You don’t have to leave the house to enjoy sit-down quality dining with this mouth-watering Copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan!
This tender and juicy Copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan is just as amazing as the real thing! From the seasoning to the grill baste to the mouth-watering sauce, this recipe recreates every important detail of this popular restaurant dish to utter perfection!
EXACTLY LIKE THE REAL THING
We’ve all fallen victim to copycat recipes that don’t exactly live up to the hype, but that is definitely not the case with this Copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan recipe! This recipe focuses on each important detail, so with a little patience, you can sit down to your favorite dinner tonight without having to tip the server!
If you love this popular copycat recipe then you have to try Copycat Carrabba’s Cavatappi Amatriciana or Copycat Alice Springs Chicken!
OTHER RECIPES TO SERVE WITH COPYCAT CARRABBA’S CHICKEN BRYAN
- Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce – This super easy sauce is delicious and has a robust flavor perfect for dressing up a simple pasta dinner.
- Ricotta Parmesan Garlic Bread – Hands down my favorite garlic bread recipe for Italian dinners!
- Quick and Easy Italian Dressing – This is the perfect dressing for a simple side salad!
Chicken: This recipe calls for 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts seasoned with Carrabba’s Grill Seasoning.
Carrabba’s Grill Baste: In order to achieve true copycat perfection you’ll start this grill baste by sautéing butter, onions, and garlic and sprinkling it with flour. Then you’ll whisk in olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and sugar before you finish it off with fresh parsley.
Carrabba’s Lemon Butter Sauce: This simple and delicious sauce is made with unsalted butter, yellow onion, minced garlic, dry white wine, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
Toppings: Once you’re all done, you’ll top off this amazing chicken dish with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh chopped basil.
HOW TO MAKE COPYCAT CHICKEN BRYAN
STEP ONE: Make the Carrabba’s grill baste by melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes until they’re softened and then add the chopped garlic and 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic and stir to combine. Cook for another 2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste. Whisk in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and sugar and bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in the parsley, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the grill baste from the heat and set it aside. (The baste will separate as it cools so be sure to whisk it before using.)
STEP TWO: Time to make Carrabba’s Lemon Butter Sauce. Place a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter is melted, add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic. Stirring frequently, cook for about 3 minutes until the onions are translucent. Then stir in the white wine and lemon juice before bringing the sauce to a boil over high heat. Cook the sauce for about 3-5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup.
STEP THREE: Once the lemon butter sauce has been reduced, reduce the heat to low and add 3 tablespoons of butter at a time, whisking each addition of butter until it has completely melted. The trick is to slowly soften the butter into an emulsified sauce. Once the last few tablespoons of butter have melted, season the sauce with salt and pepper and remove it from the heat. Keep the sauce warm over low heat, stirring it often while preparing the chicken.
STEP FOUR: Preheat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat, then cut each chicken breast in half like a book so you have 8 thin-cut breasts. Season each piece all over with Carrabba’s Grill Seasoning. Before placing the chicken on the grill, brush each piece with 3 tablespoons of grill baste. Once basted, add the chicken to the heated grill, close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes.
STEP FIVE After 5 minutes, flip the chicken and cook the other side for an additional 5 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. During the last minute of cooking the chicken top each piece with one slice of goat cheese. Close the lid to help the cheese soften, and then remove the chicken from the grill and place it on a platter.
STEP SIX: To serve Carrabba’s Copycat Chicken Bryan, place two pieces of chicken onto a plate. Spoon as much lemon sauce over each serving as you’d like. Sprinkle the chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil and serve immediately.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- If the lemon sauce separates, remember the sauce will taste the same, but it will look more like melted butter. The key to avoiding this is cooking the sauce on low heat and whisking occasionally while you’re keeping it warm.
- You can cook the chicken on a grill or in a grill pan on the stovetop.
- I’ve made this with chicken thighs before (because they were on sale) and it was really good too.
HOW DID CHICKEN BRYAN GET ITS NAME?
I’m always super curious about the stories behind anything named after a person so I did a little research. As it turns out, this fan-favorite chicken dish isn’t actually named after a person at all! The Carrabba family actually came to America from Sicily in the 1890s and settled in the town of Bryan, Texas. Thus, Chicken Bryan is named after a town and not someone named “Bryan.”
HOW LONG IS GRILLED CHICKEN GOOD FOR?
This delicious Copycat Chicken Bryan recipe probably won’t result in leftovers unless you’re cooking for just yourself. If you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat the lemon butter sauce, place it in a microwave-safe container and reheat it at 20-second intervals. Stir the sauce after each interval and heat until it is warmed through or reheat it on the stovetop.
