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Marry Me Pasta was just one of those dishes I needed to try for myself and see if it’s worth all the hype.  With my own little spin, I can say it definately was!  The creamy richness from the sauce along with the charcoal flavor from the grilled chicken, this was a winning dish and something I will make again.  

Chicken Grilling Tips:

  • Grill  the chicken to 160 degrees internal temperature and rest if for 10 minutes.  The chicken will come to the correct temp of 165 degrees and will be tender and juicy inside.
  • Do not overcook pasta.  Make sure it’s slightly al dente.

Step 1: Grill chicken breast.

The recipe calls for chicken breast, but thighs will work well here as well.  Keeping it original to the recipe I decided to use chicken breast.  Coat in olive oil for the binder and season with Dad’s All Purpose rub. The seasoning is the perfect combo of salt, pepper and paprika spices. 

Seasoned Chicken with Dad's All Purpose rub

Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set it for direct heat.  Flip the chicken every 3-4 minutes until the it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.  This process will allow the meat to cook to the correct temp of 165 degrees and more importantly keep the chicken tender and juicy inside.

The biggest mistake people make when grilling chicken is removing at 165 degrees.  The meat continues to cook after being removed from the grill or pan which always results in overcooked and dry chicken. 

Chicken Grilling Tips

  • Grill  the chicken to 160 degrees internal temperature and rest if for 10 minutes.  The chicken will come to the correct temp of 165 degrees and will be tender and juicy inside.
  • Do not overcook pasta.  Make sure it’s slightly al dente.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: Make homemade Marry Me Pasta sauce.

All the hype of this dish is in the sauce. Simple ingredients that transform into a rich and creamy pasta.

Before you get started on the sauce, cook a bag of fettuccini pasta.  Bring water to a boil, add salt and throw in full pasta strips.  Do not break them in half.  Cook for 13-15 minutes until they are al dente in texture. When draining pasta, set some of the pasta water aside.  You might need it later if your sauce is too thick.

In a skillet, melt butter and add minced garlic.  Next, add in equal parts chicken broth and heavy cream.  This is when you can add a splash of white wine if you care for it.  Whisk continuously to prevent the sauce from burning and clumping.  Add in a lot of grated parmesan cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes, Italian herbs and Dad’s All Purpose rub. Mix the cooked pasta into the sauce. 

Serve the Marry Me Pasta with sliced chicken, more freshly grated parmesan cheese and some chopped basil.  Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How to keep chicken patty juicy?

The most important step in having juicy patties is the internal temperature. By removing chicken patties at 160 degrees and letting it rest for 10 minutes this will not only trap and redistribute the juices throughout the meat but bring it up to safe to eat temperature of 165 degrees.

How to make ground chicken more flavorful?

Chicken is a very bland protein. Do not be scared to experiment with flavor and use more seasonings. Use strong flavors like garlic, ginger and soy. When seasoning the ground chicken, add 1 tbsp of seasoning per pound.

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Marry Me Pasta

The creamy richness from the sauce along with the charcoal flavor from the grilled chicken, makes this Marry Me Pasta a winning dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp Dad's All Purpose rub
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 pkg Fettuccini pasta

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 2 tsp Dad's All Purpose rub

Instructions 

  • Coat the chicken breast in olive oil for the binder and season with Dad's All Purpose rub.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set it for direct heat.  Flip the chicken every 3-4 minutes until the it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.  Let it rest for 10 minutes. 
  • To cook pasta, bring water to a boil, add salt and throw in full pasta strips. Cook for 13-15minutes until they are al dente in texture then drain.
  • In a skillet, melt butter and add minced garlic. Add chicken broth and heavy cream. Whisk continuously to prevent the sauce from burning and clumping. 
  • Next, add in grated parmesan cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes, Italian herbs and Dad's All Purpose rub. Mix the cooked pasta into the sauce. 
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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