Marry Me Soup

If you’re a fan of the popular Marry Me chicken recipe, then you’ll love this Marry Me soup recipe. It’s a creamy, cheesy delight that will leave you wanting more. If you are looking for a dinner that will have you lickin’ your bowl clean, THIS is the recipe. Packed with flavor, rich and creamy, this is an irresistible soup.

If you love soups, check out my other popular soup recipes like my broccoli cheddar soup, loaded baked potato soup, or Cajun tortellini soup!

What is Marry Me Chicken?

“Marry Me Chicken” is a well-known recipe involving chicken breasts in a creamy, cheesy sauce with sundried tomatoes and spices. This dish is so delicious that it has earned its name from people who jokingly claim it can make someone propose marriage after eating it. Inspired by this famous chicken dish, I created a soup recipe you might enjoy trying out.

Reasons why everyone loves this recipe:

  1. It is creamy – Who doesn’t love a creamy and cozy soup? This recipe is super rich and delicious. The sundried tomatoes, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese create an irresistible flavor.
  2. It’s perfect for crowds. Are you looking for a family-friendly meal? This dish is a total crowd-pleaser! Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this delicious Marry Me Chicken Soup.
  3. It’s packed with flavor – All of the spices combined with the parmesan cheese, heavy cream, basil, and sundried tomatoes make this soup a match made in flavor heaven. If you’re looking for a flavor that is *chef’s kiss*, this is your recipe!

Ingredients You’ll Need for Marry me Soup (Full Recipe Below)

Chicken Breasts- This is the primary protein of the soup! Boneless skinless chicken are best!

Sun-Dried Tomatoes- Sun-dried tomatoes will give your soup a sweet and tangy flavor. Look for them in the produce section of your local grocery store. If using sun-dried tomatoes in oil, make sure to strain them as much as possible.

Onion- I like to use white onion for this recipe but you can use yellow onion too!

Garlic- Need I say more? Garlic goes in everything!

Heavy Cream- The heavy cream is the base of the soup and will add richness and creaminess! You’ll need a whole quart for this recipe!

Chicken Broth-If possible, use low sodium! No chicken broth? No problem- to 1 cup of water, use 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon.

Parmesan Cheese- My favorite cheese to use for this soup! You can also use Monterey jack cheese, mozzarella, or even pecorino romano!

Flour- The flour is very important as it is a base of the soup and an essential part of thickening it!

Butter- Unsalted Butter is best! What isn’t better without butter?

Spices– This soup is so flavorful because there is a ton of spices!

Basil- Adding basil to the end adds undeniable vibrancy and freshness to the soup! This soup is fantastic!

Bacon (optional but recommended)- Using bacon helps build so much flavor, and the bacon bits are a great topping!

Tips for Making the Perfect Marry Soup

  • Hand shreds your parmesean- This makes a HUGE difference. Hand-shredded cheese is cheaper and melts better, and has more flavor. Pre-shredded cheeses contain enzymes and preservatives that steal the cheese’s greatness- hand shreds if you can!
  • Nail your Roux– A roux combines equal parts flour and fat (in this recipe, we will use butter). Roux’s are common in Southern, Cajun, and Soul Food dishes because they help thicken sauces and, sometimes, add flavor. When making a roux, your fat is added and melted, and then you stir or whisk in flour. For optimal results, your roux should be thick and smooth. If your roux is clumpy, the ratio of ingredients is imbalanced. Correct this by adding tbsps of chicken broth, one at a time, to thin your roux. 
  • Get creative- This soup is very versatile! Add chicken and other veggies, or taste as you go and add swaps and seasonings as you like! 
  • Use Bacon- If you are a pork eater, I highly recommend using bacon to add flavor! Bacon is a great way to add depth to your soup. You can skip this step if you do not eat pork, but it elevates your soup!
  • Slow and low- Take your time with this! Building flavor takes time! Enjoy the process!

FAQ for this Marry Me Soup

  1. Can I skip the bacon?
    Absolutely. Start by searing chicken with 2 tbsps of oil. Set aside and remove. Add butter and flour to build your roux, then add onion and garlic slowly. Follow the rest of the steps.
  2. What Can I substitute for sundried tomatoes?
    You can replace the sundried tomatoes in this recipe with 1 tbsp of tomato paste or 1 large diced tomato.
  3. How long does it take to cook the chicken?
    Cooking time depends on the size of the chicken pieces. Generally, it takes about 8-10 minutes to cook small chicken pieces thoroughly.
  4. Can I use bone-in chicken for this recipe?
    Yes, you can use bone-in chicken pieces, but cooking will take longer. Make sure to cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  5. Can I use a different type of protein instead of chicken?
    Yes, you can use beef, pork, shrimp, tofu, or seitan as a substitute for chicken. Could you make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly?

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Marry Me Soup

Marry Me Soup

A creamy, cheesy, delicious soup
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course dinner, American
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 400 kcal


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced thin
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium if possible
  • 4 slices bacon optional
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 7 oz sundried tomatoes
  • ½ onion diced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped
  • 1 cup parmesean cheese shredded
  • 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped into small pieces

Spices for the Chicken

  • 2 tsps paprika
  • ½ tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Spices for the soup

  • 2 tsps paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cajun seasoning


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel to drain. Leave the bacon fat in the pot.
  • Season the chicken breasts with the spices listed. Sear the chicken in the bacon fat until browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pot once its fully cooked and set it aside.
  • Put some butter in the pot. Then, sauté the onions and garlic until they become soft.
  • Add flour to the pot to make a roux, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns golden brown.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot and stir everything together.
  • Add the chicken broth, heavy cream and spices. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Add in diced Yukon gold potatoes and let the soup simmer until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.
  • Add Parmesan cheese to the soup and stir until it is melted and blended.
  • Shred the chicken and add it back to the soup. Let it all simmer together.
  • Add chopped basil leaves to the soup right before serving and garnish with chopped bacon
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  1. Raquel January 27, 2024 at 12:41 am

    5 stars
    AMAZING! Made this for my husband and he won’t stop talking about it

  2. Shequita Lynch January 27, 2024 at 11:34 pm

    I’d like to make this recipe as meal prep. Will it freeze well?

