Crockpot Marry Me Chicken

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Crockpot Marry Me Chicken slow cooks Juicy chicken breasts in a cream sauce flavored with sundried tomatoes, butter, garlic, herbs, and seasonings. Serve over pasta or rice for a cozy meal that really hits the spot. It’s seriously proposal-worthy!

For more crockpot chicken dinners, try my Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta, Crockpot Hot Honey Chicken and Crockpot Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken. Both are family-friendly, delicious ways to cook up chicken when you’re busy.

Slow cooker marry me chicken breasts with creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and fresh basil over spaghetti.

Looking for a delicious dinner that’s easy enough to serve your family any night of the week but impressive enough to serve to guests for a special meal? You’ve found it with this Marry Me Crockpot Chicken.

It’s a slow cooker version of the popular recipe that not only saves time in the kitchen but ensures that your chicken is tender and flavorful. Similar to creamy Tuscan chicken, you will fall in love with the irresistible aroma of tender chicken cooked to perfection in a creamy sauce with sundried tomatoes.

Marry me chicken breast being lifted from slow cooker with a serving spoon.

Serve the chicken over pasta or rice along with a side of crusty bread and some veggies for a complete meal that’ll wow anyone who tries it.

It’s the perfect meal for a special occasion date night at home or an easy weeknight dinner for the whole family. This dish is really versatile in that way!

The best part is that it takes only 15 minutes to prep the simple ingredients, and then the slow cooker does all the work for you. How’s that for an easy dinner recipe?

Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken in Crockpot

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients for Crockpot Marry Me Chicken.
  • Chicken Breasts — Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are what I prefer for this recipe, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • Olive Oil — Use some oil to brown the chicken breasts and add color before adding them to the crockpot.
  • Chicken Stock — Stock has a deeper flavor than broth, so I highly recommend it for this recipe. However, if you don’t have stock, chicken broth works fine as a substitute.
  • Cornstarch — This thickens the sauce so it clings to the chicken. All-purpose flour can be used instead of cornstarch if you are in a pinch, although corn starch is preferred.
  • Heavy Cream — Use heavy cream, not light cream or milk. Because the rich, creamy sauce is the key to Marry Me Chicken.
  • Garlic — Fresh, minced garlic is best. If you’re out of garlic cloves, you can substitute 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder for each clove in a recipe. However, garlic powder is a bit milder in flavor than garlic cloves, so you may need to adjust it according to your tastes.
  • Seasonings — Some salt and pepper plus some savory seasonings like Italian seasoning, onion powder, and paprika to help flavor the creamy sauce.
  • Sundried Tomatoes — They’re naturally sweet and add rich tomato flavor to the sauce for the chicken.
  • Butter — Buttery flavor is always a good thing! I use unsalted butter in most recipes, but salted butter works fine here.
  • Basil — I use it as an optional garnish when plating, but you can leave it off if you prefer.

Equipment You’ll Need for This Crockpot Chicken Recipe

To make this easy chicken dinner, you’ll need the following kitchen tools:

  • Crockpot
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife or garlic press
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk

How to Make Crockpot Marry Me Chicken

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Step 1: Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken breasts, and brown them for a couple of minutes on each side. Do this to give the chicken a golden brown color on the outside. Don’t worry about cooking it through; it’ll finish cooking in the crock pot.

Step 2: Add the browned chicken breasts to the crockpot.

Two image collage of chicken breasts browned on stovetop and then placed in an even layer in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Step 3: Grab your mixing bowl, and add the chicken stock and cornstarch. Whisk together until there are no lumps. Then mix in the heavy cream, garlic, Italian seasoning, onion power, and paprika to the sauce.

Two image collage of large measuring cup with marry me sauce ingredients before whisking together.

Step 4: Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts.

Step 5: Add the sundried tomatoes and butter to the top of the chicken breasts. Cut the butter into pats of butter and distribute it evenly over the chicken pieces.

Chicken breasts with cream sauce, sun dried tomatoes, and butter in the crockpot.

Step 6: Put the lid on the crockpot and cook the chicken on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

Tip: Low is recommended for more tender chicken; it may dry out if cooked on high.

Serve chicken warm, topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese, if desired.

Marry me chicken in crockpot.

