This Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken recipe is so easy, yet so delicious – requiring just 7 simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make. Plus, this chicken with sun dried tomatoes is fuss-free and made entirely in the oven! Featuring oven baked chicken breasts, sweet sundried tomatoes, robust Italian seasonings and plenty of melty cheese, all tucked in a rich, creamy white sauce!
Updated: This post was originally published in November 2017. I made updates to the post below to include more information about this baked tomato chicken! Plus, I’ve added a recipe video along with step-by-step photos to show you how exactly how easy this cheesy chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and basil is to make!
Hi there, friends! I hope you are hungry! Because, today we are making ridiculously easy, incredibly cheesy, chicken with sun-dried tomato cream sauce! If you love Marry Me Chicken, you will love this simple, hands-off, casserole-style recipe!
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About this sun-dried tomato chicken recipe
This cheesy baked chicken features tender chicken breasts tucked in a luscious cream sauce studded with chewy sun-dried tomatoes, pungent garlic and Italian herbs. The casserole is then smothered in plenty of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and baked to melty perfection! To make this hot dish oh-so pretty and next-level delicious, you’ll garnish the tomato cream chicken with plump cherry tomatoes, spicy crushed red pepper flakes, fresh basil and MORE cheese before serving! This chicken bake is ultra-cheesy, creamy and heavenly delicious!
As if all that yummy jazz wasn’t enough, this tomato chicken bake is also SO simple and easy to prepare! A quick whisking and a 25-minute bake time is all that stands in between you and this easy, cheesy chicken dinner!
Why you’ll love this chicken dinner
- Marry Me Chicken made easy!! This is a fuss-free, casserole-style, easy Marry Me Chicken recipe! There’s no browning the chicken breasts or preparing the cream sauce on the stove! This easy chicken dinner comes together in one casserole dish!
- 7 ingredients! This chicken recipe with sundried tomatoes only requires 7 easy-to-find ingredients, along with a few pantry seasonings!
- 30 minutes! This sundried tomato cream sauce chicken requires minimal prep! You can have this entire creamy chicken recipe prepped, ready and on the table in 30 minutes or less!
- So flavorful! Featuring tender chicken breasts, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, aromatic garlic, fresh herbs, and plenty of cheese, this creamy tomato chicken casserole is anything but boring or bland!
- Customizable! You can easily customize this flexible recipe! Try adding spinach, artichokes, and/or bacon! Or give the baked chicken casserole a generous drizzle of balsamic before serving! The sky is the limit – create the perfect restaurant-style sun dried tomato chicken breasts for you and your family!
What is sundried tomato chicken?
Sun dried tomatoes with chicken, also known as ‘Marry Me Chicken’ or sometimes as ‘Wedding Chicken’, is a famous Sicilian poultry dish that purports to be so delicious it results in a marriage proposal! Traditionally, this Sicilian dish is made of sautéed chicken breasts in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce flavored with fresh garlic, spicy red pepper flakes, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil.
This recipe is an easy, family-pleasing, 30-minute casserole-style version of the famous creamy Sicilian chicken! The traditional recipe calls for browning the chicken in a skillet, cooking the sauce on the stove top, and then baking the sauce and chicken together. However, this modern chicken & sundried tomatoes recipe simplifies the process by cooking everything – the chicken and the sun-dried tomato cream sauce – right in casserole dish in the oven!
What does sun dried tomatoes with chicken taste like?
This tomato chicken bake is rich, creamy and extra cheesy! It’s incredibly flavorful and bursting with robust Italian flavors!
Baking the chicken in a mixture of both heavy cream and sour cream gives the chicken breasts a magically delicious, melt-in-your-mouth feel. The tomato cream sauce turns velvety, luscious and super smooth. Essentially, this sun dried tomato chicken meal is downright delicious!
FAQs: sun-dried tomatoes
Where to buy sun-dried tomatoes?
You can purchase sun-dried tomatoes in most major grocery stores or from an online retailer. Typically, you can find sun dried tomatoes in either a jar or sealed bag in the canned vegetable aisle, near the artichokes and olives. However, I have also seen them located in the pasta aisle, next to the prepared tomato sauces!
Varieties of sun dried tomatoes
As I mention above, there are two different varieties of sun-dried tomatoes in the grocery store – dry or oil-packed !
- Dry-packed: Plain, or dry-packed tomatoes are sold in sealed packages. They have a texture similar to chewy dried fruit.
- Oil-packed: Oil-packed sun dried tomatoes are sold in jars. They are dried in the same exact way as dry-packed tomatoes. However, after the tomatoes are dried out they are submerged in oil. Packing them in oil gives the tomatoes a richer, more luxurious mouthfeel!
