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Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Indulge in the ultimate romantic dinner with my Marry Me Chicken Pasta recipe, a harmonious blend of tender chicken breasts and shrimp, in a creamy, spicy sauce that's guaranteed to have you smiling. This pasta is pure magic and I am so glad that I came across it over the internet as it’s been making splashes all over! Combining simple ingredients like cream, Parmigiano Reggiano and red pepper flakes to create a meal that's not just dinner, but an experience. The addition of gluten-free options and the versatility to use either fresh or frozen chicken breasts make it a must-try for any pasta lover. Ready in just 45 minutes, this Marry Me Chicken Pasta is not only the best chicken dish you'll ever make but also a delicious way to say "I love you" any day of the year.

Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Love at first bite is real, especially when it involves a plate of Marry Me Chicken Pasta. This is a recipe that will have you saying “I Do” haha. Okay but in all seriousness this recipe is all over the internet so you know I had to try it out! My favourite love language is without a doubt food so once I stumbled on this trend you know I had to write my hubby a love letter and make this dish! Elevate your pasta game, your love game or your next weeknight pasta with this recipe! Let’s dig in.

Ingredients in Marry Me Chicken Pasta

  • Farfalle Pasta: Known for its “bow-tie” shape, farfalle pasta is perfect for this dish because its shape catches the creamy sauce and ensures each bite is a flavorful one. If you cannot find this pasta anything else that is textural like penne or fusilli can be used.
  • Olive Oil & Butter: Some might say this is overkill but what I will tell you is a delicious pasta does not skimp on all things rich and delicious so today olive oil and butter are both going in the dish! Olive oil adds a fruity, peppery base that enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, while butter brings a rich, creamy texture to the sauce. Together, they create a luxurious base for sautéing. For a dairy-free option, use all olive oil or a vegan butter alternative or just omit butter all together.
  • Chili Flakes: I love adding chili flakes to pretty much anything but in this dish they shine as they introduce a gentle heat, cutting through the creaminess of the sauce and adding depth. 
  • Chicken & Shrimp: The original recipe only calls for chicken but you know I had to take it up a notch and the combination of chicken and shrimp offers a duo of high-quality proteins. I used skinless chicken breasts. The boneless chicken breast makes cubing the meat effortless. However chicken thighs will also work!
  • Prosecco or White Wine: The acidity and fruitiness of Prosecco or white wine deglaze the pan, adding a layer of complexity and richness to the sauce. I opted to use a non-alcoholic substitute called Nozeco.
  • Onion & Garlic: These aromatics are the foundation of the dish, providing a sweet and savory depth that enriches the overall flavor profile.
  • Tomato Sauce: This isn’t an overly tomato-y sauce but it does add color and tanginess while balancing the richness of the cream and cheeses. Some people have been cooking this recipe with the addition of sun dried tomatoes.
  • Cream: The cream is the key to the luxurious texture of the sauce, making it rich and velvety. For a lighter version, half-and-half can be used, or for a dairy-free option, full-fat coconut milk can be a good alternative, adding a slight sweetness.
  • Spinach: This leafy green adds color, texture, and a wealth of nutrients, including iron and vitamins, to the dish. It wilts down into the sauce, adding a subtle earthy flavor.  
  • Parmigiano Reggiano: This cheese adds a nutty, salty depth to the sauce, enhancing its savory qualities. The umami flavor of Parmigiano Reggiano is unmatched. However if this cheese is not within your reach a grated parmesan cheese will do just fine!

What is Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken is more than just a dish; it’s a phenomenon that is taking over the internet right now! And for good reason; Marry Me Chicken is a recipe that’s known for its ability to impress and delight, it’s rumoured to have the power to elicit marriage proposals. With ingredients like cream, cheese, and a kick of red pepper flakes, it’s easy to see why! If you haven’t seen this trend all over the internet I feel honoured to be your first introduction! Try this recipe and see what kind of magic comes from it.

How To Make Marry Me Chicken Pasta

This recipe is a rendezvous of simple steps that lead to a complex flavorful dish. From browning the chicken to simmering the sauce and combining all elements, each stage is straightforward but crucial.

Cook the Pasta

While technically this is the first step to the recipe; it’s only because boiling water takes time! Choosing the right pasta is crucial, and for this recipe, farfalle pasta takes the spotlight. Its shape perfectly captures the sauce, ensuring every bite is as flavorful as the last. I used Jovial which is a brand I love to consider when making pasta because theirs is just like no other I’ve tried! Cook it al dente to maintain texture and enhance your dining experience. While you’re in the process of cooking the pasta you can move on to the next step which is working with the chicken.

