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Lighter Marry Me Chicken Recipe

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This healthy marry-me chicken recipe will definitely leave you speechless with its flavors and how easy and straightforward it is to prepare. This recipe brings together tender chicken with fragrant spices and a creamy sauce to create an experience that will impress any guest.

Ingredient Notes

For this amazing recipe, you will need the following ingredients. First off, you will need 1.5 pounds of raw chicken breast, tenders or pieces depending on your preference. For spices, prepare 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, and a pinch of pepper and sea salt. For cooking, you can either use 1 tablespoon of olive oil or if you prefer, you can substitute the olive oil for vegan butter. Additionally, you will also need half of a medium white onion (diced), 2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, and optionally 1 teaspoon of dried dill. Last but not least, prepare 1 cup of reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1 cup of sun-dried tomato pieces, 1 cup of extra creamy almond milk which you can substitute with oat milk if you want, 1 cup of reduced fat grated parmesan, and sea salt and pepper to taste. For garnish, tear some fresh basil.

How to Make Healthy Marry Me Chicken

To begin, season 1.5 pounds of raw chicken with a touch of sea salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder, and 1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder. Apply some oil to a hot, nonstick pan, and then sear the chicken for 8 to 10 minutes, turning it halfway through. Reduce the heat, take out the half-cooked chicken, and drizzle with olive oil.

Add chopped onions and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Add the thyme, dry oregano, and optionally the dried dill. Add one cup of low-sodium chicken broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce the liquid to about half and then add the almond milk and stir. After that, add tablespoons of parmesan while continuously stirring so everything is mixed well.

After reintroducing the chicken, simmer it on low heat for about 6 to 10 minutes while covered. Take it off the stove, let the sauce thicken, then add sea salt and pepper to taste. Finally, decorate with freshly torn basil.

Lighter Marry Me Chicken Tips and Tricks

To improve your cooking experience when making the “Healthy Marry Me Chicken,” take into account these tips and tricks:

Recipe Tips

Make sure your skillet is hot enough before adding the chicken to get the ideal sear. To keep those wonderful tastes locked in, this step is essential.

You may adjust the recipe to your own tastes by using vegan butter or olive oil and almond or oat milk. These alternatives provide versatility without sacrificing flavor.

Although dried dill adds a different flavor perspective to the dish, you are free to leave it out or change the amount to suit your tastes.

Serving Tips

Just before serving, add some torn fresh basil for a colorful finishing touch. This garnish adds a pop of freshness and improves the presentation visually.

To let the flavorful sauce soak in, try serving the “Healthy Marry Me Chicken” over a bed of your preferred grains, such as quinoa or rice.

Storage Tips

Keep any leftover “Healthy Marry Me Chicken” cold by placing it in an airtight container. It keeps its tastes and textures when refrigerated for up to three days.

You can freeze the dish if you think it will need to be kept for a longer time. It should keep for up to three months in good condition if you store it in a freezer-safe container. But be aware that as the dairy ingredients thaw, their texture can somewhat alter.

What wine goes with Marry Me Chicken?

A light, crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, complements “Marry Me Chicken” well.

How many calories are in a Marry Me chicken?

The calorie content can vary, but a typical serving of “Marry Me Chicken” ranges from 300 to 400 calories.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can make “Marry Me Chicken” ahead of time. Refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for longer storage.

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Lighter Marry Me Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

5 Servings
Serving Size:248g
* Optional Substitution Note
Chicken
  • 1.5 lb raw chicken breast, tenders or pieces
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • vegan butter
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill *
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomato pieces
  • 1 cup extra creamy almond milk
    • oat milk
  • 1 cup reduced fat grated parmesan
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Garnish
  • fresh basil, torn

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Steps

Step 1

Lightly spray raw chicken breast with oil then season in a bowl.

Step 2

Set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.  Once hot, spray with oil then add the chicken breast.  Sear for 8 – 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.  Reduce the heat to medium in the skillet and remove the chicken.

Note: It is ok if the chicken is not fully cooked at the end of 10 minutes.  The most important thing is that there are sear marks.

Step 3

Add oil or butter, then add the diced onions.  Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant, or until the onions have turned brown and slightly translucent.  Add the seasonings/herbs and the sundried tomatoes.

Step 4

Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer.

Let the liquid reduce to about half, then pour in the almond milk and stir.  Then add tablespoons of parmesan, continuously stirring so that it is well mixed.

Step 5

Add the chicken back to the skillet and cover and cook on LOW for  6 – 10 minutes.

Step 6

Remove from the heat to let thicken, season to taste with sea salt & pepper, then garnish and enjoy!

Lighter Marry Me Chicken Recipe

Kevin Curry

Discover the ultimate lighter marry me chicken recipe that combines tender chicken, fragrant spices, and a creamy sauce for an...

Cook 20min
Total 20min

Category Gluten-Free
# of servings5
Calories 310

Chicken
  • 1.5 lb raw chicken breast, tenders or pieces
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • vegan butter
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill *
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomato pieces
  • 1 cup extra creamy almond milk
    • oat milk
  • 1 cup reduced fat grated parmesan
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Garnish
  • fresh basil, torn

  1. Lightly spray raw chicken breast with oil then season in a bowl.

  2. Set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.  Once hot, spray with oil then add the chicken breast.  Sear for 8 – 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.  Reduce the heat to medium in the skillet and remove the chicken.

    Note: It is ok if the chicken is not fully cooked at the end of 10 minutes.  The most important thing is that there are sear marks.

  3. Add oil or butter, then add the diced onions.  Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant, or until the onions have turned brown and slightly translucent.  Add the seasonings/herbs and the sundried tomatoes.

  4. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer.

    Let the liquid reduce to about half, then pour in the almond milk and stir.  Then add tablespoons of parmesan, continuously stirring so that it is well mixed.

  5. Add the chicken back to the skillet and cover and cook on LOW for  6 – 10 minutes.

  6. Remove from the heat to let thicken, season to taste with sea salt & pepper, then garnish and enjoy!

Nutrition per serving

Calories310cal
Protein38g
Fats12g
Carbs18g
Sodium430mg
Fiber2g
Sugar8g
5.0
(Based on 1 reviews)

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  1. Mar 28 2024

    Dang this is good. Quick, easy, and tasty. Bonus that my toddler also loves it. Going in our monthly dinner rotation.

Details

Cook 20min
Total 20min
# of servings5
Serving Size:248g

Nutrition per serving

Calories310cal
Protein38g
Fats12g
Carbs18g
Sodium430mg
Fiber2g
Sugar8g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!