Serving Suggestions

Typically, Marry Me Crockpot Chicken is served over spaghetti, angel hair pasta, or a big pile of mashed potatoes. Rice is another great option.

Complete your meal with garlic bread or my crusty homemade Italian bread and a side of green beans, asparagus, or a simple green salad.

Storage and Freezing

In the refrigerator: Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

In the freezer: Freezing may cause a change in the texture of the creamy sundried tomato sauce so I do not recommend it.

Reheating: Reheat in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave until warmed through.

Marry Me Chicken being spooned out of slow cooker.

Marry Me Chicken Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Add spinach or mushrooms to the dish to sneak in some veggies.
  • You can slice or shred the chicken before serving if desired.
  • Try chopping the sun-dried tomatoes into smaller pieces so you get some tasty sun-dried flavor with each bite.
  • The secret to tender, juicy meat in the slow cooker is to cook it low and slow. Although crockpots have a “high” setting, I don’t recommend it for cooking meat, especially chicken breasts. Low and slow is the way to go.

Additions and Variations

Use chicken thighs. If you prefer the flavor of chicken thighs, feel free to use them in this recipe! Make sure they’re boneless and skinless.

Spice things up. Add a pinch or two of cayenne or a few sprinkles of red pepper flakes to add a little heat to this delicious recipe.

Lighten it up. This recipe is meant to be a cozy dish with rich, creamy, buttery flavor, but you can lighten it up a little by using half and half instead of heavy cream. This will make for a thinner sauce, so you can add extra cornstarch to thicken it up.

Make it low carb. Serve your chicken over zoodles, cauliflower mash, or cauliflower rice if you want to cut down on the carbs.

Top with cheese. Top the chicken with freshly grated parmesan right before serving to make it more indulgent.

Add mushrooms to the sauce. Make this creamy chicken dish “meatier” by adding sliced mushrooms to the slow cooker about an hour before the chicken is done.

Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken garnished with fresh basil and served over spaghetti.

FAQ for Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken

Why is it called “Marry Me Chicken?”

The recipe is said to be so good that the person you serve it to will want to propose to you after tasting it! It’s a funny and quirky name, but even if there’s no marriage proposal, you’re sure to “fall in love” with this dish.

Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can. I like to brown the chicken on each side first to give it some color, but this step is optional. You can just put the raw chicken breasts in the slow cooker and skip the browning if you prefer.

Why is my chicken tough or dry?

Did you cook it on high? Chicken is best in the slow cooker when you use the low temperature setting. In rare cases, you may need to add a little more broth or liquid, but there’s plenty of sauce in this recipe to keep the chicken juicy and tender.

Do I need to flip chicken in the slow cooker?

No, you don’t need to flip the chicken at all. The crockpot works best if the lid stays closed with all the heat trapped inside. Don’t worry — your chicken will cook thoroughly!

My sauce is too thin, what can I do?

If your sauce doesn’t come out as thick as you would like, add a corn starch slurry. Whisk together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water, then stir into the sauce. Repeat for thicker sauce, if desired.

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Recipe
Slow cooker marry me chicken breasts with creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and fresh basil over spaghetti.
Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Crockpot Marry Me Chicken

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken is delicious and impressive dinner that's impressive enough for guests but easy enough to be a weeknight meal. Tender chicken cooks in a rich and creamy sauce with garlic and sundried tomatoes. Serve over pasta for an unforgettable meal.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes drained
  • 4 Tablespoons butter cut into 4 pats
  • fresh basil optional garnish

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and brown for about 2 minutes per side. Add more oil if needed. (The goal is to get some color on the chicken — not to cook it through.)
  • Place the browned chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Add the chicken stock and cornstarch to a mixing bowl. Whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, garlic, Italian seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and salt.
  • Pour the sauce mix over the chicken breasts.
  • Top with the sundried tomatoes and butter.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve warm, garnished with fresh basil, if desired.

Notes

  • Use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts if you prefer.
  • This dish is fabulous served over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. 
  • Try adding some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top right before serving for extra flavor.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 1498mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1550IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
Slow cooker marry me chicken breasts with creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and fresh basil over spaghetti.

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    1. I haven’t tried doubling the recipe myself but at long as everything fits in your slow cooker okay I think it should be fine. Just check to make sure that you cook until the chicken is cooked through (reaches 165 F).

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