Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan

Next time you want a restaurant-style chicken dinner, make this extraordinary copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan recipe. It features tender chicken drenched in a lemon-basil wine sauce and topped with tangy goat cheese, making for an irresistible meal.

Copycat Carrabba's chicken bryan on two plates.

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Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan Recipe

Carrabba’s Italian Grill has an open kitchen concept, which is what makes the restaurant special. You can see how your food is cooked, and inhale the tempting aroma of your order while watching your meal being prepared.

However, sometimes, you might just want to stay in and relax. The good news? You don’t need to visit Carrabba’s to enjoy your favorite dish. With the help of this recipe, you can recreate Carrabba’s well-known Chicken Bryan menu option with a luxurious taste and presentation.

Best of all, you can put this chicken recipe together in about 30 minutes. While this recipe may require an extra step or two, I think it’s well worth it to make your dinner extra special.

While the chicken is cooking, you may want to roast some vegetables in the oven, or perhaps some tasty mashed potatoes would go well with this dish. Make it when you want or for someone’s special birthday dinner.

What makes Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan so good?

It’s not one single component or cooking method that makes this Carrabba’s Italian Grill Chicken Bryan so great. The secret lies in the many layers of flavors. It features hints of fresh herbs, citrus, rich butter, and perfectly smoky chicken. Also, one of the most notable characteristics is goat cheese, which accentuates the whole dish.

The grilled chicken is an excellent base, and when you finish it with the other components and homemade sauce, it takes it to a new level. You’ll never want to use sauce out of a jar again after enjoying this intricate homemade wine sauce with lemon.

Why you should try this recipe

This chicken tastes unbelievably delicious and it pairs with so many different side dishes. But don’t just take my word for it; you need to try this recipe yourself to fully appreciate it!

This is the perfect recipe to surprise your family with, especially if they love Carrabba’s. Based on the looks and taste of this dish, they would never guess just how easily and quickly it was made. It is also ideal for meal prep; you can make it to use for lunches throughout the week.

There is also room for experimentation. This lemon butter sauce will also go great over some pasta, or you can make Carrabba’s Filet Bryan (minus pounding on the beef) if you want to try that.


Here’s what you’ll need to make this copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan recipe:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Goat cheese
  • Butter
  • Dry white wine
  • Lemon juice
  • Chopped white onions
  • Chopped garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Sun-dried tomatoes

For a non-alcoholic option, substitute the white wine with chicken broth.

Copycat Carrabba's chicken bryan ingredients on a tray.

How to make Chicken Bryan

Here are the simple steps for making Carrabba’s Copycat Chicken Bryan recipe:

  1. Cover chicken with plastic wrap and pound it to make it thin. Pat dry.
  2. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill chicken for 3-4 mins on each side until cooked. Place it on a plate and cover it with plastic wrap.
  4. Slice and shape goat cheese into disks, which you can later place on each chicken piece.
Preparing chicken and cheese for chicken bryan.
  1. Saute onions and garlic in butter over medium heat until fragrant. Add wine and lemon juice. Reduce heat to simmer and reduce the liquid by half. Add three tablespoons of cold butter and whisk until melted.
  2. Turn off the burner, add the remaining butter, and whisk until the sauce thickens. Strain sauce to remove onions and garlic, return to pan, add half of the basil and sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Place chicken breast on a plate, top with goat cheese and sauce, and sprinkle the remaining basil over it.
Making chicken bryan sauce and plating the dish.

What to serve this dish with

Just like at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, you can serve this terrific dish with sides like sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes, or parmesan truffle fries! I also enjoy this with a simple side salad or Caesar salad when I want something lighter to accompany it.

Copycat Carrabbas's chicken bryan on a plate and a fork next to it.

How to store homemade Chicken Bryan

If you have leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. Try to use them within 3-4 days.

What is the best way to reheat Chicken with Bryan Topping?

Reheating this dish in the oven works best. To do so, place the leftovers in a baking dish.

Cover the chicken with foil to retain moisture, ensuring it is still juicy after reheating. Bake it in a 350°F oven until everything is thoroughly heated.