OTHER IMPRESSIVE COPYCAT RECIPES
- Air Fryer Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
- Slow Cooker Copycat Wendy’s Chili
- Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark
- Starbucks Pink Drink
- Fish Fillet Sandwich
- Cosmic Brownies
*This post was originally posted on 08/17/2015.
- 1 ½ teaspoons Carrabba’s Grill Seasoning
- 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 ounces goat cheese cut into eight ¼-inch rounds
- 4 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil cut into ¼-inch strips
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
Carrabba’s Grill Baste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup yellow onion peeled & diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley finely chopped
Carrabba’s Lemon Butter Sauce
- 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons yellow onion peeled & diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over onions and garlic and stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes.
- Whisk in the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the parsley and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Be sure to whisk before you use, as the baste will start to separate.
Lemon Butter Sauce
- Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter melts, add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to cook until the liquid is reduced to about ¼ cup, about 3-5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low. Add 3 tablespoons of butter at a time – whisking the butter until it is completely melted before adding another 3 tablespoons. (This will make sure it emulsifies into the sauce.) Season the sauce with salt and pepper, then remove from heat.
- Keep sauce warm over low heat, stirring often, while preparing the recipe of this recipe. (Use immediately or store the sauce for up to 2 hours at room temperature.)
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Cut each chicken breast into halves (like a book), making 8 thin-cut chicken breast pieces. Season chicken all over with the grill seasoning.
- Then right before you lay the chicken on the grill, brush the chicken breasts with 3 tablespoons of the grill baste. Add the chicken to the hot grill, close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken is browned, firm to the touch, and cooked through (with an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
- During the last minute of cooking, top each chicken breast with one round of goat cheese. Close the grill lid and let the cheese melt/soften.
- Transfer the chicken to a platter. Top with sun-dried tomatoes and basil, and drizzle with as much lemon butter sauce over the top as you like. Place 2 pieces of chicken on a plate along with some pasta. Serve warm.
Pina Finazzo says
Can I make the grill baste and lemon butter sauce days ahead of time so I can make this dish quickly on week night after work?
Real Housemoms JK says
Hey Pina, this is best served right away. I haven’t made it days ahead of time so let me know how it works for you!
What kind of white wine is best to use? I’m not familiar with cooking with wine.
Jennifer Kimmel says
Hello Sharon! Any dry white wine will work. You don’t need anything expensive.
I live in a condo and don’t have a grill. How should I cook the chicken.
Aubrey Cota says
Some of my favorite ways to get that “grill” like texture and flavor is on a George Foreman or even just an iron skillet on the stove.
My daughter made this for dinner tonight as one of our favorite dishes is Chicken Bryan. It tasted like the original. Very flavorful. She substituted apple cider vinegar for the red wine vinegar. Excellent recipe.
Aubrey Cota says
Awesome! Thanks so much, Donna.
Clarify the butter for the lemon butter sauce. Creamier and not prone to separate.
I also add room temperature sun dried tomatoes right after adding the butter sauce.
Aubrey Cota says
Thank you for the tips!
This was amazing! I love this dish at Carrabas and now don’t have to go there to get it. Really tasted like the original. Thanks for the recipe!
How do you make the grill seasoning or lemon butter sauce? It is not in the recipe.
Julie Kotzbach says
Hi Keith! So sorry about that! The grill seasoning can be found here: https://www.dashofsanity.com/copycat-carrabbas-grill-seasoning/. We changed recipe cards and some recipe components removed apparently. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!
Made it last night and my family L O V E D it! If you make the baste and season the chicken like you outlined, there was literally no difference in taste. It’s a little time-consuming, but well worth it! Thanks for posting!
Sandra McCollum says
Oh, this makes us so happy. Glad you enjoyed it as much as we have.
Judy white says
I made this tonight my husband thought I got take out from Carrabbas!!!
Julie @Real Housemoms says
That is so awesome Judy! Thank you for sharing!
Judy white says
I made this for dinner tonight for my husband, he thought I had gotten take out from Carrabbas!! It was totally amazing!
Aubrey Cota says
Awesome!! Hope you find more to continue a fun new tradition.
This was amazing! Perfect and sooooo like the carrabas dish I cannot believe it came from my own kitchen! Thank you ?
Karen Ann says
At what point do you add the sun dried tomato? There is no mention of it in the instructions.
Julie @Real Housemoms says
Hi Karen! Thank you for catching that and letting us know. We’ve updated the recipe card. The sundried tomatoes are added at the end along with the basil.
Lori Carr says
Chicken Bryan is also my favorite dish at Carrabbas. I don’t travel anymore and don’t have a location near me so I tried this recipe tonight. It was delicious and tasted exactly like the restaurant version!! I will be making this often and can’t wait to share it! Thank you!!
When do you add the sundried tomato and do you use it cold or heat it up before laying on top of chicken?
Sandra McC says
I use it at room temperature.