  3. Hawa Arba January 28, 2024 at 5:17 am

    5 stars
    I saw this soup on IG, and knew I had to try it. So the same night Toni posted it, I was doing it.
    My youngest son said many times it was smelling good, and when I told him what would be in the soup, he said “sounds so good”.

    And it was delicious. Easy and quicker to made than I thought. It’s now a future sample in my house. Everyone loved it, it’s full of flavour, with the right amount of spices and ingredients that go so well together.

    Thank you Toni for a great recipe. My mission now is to try as many recipes from you that I can ❤️

  4. @EXPATSTRAVELING January 28, 2024 at 6:27 am

    I used smoked duck in place of the bacon. Delicious 😋

  5. @EXPATSTRAVELING January 28, 2024 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    I used smoked duck in place of the bacon. Delicious 😋 Next time I’ll double it so I’ll have some left to freeze!

  6. Aliya Wray January 28, 2024 at 8:35 am

    Marry Me Soup! Chef kiss. Currently warming up leftovers. This dish is the perfect winter meal. It’s filled with flavor, and very fulfilling. It was also fun to make ! My man, and my kids loved it!

  7. Mike Ngarambe January 28, 2024 at 9:09 am

    Toni Chapman’s “Marry Me Soup” is nothing short of divine! Each spoonful is a testament to her culinary prowess, offering a warm, flavorful embrace that’s both comforting and exquisite. It’s a must-try recipe that truly lives up to its name! Five stars!

  8. Leslie L Gordon January 28, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    I’m making this for the first time. I got dried sundried tomatoes in a 3 oz package. It seems like a ton. The recipe calls for 7 oz. Anyone have any feedback for me? 2 packages seems like too much…

  9. Sabrina January 29, 2024 at 8:34 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! So happy I got to try it out.

  10. jakedevost January 29, 2024 at 8:49 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic winter soup! So hearty and warm. I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and gluten free flour. I also added even more chicken! This recipe will be a regular for me – I had to follow Toni on Instagram. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Aminah January 29, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    So bomb! Directions are easy to follow and so flavorful and tasty.

  12. James January 29, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delish

  13. Phoenix January 29, 2024 at 10:52 pm

    5 stars
    This soup was amazing if you are thinking about making it please do! Very flavorful recipe that you will not regret. My boyfriend didn’t even know soup could look like this 😂. If your chicken breast are super thick slice them in half for a faster cooking time.

  14. Ana Urrutia January 30, 2024 at 8:17 pm

    5 stars
    This soup has so much flavor 😋 it turned out so delicious.

  15. Mary B. January 30, 2024 at 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    Whole family loved it

  16. Wez January 31, 2024 at 8:51 am

    Could this be made in a slow cooker

  17. Russell Lee Drummer January 31, 2024 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    Really great recipe. I made it tonite because I’m simply tapped out of ideas for making dinner very night. Only things I changed were deglazing with white wine , pino to be specific. And I used smoked paprika and smoked sun dried tomatoes. I’m a if fan of the smoker flavor. And it doesn’t come through overly heavy because the amount of cream and butter. I topped with green onions and spritz of lemon., and extra parm. Because why not?!?

    Overall. Really fantastic. This recipe gave me four bowls for dinner tonite. At about 12oz per serving. Then I had a gallon left over that I will distribute to friends.

  18. Beth E February 2, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for the first time. I must say, hands down the best soup I’ve ever made! Bursting with flavor and tastes so fresh. Will absolutely make again!! Thank you!

  19. QUEEN February 3, 2024 at 5:34 am

    5 stars
    Delish . Quick easy meal. What more could a gal ask for !!!

  20. Kim February 3, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for my family and it was so delicious! Perfect for a cold day! My boyfriend came home and ate it for breakfast he loved it so much lol The recipe was so easy to follow and I love that there’s room to improvise. I will definitely try more of Toni’s recipes.!

  21. Tara February 4, 2024 at 5:10 am

    5 stars
    This was my first time ever making soup and it was absolutely delicious! The flavor is amazing. Thank you for such a delicious recipe. If I could give it 10 stars I would!

  22. Emma February 4, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    5 stars
    I licked the bowl clean!!! I made this and I am a beginner cook. I was so amazed and proud that I could make something that tasted so divine! Thank you for sharing and I’m feeling more confident about trying your other recipes.

    1. Aracelis February 16, 2024 at 5:52 pm

      Just made the marry me soup it’s delicious can the left over be frozen?

  23. Cammy Titus February 5, 2024 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    I just made this soup last night and it is soooooo good! It’s just me and my son so it does make a lot for us but I saw in the comments that it freezes well so I’ll be freezing any left overs. There is so much flavor in this soup, you’ll definitely be licking your spoon and your bowl lol.

  24. Stephanie Alvarez February 7, 2024 at 9:15 pm

    5 stars
    It was amazing !! Thanks Toni !

  25. Alexis Wray February 9, 2024 at 9:09 am

    5 stars
    So yummy and filling. I made this and shared bowls with my family and friends and they were obsessed. The recipe was straightforward and simple. I only made one change, instead of Italian seasoning I added old bay.

  26. Aracelis February 16, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    I followed every step of your recipe and the potatoes took forever to get soft.And a pretty good cook myself love doing different foods. But this one was a challenge for me Can l freez the left over?