Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.



Chicken Cacciatore

Carrabba's Chicken Cacciatore
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons white wine
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper, sliced julienne
2 tablespoons Italian parsley
1/4 teaspoon rosemary, finley chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 8 oz chicken breast
vegetable oil

Seasoning for the chicken breast: granulated garlic, oregano, salt, and black pepper .. 1 tablespoon of each.

Method For Sauce:  Heat olive oil in a stock pot medium heat. Saute onions until soft, add the garlic for a few minutes more, then add white wine, chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, red bell peppers, parsley, rosemary, and black pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil. Once the reach the boil turn the off the heat. Set aside.

Method for Browning chicken breast: Heat vegetable oil in a saute pan, low to medium heat. About 500 degrees. Season both side of the chicken, dredge in flour and place in the saute immediately. Brown on both sides about 3-4 minutes.

Place chicken in casserole dish. Split the sauce in half. Pour half of the sauce over the chicken covering it nicely. Leave half the sauce to pour over the chicken before serving. Cover the pan with the chicken and sauce tightly with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes uncovered. Serve with your favorite side dish, Polenta  recommended.

Creamy Cheese Polenta Recipe

2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup polenta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Place cream and chicken stock into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the polenta.  Simmer slow and low and stir frequently until thick, approximately 30 minutes.  Now add your cheese and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.  Pour your hot Polenta into a olive oil coated deep bowl and let it set up for 10 minutes.  If you prefer you can spoon it onto plates right away.

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