Tomatoes for this recipe: You can use either dry- or oil-packed tomatoes in this creamy sun-dried chicken bake recipe. With that said, I recommend tomatoes in oil because they have more flavor. You will drain the tomatoes out of the oil before proceeding with the recipe. Plus, you can save the sun-dried tomato oil and use in instead of regular olive oil in future recipes!
Pro-tip on sun-dried tomatoes: Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes are sold as whole tomatoes or finely julienned pieces (thin strips). If you want to save time, I recommend using julienned sun dried tomatoes to make this creamy chicken casserole!
How to store sun-dried tomatoes?
Unopened jars of sun-dried tomatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place in the pantry. When ready to use sun-dried tomatoes, make sure you drain them and pat off all excess oil with a paper towel before proceeding with the recipe.
Opened jars of sun-dried tomatoes should stored in the refrigerator.
How to make chicken with sun dried tomatoes
This sundried tomato basil chicken is so quick and simple to prepare! Grab your ingredients and let’s make this fool-proof chicken casserole dinner!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the inside of a casserole dish with cooking spray or butter and set aside.
- Season chicken: Pat the chicken breasts dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken to the casserole baking dish.
- Whisk together tomato cream sauce: In a large measuring cup, whisk together the heavy whipping cream, sour cream, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, basil and thyme. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle both the mozzarella and the parmesan cheeses evenly over top.
- Bake for 22-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Optional – for more golden brown top: Switch the oven to broil during the last few minutes of baking, and broil for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese is golden. Make sure you watch closely as the dish can go from golden to burned very quickly!!
- Rest: Remove the baked Sicilian chicken from the oven and tent loosely with foil. Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10.
- Serve: Remove the foil and discard. Garnish the top of the chicken with fresh basil and grated parmesan, along with fresh tomatoes and red pepper flakes if using. Enjoy!
Below is a list of basic kitchen tools you will need to prepare this sun-dried tomato chicken breast recipe!
- Casserole dish. You will need an 8×11-inch baking dish or pan.
- Large liquid measure. A large liquid measuring cup makes easy work of making the garlic sun-dried tomato cream sauce! I recommend using a 3 to 4-cup measure.
- Whisk. You will need a whisk to mix the Sicilian cream sauce!
- Aluminum foil. While totally optional, I recommend you lightly the casserole with aluminum foil so the chicken bake doesn’t get cold while resting!
Step-by-step photos: Making sun dried tomato chicken recipe
Below you will find a picture collage showing you exactly how to make this tomato cream chicken, step-by-step! You can find the full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Tips for the best chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes
- For best results, lightly pound out chicken: For even cooking and juicy chicken, I suggest you very lightly pound the chicken breasts out to an even thickness. You can use the flat side of a meat mallet, a rolling pin, the backside of a small flat skillet, or even an empty wine bottle to pound our the chicken!! Just make sure you cover the chicken with plastic wrap to prevent making a mess. Also, remember to start pounding from the center and work your way out, towards the edges of the chicken breast.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: I recommend using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, because they have so much more flavor!
- Bake time: The precise amount of time you will need to bake the chicken will depend on how thin you pounded your chicken and the strength of your oven! I pounded mine to about ¾’’ thick and the chicken breasts took approximately 23 minutes to cook.
- For golden color: If you want your cheesy baked tomato chicken to have a more golden top, switch the oven to broil during the last 2-4 minutes!
How to know when sun dried tomatoes chicken in done baking?
The most accurate way to check your Sicilian chicken breasts for doneness is to use a digital (instant-read) thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breast to check the internal temperature.
Food safety guidelines state that chicken is done and safe to eat once the internal temperature reaches (at least) 165-degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, creamy chicken with sundried tomatoes is done when the juices run clear if cut with a knife.
What to serve with creamy chicken with sundried tomatoes?
This cheesy chicken bake goes well with pretty much anything! You can serve these baked chicken breasts over your favorite pasta and rice, or with seasonal vegetables and more!
- Artisan bread: Toasted, crusty bread is a must for sopping up this creamy sundried tomato sauce!
- Salad: Anything from a simple green side salad to a Caesar, kale or Italian salad works well here!
- Tomato Salad: Emphasize the sweet tomato flavor by serving marinated tomato salad on the side!
- Roasted or steamed vegetables: You can serve this baked chicken with your favorite fresh vegetables. Anything from broccoli or cauliflower to an Italian blend with zucchini and carrots or green beans pairs well!
- Zucchini noodles: If you are looking to cut some calories and keep your chicken dinner low-carb, while adding some veggies to your plate, ‘zoodles‘ are a great option!
- Pasta: Any type of pasta from long, thin angel hair to small, grain shaped orzo works well!
- Grains: Quinoa, rice, couscous and bulgur pair terrifically with this creamy chicken bake!
- Mashed potatoes: This creamy Sicilian chicken is exceptionally delicious on top of buttery mashed potatoes! Or use cauliflower mash (mock mash potatoes) to keep your chicken dinner low carb!
