My sister Mandy introduced me to Carrabba’s years ago. Actually, it had to be over fifteen years ago…ouch! Our entire family took to Carrabba’s spin on traditional italian favorites and of course the warm bread with herb dip. It has become a standard for Mandy’s birthday dinners. As much as she likes to peruse the menu and talk about ordering something new, she always ends up ordering the Chicken Bryan.
It’s her prevailing order for good reason. Chicken that has been seasoned simply is grilled and then topped with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. But the thing that really puts this dish over the top is the basil butter sauce that’s poured all over it!
Mandy always orders it with pasta, so I tried to meld the entire plateful together. It’s a much lighter version than the original, but I still tried to stay true to all of the major flavor components. Mandy came over for dinner the other week, and Brian and I made this in her honor. She loved it!
It felt wonderful to have the reigning Queen of Chicken Bryan approve my efforts! I hope you enjoy the new and improved chicken”Brian” as much as we did!