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.



40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken

Carrabba's Copycat Recipe

Serves 6-8

40 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
1 large, chicken, cut into pieces

1/2 cup white wine or apple juice or chicken stock
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
fresh sage, chopped finely (or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage)
fresh parsley, chopped finely
4 small bay leaves
1 teaspoon herb salt & some freshly ground pepper

Scatter garlic cloves over the bottom of a casserole dish. You can use a flat dish if you want more crispy skin, or a deep dish if you want softer, juicier chicken. Place chicken pieces over the garlic, skin side up. Sprinkle the chicken with wine, juice or stock, oil, seasonings and herbs. Cover the dish tightly with foil (and a lid if it has one) so no steam can escape. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Remove lid and foil, and return to the oven to brown for another 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Notes:  Carrabba's serves this dish with roasted potatoes so you may add large chunks of red potatoes to the pan of chicken while it bakes.

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