- Gnocchi: Pillowy gnocchi are absolutely delicious with this sun dried tomato chicken with cream sauce pairs perfectly with pillowy gnocchi! Both mini and regular gnocchi work well!
Chef’s recommendation: This creamy chicken with sun dried tomatoes is easy Italian comfort food at its finest! Keep this chicken dinner simple and delicious by serving a hearty chopped Italian Salad and fluffy 1-Hour Dinner Rolls on the side for a yummy meal the entire family will love.
Storing sun dried tomatoes chicken recipe
How to store chicken breast sun dried tomato
Allow the leftover creamy chicken breasts to cool completely to room temperature. Place the chicken and sauce in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to reheat leftovers
You can reheat baked chicken with tomato cream sauce one of two different ways!
- Oven: Place leftover creamy chicken into a baking dish and tent the top lightly with foil. Reheat in the oven until warm throughout.
- Microwave: Add the baked chicken leftovers to a microwave-safe container. Place a microwave-safe lid on top of the container, leaving the lid slightly cracked at the side (forming a vent). Reheat at 50% power, stirring and flipping the chicken breasts every 60 seconds, until the dish is warm throughout.
Kick your boring weeknight chicken dinners up a few dozen notches with this Creamy Baked Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Bake. Easy to prepare and even easier to devour, this dish is sure to become a new family favorite!
Until next week, friends, cheers – to easy, cheesy eats!
More easy Italian chicken dinners!
Are you looking for more easy, restaurant-quality chicken recipes? Try these family favorites next!
- Chicken Margherita Pasta (A creamy, one pot meal!)
- Baked Chicken Meatballs (Saucy, spicy and so delicious!)
- Chicken Florentine (one pan, 30 minute chicken dinner!)
The best recipe for creamy sun dried tomato chicken. (Plus step-by-step video!)👇
Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken
- 1 8x11-inch Baking Dish
- 1 Large Measuring Cup
- 1 Whisk
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (SEE NOTES)
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- ¾ Cup Sour Cream
- 3 large Cloves Garlic – finely chopped
- ½ Cup Sundried Tomatoes in Oil – drained and thinly sliced (about 6 large tomatoes) (SEE NOTES)
- 1 Cup Parmesan – freshly grated, plus more for topping
- 1 ½ Cups Mozzarella – freshly shredded
- 3/4 tsp EACH: Dried Oregano & Dried Basil
- ½ tsp Dried Thyme
- Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
- Optional Garnish: Fresh Basil, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Cherry Tomatoes
- Optional for Serving: Cooked Pasta, Crusty Bread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray the inside of an 8x11-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Season chicken: Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking dish.
- Whisk together cream sauce: In a large measuring cup, whisk together the cream, sour cream, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, basil and thyme.
- Pour sauce over chicken + add cheese: Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over top.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 22-30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the middle of one of the chicken breasts reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. OPTIONAL- for more golden brown top: Switch the oven to broil during the last few minutes of baking, and broil for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese is golden. Make sure you watch closely as the dish can go from golden to burned very quickly!!
- Rest: Remove the chicken from the oven and tent loosely with foil. Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10.
- Serve: Remove the foil and discard. Garnish the top of the chicken with fresh basil, grated parmesan and crushed flakes if using. Enjoy!
- For best results, lightly pound out chicken: For even cooking, I highly suggest you very lightly pound your chicken breasts out to an even ¾-1’’ thickness. It takes about 2 minutes to do, but it makes a world of difference and your chicken will be much juicier! You can use the flat side of a meat mallet, a rolling pin, the backside of a small flat skillet, or even an empty wine bottle to pound the chicken out!! Just make sure you cover the chicken with plastic wrap, or put it in a zip-closure bag, and work from the center, out towards the edges of the breast, pounding gently in a downward and outward motion.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: I recommend using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, because they have so much more flavor! You can purchase either whole sun-dried tomatoes or save yourself a little prep time and purchase julienned sun-dried tomatoes. Just make sure you drain the tomatoes and pat them thoroughly dry to remove excess oil before proceeding with the recipe.
- Bake time: The amount of time needed to bake the chicken will depend on how thin you pounded your chicken and the strength of your oven. I pounded mine to about ¾’’ thick and they took approximately 23 minutes to cook (my oven is brand new and properly calibrated).
- For golden color: If you want your cheesy baked chicken to have a more golden top, switch the oven to broil during the last 2-4 minutes. Just make sure you keep a close eye on the oven as the dish can go from golden brown and delicious to burnt pretty quickly.
- The sauce: If you are looking for a super thick sauce alfredo-like sauce, this Chicken isn’t it. Since this is a quick and easy dish make entirely in the oven, there is no roux or thickener in the sauce. The sauce is silky and smooth, but it is on the thinner side.
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