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This Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken is made quickly in the Instant Pot. You can substitute the chicken breast for chicken breast cutlet, thigh, or even salmon. This is served as is or used as pasta toppings.

Instant Pot has revolutionized how we cook. This magical kitchen appliance has gained immense popularity with its efficiency and convenience. The Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken is one recipe that has captured many hearts and taste buds.

This article will explore the enticing world of Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken, unraveling its step-by-step recipe guide.

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What is Marry Me Chicken?

  • Marry Me Chicken is a delightful, creamy dish that bursts with flavors. Initially prepared in a skillet, this recipe has been adapted for the Instant Pot, making it even easier to create this culinary masterpiece. The name “Marry Me Chicken” stems from the dish’s ability to captivate and charm, often leaving those who taste it asking for a hand in marriage.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick Meal: Instant Pot makes life so easy, and preparing meals is always a breeze, and it often cuts cooking time in half.
  • Creamy– the sauce is so creamy it can be a complete meal. You can make the sauce by itself and use it as a pasta sauce.
  • Healthier – the chicken breast is so tender and packed with protein and is high in fiber. The creamy heavy whipping cream adds calcium to the meal.
  • One pot– who wants to do some dishwashing after a long day’s work- not me. This meal uses the inner pot of the instant pot- the only pot you use on this.

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What is Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken Made of?

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.

  • Chicken Breast: This recipe needs four pieces of chicken breast. Chicken breast is a lean and versatile cut of meat known for its mild flavor and tender texture.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: adds a creamy and luscious texture to the sauce, making it smooth and indulgent.
  • Sun-Dried Tomato: Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes that have been dried in the sun or through other drying methods. They have an intense and slightly sweet flavor that adds depth to the dish.
  • Salt: Salt is a common seasoning used to enhance the recipe’s overall taste, showcasing the flavor of other ingredients.
  • Onion Powder: It adds a concentrated onion flavor to the dish without the texture of fresh onions.
  • Garlic Powder: It adds a savory and slightly spicy taste to the dish, similar to fresh garlic but in a more convenient powdered form.
  • Dry Bay leaves– this up the taste of the sauce a notch.
  • Cilantro– you can substitute it with bay leaves

How Do you cook Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken?

Follow the given instructions step by step for making delicious marry me Chicken.

Coating the Chicken:

  • Place the chicken breasts on a flat surface.
  • Coat both sides of each chicken breast with flour. This will help thicken the sauce later.

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Browning the Chicken:

  • Press the “Saute” button on your Instant Pot and set the timer to 30 minutes.
  • Melt butter in the Instant Pot.
  • Brown the chicken breasts on both sides for about 3 minutes per side to seal in the juices and add flavor.
  • Add ½ cup of heavy whipping cream to the pot.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes for a tangy flavor. Put the bell pepper and red onion on top. Complete the ingredient by adding the dried bay leaves.
  • Cancel the “Saute” function on the Instant Pot.

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Pressure Cooking:

  • Cover the pot with the pressure cooker lid.
  • Press the “Pressure Cook” button.
  • Set the pressure to high and the timer to 15 minutes.
  • Allow the Chicken to cook under pressure, making it tender and flavorful.

Quick Release and Serving:

  • Once the cooking time is complete, quickly release the pressure.
  • Carefully remove the lid when the pressure is fully released.
  • Press the saute button setting and set the timer to thirty minutes. Season the chicken with onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the cilantro and mix it into the sauce. Let the sauce simmer for two more minutes.
  • The Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken is now ready to be served.
  • Serve with your favorite sides, such as rice, pasta, or vegetables.

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Can I Use Frozen Chicken Breasts For This Recipe?

  • I recommend using this recipe’s thawed (defrosted) chicken breasts to ensure even cooking. If you only have frozen Chicken, you can still use it, but you must adjust the cooking time accordingly.

How Can I Make The Sauce Thicker?

  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can add a cornstarch slurry. Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water, then add it to the pot during the last sautéing process. Stir well until the sauce reaches the desired thickness.

Can I Freeze The Leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers of Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken. Once cooled, transfer the portions to airtight freezer-safe containers or freezer bags. Cooked Chicken can be frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months and thawed in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

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Common Questions

Can I make Marry Me Chicken without sun-dried tomatoes?

  • Yes, of course. The Sun Dried Tomatoes have a hint of sourness to the sauce. You can substitute it with tomato paste.

What Substitution can I use?

Meat-You can use different meat in this recipe. Make sure to adjust the pressure cooking time depending on the kind of meat you use.

  • Salmon– two minutes cooking times
  • Chicken Thigh– cook this for twelve minutes.
  • Chicken Breast Cutlet- since chicken cutlets are sliced into pieces, you can cook this on HI pressure for five minutes.
  • Cilantro– you can use fresh basil leave.

Can I skip the Parmesan Cheese?

Yes, you can! Parmesan cheese makes the sauce extra saucy, contributing to how the sauce tastes; however, this recipe is creamy and delicious enough without it.

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Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken

This Instant Pot Marry Me Chicken is made quickly in the Instant Pot. You can replace the chicken breast with chicken thigh, or even a salmon.

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  • Instant Duo Crisps Plus Air Fryer 8 quart


  • 4 pieces chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato
  • 1 mediun red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped


  • Place chicken on a flat surface and coat both sides with flour.

  • Push the saute button and set the timer to thirty minutes. Melt the butter and brown the chicken breast on both sides. Brown each side for three minutes.

  • Add the high heavy cream. Place the sun-dried tomato, red onion, and red bell pepper on top. Add the dried bay leaves.

  • Cancel the saute button and cover the pot with the pressure cooker lid.

    Push the pressure cooker button setting. Set the pressure to HI and set the timer to fifteen minutes- Quick release when done.

  • Push the saute button setting and set the timer for thirty minutes. Season the chicken with salt, ground pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add the chopped cilantro. Let it simmer for two minutes and serve.


Ingredients Notes

  • You can substitute the meat with Salmon, chicken thigh, and chicken cutlets.
  • Use this sauce recipe for pasta, and skip the meat.
  • If you want the sauce extra saucy, add parmesan cheese. I skip this in this recipe since my husband is not allowed cheeses for the time being.
  • Serve this on rice, pasta, or by itself.
  • Substitute the butter with cooking oil.
  • Use basil instead of cilantro.

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