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.
Carrabba's Copycat Recipe
2 (5 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts, and butterflied
2 slices red bell peppers, roasted
2 slices zucchini, grilled
2 1/2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons butter, divided
6 mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup marsala wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
black pepper, to taste
white pepper, to taste
kosher salt, to taste
Cover one half of each breast section with one slice of roasted pepper, one slice of zucchini and a dab of goat cheese. Fold empty chicken breast half flap over the dressed chicken breast half; dust with kosher salt and black and white pepper. Grill to desired temperature.
In 2 tablespoons butter, saute mushrooms and onions until softened. Add Marsala wine and chicken broth; simmer approximately 10 minutes on medium-low heat to reduce. A little at a time, add remaining 2 tablespoon butter until butter melts and mixture emulsifies. Place chicken in Marsala wine sauce; heat through. Top with tomatoes and fresh parsley. Serve with pasta.