I ain’t get no engagement ring BUT…this chicken dish was worth one!!! Lol! We really enjoyed this meal! It was reminiscent of the Lemon Garlic Basil Chicken recipe in my cookbook found here but it didn’t have a lemon taste. However the sun dried tomatoes added a nice twang! If you don’t like them tho you can certainly leave out or replace with fresh grape tomatoes. Also I included the side I made which was the perfect compliment in my opinion. I searched my local stores for orzo which I couldn’t find so I replaced with this melon seed shaped pasta which can be found in the Hispanic section of the store. Or you can use any small shaped pasta. Let’s get cooking my version of this great meal!
Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken:
- 3-4 chicken breasts butterflied (cut in half to make thin)
- 1/2 cup or water
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 chicken bouillon cube (or you can use 1/2 a cup of chicken broth)
- 1 cup of half and half or heavy whipping cream
- 2-3 tsps of Italian Seasoning
- Fresh or dried basil
- 1-2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes (they are kind of big so I chopped mine up)
- 2-3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
- Seasoning for the chicken (I used a light shake of ranch, garlic & onion powder and garlic salt and more Italian seasoning)
Ingredients for Lemon Spinach Pasta:
- 1 and 1/2 cup of pasta
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2-2 1/2 cups of water
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp of garlic salt
- 1 tbs of olive oil.
- Juice of 1 lemon.
Directions for chicken:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in oven safe skillet on medium high. Butterfly chicken breasts and season with seasonings of choice. Sear chicken on both sides about 3-5 minutes each. Remove from pan. Turn heat to medium low add butter and garlic. Sauté for about 30-45 seconds (garlic burns fast!) then add Italian seasoning and water. Add chicken bouillon cube and let simmer for a few minutes. Add half and half or heavy whipping cream slowly whisking in. Add sun dried tomatoes and let come to high simmer (slightly boiling). Turn on low and let sauce thickens. Add chicken back in. You can add some Parmesan and fresh basil at this point. Cover with pan or foil and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese if desired and fresh basil.
Directions for pasta: While Chicken is baking add olive oil to pasta pot and then garlic. Sauté for 20 seconds and then add pasta. Sauté for about 1 minute and then add water and chicken bouillon cube. Bring to boil, stir and then cover and let steam until pasta is tender about 10-15 minutes or most liquid is cooked off. It can still be a little liquid in the pan. Then add garlic salt, butter, Parmesan cheese and spinach. Stir until combined and then add juice from lemon.
The chicken and sauce over the pasta is divine y’all!!! As always I hope you try this and if so make sure to tag me on IG @severalpeoplesmama! Enjoy!