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This Marry Me Chicken Pasta might just be the ULTIMATE one pot pasta recipe. Easy, creamy and mouthwateringly delicious, so good that everyone will want to marry you!

One pasta pasta on a table with cheese on top, ready to serve with a spoon straight out of the pan.

Ever since I published my viral Tuscan-style creamy Marry Me Chicken recipe, I knew these flavours would work perfectly as a one pot pasta too. 

The combination of chicken, cream, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan are dreamy – sort of tastes like a bit of a special dish but still totally quick and easy enough to make midweek!

Why you’ll love this Marry ME Chicken Pasta recipe

⭐️ A marriage of easy ingredients and amazing flavours

⭐️ Takes about 30 minutes, all in one pan

⭐️ Creamy, cheesy and comforting

A close up of pasta in a pan with a spoon and cheese and spinach.

How we came up with this recipe

I explain more in my original Marry Me Chicken recipe here about how this dish came about, and this recipe is a new take on that favourite.

After playing around with this recipe already to create my Marry Me Chicken Orzo, I also wanted another easy recipe that was made with regular pasta, as the quantities and methods are different. 

Let me know if you and your family enjoy this one – I have high hopes! ❤️

Marry Me Chicken Pasta Ingredients Notes

Ingredients for Marry Me Chicken Pasta ingredients in small bowls, laid out on a counter top.
  • Chicken – We’re using 650g of skinless and boneless breasts for this recipe, which is about 4 breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks 
  • Pasta – I used ‘spirali’ in these photos, but any sturdy pasta shape that isn’t too fine will work. (If it’s too thin or narrow it will become mushy as you stir.)
  • Oil – Use olive oil, or use the oil from the sun dried tomatoes jar
  • Garlic – I use peeled and crushed fresh garlic here, but feel free to use pre-prepared from a jar or pack
  • Sun dried tomatoes – The type in an oil-filled jar, not the very dry ones
  • Herbs – Dried oregano and paprika from the spice rack 
  • Chicken stock – Made from a cube is fine
  • Cream – Double cream for flavour and texture
  • Parmesan – Grated yourself or pre-grated is fine. Grana Padano is a good, slightly cheaper alternative to Parmesan if you prefer
  • Spinach – Use baby spinach here as it’s more tender and melts into the sauce

How to make Marry Me Chicken Pasta

A pan filled with chunks of cooked chicken for step 1 in the recipe for Marry Me Chicken.

1. Fry chunks of chicken breast in a large pan in hot oil until coloured.

A pan filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spices for step 2 in the recipe for Marry Me Chicken Pasta.

2. Reduce the heat and add garlic, sun dried tomatoes, oregano and paprika for another few minutes as per the recipe below.

A pan filled with chicken and pasta for step 3 in the recipe for Marry Me Chicken Pasta.

3. Add the pasta and stock and stir well. Cook with the lid on as per the recipe below.

A pan filled with chicken, pasta and spinach for step 4 in the recipe for Marry Me Chicken Pasta.

4. Turn the heat right down, then add the spinach and cream. When stirred through, add parmesan and season well.


  • Vegetarian – You could use a meat alternative for the chicken and swap the stock for vegetable stock

Leftovers & Reheating

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving.

If you don’t serve this as soon as it’s cooked, you’ll find that the sauce absorbs into the pasta and there’s not a lot left. It won’t affect the taste, you may just want to add a splash more stock when you warm it through.

Can you freeze this pasta dish? I’m not a big fan of freezing pasta as it can go quite mushy when defrosted and reheated.

All that said, there’s nothing wrong with freezing for lunch if you have leftovers, it’s just not quite as good as fresh or reheated from the fridge.

Cooking Time Tip

The cooking time for One Pot Pastas can vary a lot, depending on the heat and the pasta shape. Just keep an eye on it as it cooks and allow to cook for longer if needed. If you do need to cook for longer, you may need to add a splash or two of more boiling water.

More Marry Me Chicken Recipes…


Can you recommend a good pan for one pot pastas?

Yes! Read my pan review here. I hope it helps.

What kind of pasta should I use?

Any sturdy shape as a very thin pasta shape can break up in one pot pastas as they are stirred. Bear in mind they may vary the cooking time, so just be sure to check it’s cooked through before serving.

Where does Marry Me Chicken come from?

I became aware of it to start with on Pinterest and Tik Tok. I looked at lots of online recipes and discovered that this chicken-in-a-vaguely-Italian-style-cream-sauce was coined by American food publication Delish, because it was even better than Ina Garten’s much-loved ‘Engagement Roast Chicken’ recipe (who is a national foodie treasure in the US) – according to Today.

I decided to have a go at it, but with my own tweaks that I thought it needed, while keeping the main ingredients in common with the original: chicken, cream, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan.

While I love the chicken recipe on its own, the flavours are so adaptable, which is why making this a super family friendly all-in-one meal is so achievable. 

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

Also I’d LOVE to see your cooking creations. If you’d like to share yours with me, you can tag me on Instagram (@tamingtwins).

5 from 2 votes

Marry Me Chicken Pasta {One Pot Recipe}

This one pan Marry Me Chicken Pasta is a mouthwatering family favourite – creamy, dreamy flavour and ready in about 30 minutes. A quick and easy midweek meal that tastes a bit special.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 650 g Boneless & skinless chicken breast, About 4 breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil, See notes
  • 3 Garlic cloves, Peeled and crushed
  • 170 g Sun dried tomatoes, Drained
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 250 g Dried pasta, See notes
  • 650 ml Chicken stock, See notes
  • 150 ml Double cream
  • 50 g Parmesan, Grated
  • 120 g Spinach
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat. When it's hot, carefully add the chicken pieces and a good sprinkling of pepper. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until all sides are starting to colour.
  • Reduce the heat and add the garlic, sun dried tomatoes, oregano and paprika. Stir for 3-5 minutes until the garlic is softened.
  • Add the pasta and stock and give everything a good stir and put the lid on. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Turn the heat to the lowest setting add the spinach and cream and stir very well for 1-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the cream is heated through. Check the chicken is cooked through and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the parmesan.


Oil: Use olive oil, or use some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes jar. This adds heaps of extra flavour.
Cooking time: The cooking time for One Pot Pastas can vary a lot, depending on the heat and the pasta shape. Just keep an eye on it as it cooks and allow to cook for longer if needed. If you do need to cook for longer, you may need to add a splash or two of more boiling water.


Calories: 809kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 60gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 709mgPotassium: 2624mgFiber: 8gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 4392IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 290mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. I don’t cook that often so wanted a nice easy dish to cook for family .they all loved this dish and it was very easy to make ,so I loved it to thank you very much for the recipe

  2. 5 stars
    One of my favourite dinners, so easy yet so full of flavour! Bigger bonus is my kids like it too (and one of them is super fussy)!