chicken stock in, mixing as you pour. This is to make sure there are no lumps.
  • In the slow cooker pot, add the chicken stock, corn flour mix, mixed herbs, garlic granules, onion powder, paprika and sundried tomato paste.
    Adding herbs and aromatics to slow cooker marry me chicken - Cook Simply
  • Combine all the ingredients together.
  • Then add the chicken breasts on top. And then the butter on top of the chicken.
    Slow cooker marry me chicken in the slow pot - Cook Simply
  • Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  • About an hour from serving, add the cream and the parmesan cheese and stir through, making sure it's all combined.
  • Check for seasoning - and add if you feel it requires it. I like to add a grind of black pepper at this point. Cook for a further hour.
  • Before serving, add some chopped fresh basil and a sprinkle of more parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition

Calories: 387kcalFat: 29.9g
Author: cooksimply
Calories: 387kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian

Did you make this marry me chicken recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you or what variation you made of my marry me chicken recipe UK. Leave a comment below and tag @cooksimplyathome on Instagram. If you’d like more food inspiration, check out my index.

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