Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan {Copycat Recipe}

If I had to pick one absolute favorite meal, I would have to say Chicken Bryan from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. IT. IS. DELISH. The chicken is perfectly grilled over hot coals and topped with a rich, creamy white wine / butter sauce with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, and goat cheese. Add a side of mashed potatoes and I am in heaven!

Here is the copycat recipe for Chicken Bryan, so you can make it at home anytime! The sauce recipe is spot on. I’m also going to include my own recipe for the perfect mashed potatoes… just trust me on this.

A few tips on this recipe… I love this sauce so much, I have doubled it before to make sure everybody got more than enough for their chicken and some to spare for bread dipping! If you’re a basil fanatic like me, feel free to add extra. (In my opinion, you can never have too much fresh basil.) And lastly, I would suggest starting the chicken before you finish the sauce in case it takes extra time. If you’re using coals as directed, make sure they have plenty of time to burn down to a nice glow before cooking the chicken so you don’t accidentally burn it. (Been there, done that, still regretful.)

{The nutrition facts for Chicken Bryan (not including mashed potatoes) are located at the bottom of this page. If you don’t want to know… just avert your eyes.}


Recipe for Chicken Bryan:
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 T minced yellow onion
  • 2 T of butter
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup of cold butter (sliced)
  • 1.5 cups of chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil (about 10 leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8oz of soft goat cheese

➸  Sauté the garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat until tender.

➸  Stir the wine and lemon juice into the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Simmer to reduce by half.

➸  Reduce the heat to low and stir in the COLD butter, one slice at a time. (It needs to be cold butter to get the creamy consistency.)

➸  Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, salt, and white pepper. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

➸  Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

➸  Grill the chicken over hot coals for 15-20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.

➸  A couple of minutes before the chicken is done, place equal amounts of goat cheese on each chicken breast.

➸  Transfer a piece of chicken to a plate and spoon some of the prepared sauce over the chicken.


Recipe for Mashed Potatoes:
  • 10 lb bag of baking potatoes
  • 16oz of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

➸  Peel your potatoes and cut them into fourths. This doesn’t have to be precise, it’s just that smaller pieces cook faster. I used to carefully scrub every potato before peeling it, but I’ve found that if I just peel it and rinse before putting them in the pot, they’ll come out just as clean. It saves time and you’re actually about to boil the crap out of them anyway, so who cares, right?

➸  Boil the potatoes until they’re soft enough to easily cut them with a fork. Drain the hot water out of the pot so you’re left with just potatoes. (No need to dirty a colander, just cover the top with your pot lid, slightly askew so you can pour the water out without dumping the potatoes in the sink.)

➸  Add your stick of butter, sour cream, and milk to the pot and beat it with a handheld mixer like this one.

➸  You can add more milk to the potatoes if you like a creamier consistency, but do this a little bit at a time so you don’t make them too runny. Sometimes if I have a partial stick of butter in the fridge I might throw that in the pot, too. I’ve also added cream cheese before when I didn’t have a full container of sour cream. Mashed potatoes are very forgiving, so feel free to make them your own!

➸  Add salt & pepper to taste. I like a lot of both. Keep beating the potatoes with your handheld mixer until everything is completely combined and there are no noticeable lumps.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 breast
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 1170mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 10.6g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 6.5g
Protein 35.6g 71%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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