Cook the Chicken

The method to a perfect Marry Me Chicken Pasta with cooking the chicken to golden perfection. Cube the chicken bread and season with just the right amount of spices and cook in a mix of olive oil and butter. You’ll see that the chicken becomes the foundation of this dish’s unforgettable flavor by browning each side to perfection; it will be hard to keep your hands off of it until your pasta and sauce are ready! At this point, you can add your shrimp (if that is something you’ll be doing) and cook them until both sides have turned pink. 

Marry Your Ingredients

Marrying the marry me chicken pasta ingredients of this easy marry me chicken pasta recipe is a process that transforms this dish. Begin by deglazing the pan with Prosecco, introducing a layer of depth with its fruity notes, then add finely diced onion, sautéing until translucent before mingling with the aromatic fragrance of minced garlic. As these flavors fuse, pour in the cream, stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon to lift all the flavorful bits from the bottom of the pan, ensuring nothing of the rich foundation is lost. The addition of tomato sauce brings a tangy contrast, enriching the sauce’s complexity. Once simmering add the chicken and shrimp into the creamy sauce, ensuring every piece is coated in this deliciousness. The cooked farfalle pasta and fresh spinach are then added, with a splash of pasta water to emulsify the sauce, achieving a silky consistency that clings to every curve of the pasta. Topping everything off grated Parmigiano Reggiano, or parmesan cheese, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and an extra sprinkle of chili flakes if desired, perfectly balances the dish.

How to Level Up Marry Me Chicken Pasta

Taking this dish to the next level means adding shrimp for an extra protein punch and using non-alcoholic bubbly for a subtle, sophisticated flavour that pairs beautifully with the creamy sauce. While this step is completely optional; trust me it is worth the additional step because *chefs kiss* it’s delicious and will absolutely wow anyone that you feed this Marry Me Chicken to!

Can I use frozen chicken breasts for this recipe?

You can use whatever chicken you have, and technically any protein that you have. Chicken just browns perfectly for this recipe which is why it’s the main ingredient here. If you are going to use frozen chicken just be sure they’re fully thawed and patted dry to achieve the perfect sear. 

Why You’ll Love This Marry Me Chicken Recipe

You could ask the bazillion other people on the internet who have already tried this but if you want my word for it – there is nothing to NOT love about this chicken dish recipe. Pasta and chicken in one dish is more than delicious! This recipe also is absolutely approachable and easy for anyone to make; regardless of your kitchen status! The blend of creamy sauce, red pepper flakes, and hearty proteins make every forkful a declaration of love for good food.

What To Serve With Marry Me Chicken Pasta

A side of garlic bread, a fresh salad, or even just a glass of your favourite wine can turn this meal into a feast for the senses. Get romantic with it and enjoy it by candlelight 🙂

How To Store Marry Me Chicken Pasta

If you have leftovers of this amazing recipe, just add them into an airtight container and refrigerate. You can enjoy this dish the next day by warming it in a skillet over medium heat; this will make the flavors even more profound.

Best Chicken Dishes

Marry Me Chicken Pasta, joins the ranks of the best chicken recipes with its unique flavors and crowd-pleasing appeal. If you’re in the mood for some finger licking good chicken you could also try my air fryer chicken recipe here!

Marry Me Chicken Pasta with Shrimp

Teri-Ann Carty
You may or may not be familiar with the viral "Marry Me Chicken" but I have been seeing it everywhere and knew I wanted to put my own twist on it. I love chicken pasta but I also love shrimp so I decided to amp up the protein (and deliciousness) even more by using both! This meal is the perfect Valentine's Day meal for you and your beau, family or galentines.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Canadian, Italian, Viral
Servings 4


  • stovetop, pot, large pan or dutch oven


  • 400 grams farfalle pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter divided
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 2 chicken thighs or breast cubed
  • 7 shrimp
  • 2-4 tbsp Prosecco or white wine (nonalcoholic if needed. That’s what I used)
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup cream
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • 2 fistfuls spinach
  • sea salt and cracked pepper
  • Parmigiano Reggiano


  • Cook pasta till al dente and reserve 1 cup pasta water.
  • Heat a large deep sided pan over medium high heat with olive oil, 2 tbsp butter and chili flakes.
  • Add cubed chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken on all sides and set aside.
  • Add shrimp, season, and cook until pink on both sides. Set aside.
  • Deglaze pan with Prosecco and add onion. Cook for several minutes then add garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  • Pour in cream. Use spatula or wooden spoon to mix stirring up all the bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add in tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer before adding in chicken and shrimp.
  • Toss to coat in the sauce. Add in cooked pasta and spinach.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup pasta water into pasta to help emulsify the sauce.
  • Season with cheese, salt, cracked pepper and more chili flakes if desired.
Keyword chicken, creamy pasta, gluten free, marry me chicken, pasta, shrimp, viral pasta

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