Copycat Carrabba's chicken bryan on two plates and two forks beside them.

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Copycat Carrabba's chicken bryan on two plates.

Carrabbas Chicken Bryan

You can make Carrabbas Chicken Bryan at home. 
4.66 from 20 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Carrabbas Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Keto, Low Carb
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 600kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (4 portions)
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 8 tablespoons butter divided use
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons basil thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces goat cheese sliced into 4 disks


  • Wrap the chicken in plastic wrap and pound until thin. Remove the chicken from the plastic wrap and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil.
  • Grill the chicken for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate and cover lightly with plastic wrap.
  • Sauté the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until the onions are translucent. Add the wine and lemon juice and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir gently until reduced by half. Add 3 tablespoons of cold butter and whisk until the butter has melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • Pour the sauce through a strainer to remove the onions and garlic. Return the sauce to the pan. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and half of the basil and stir.
  • Place each chicken breast on a plate. Place a piece of goat cheese on the chicken and then spoon the sauce over the chicken. Top each chicken breast with the remaining basil.



Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Autigerz24

    HOLY GOAT CHEESE! I feel like a uber chef now! Cooked this for my girlfriend and she went goat sh**, if there is such a thing! Will always use this particular recipe! Thanks so so so so much !

    • stephaniemanley

      Well I am happy to hear that she went goat sh**. It’s a great recipe, I am glad it worked out well for you.

  2. Sabrina

    Just made it and it was delicious, tasted just like the restaurants except mine was pan fried haha! Making it again tonight since I don’t want the goat cheese to go to waste.

  3. Kristen

    Made this tonight…delicious! I will definitely be making it again. The only thing that would have made it better would be a wood fire grill in my kitchen for the chicken. In lieu of that, it was amazingly close to the real deal!

    • stephaniemanley

      Well most of us don’t have a wood fired grill in our kitchen, we can all dream. I am glad you thought the recipe was very close!

      • sarah

        wow that’s awesome where about? We lived in between Detroit and Ann Arbor I really miss the 4 seasons and the snow at Christmas. I like all the fun things to do in Houston though and all the good restaurants 🙂

      • stephaniemanley

        I lived in Eau Claire. I worked at Whirlpool in Benton Harbor. If I ever win the lottery, I want to buy a summer place there.

      • sarah

        oh wow bet you went to lake MI a lot the east side of the state is beautiful! We hope to move back but I get to visit my family a couple times a year always love going back. thanks again for the recipe made this again tonight! Merry Christmas!

    • Anonymous

      Not really sure on this one, for me goat cheese is what makes this dish. I would add what ever cheese you would like. I don’t think cheddar would work. Maybe something like a dollop of cream cheese.

  4. Iconracr

    This is a yummy recipe. Love the Quick preparation. The simple seasoning made the chicken flavor come out on the grill. As far as the pan sauce, totally worth it! Take the time to make the sauce. I normally make the chicken in the pan and then make a pan sauce with lemon and capers. Additions to the recipe, I used 1/2c. of onion. Then rather than 2t. garlic, I used 3 cloves minced. Added a little olive oil to the butter also. I reduced the sauce too far ( had duties at the grill). So added 1/3c of wine and 1T lemon. And a sprinkle of chicken Maggi. Then when I stained the sauce I pressed the juice through the strainer. Use a good goat cheese. Love the flavor combination. Don’t forget the mashed potatoes.

  5. Martha Marvin

    Likewise, I cannot see the recipe on my android phone. I have other ways to connect to the internet, but my recipe app is on my phone and it contains a handy portable shopping list. So being able to see and copy recipes directly on my phone would be helpful.

  6. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    5 stars
    Yummy…Carrabba’s is one of my favorite restaurants, and I LOVE this dish! Saving to make very soon!!

  7. Tara Cooper

    I wonder if the recipe would be pretty much the same for the Filet Bryan… Minus pounding out the beef filet. I love the Filet Bryan… can’t wait to try it!

  8. Pam

    I turned my phone off to reboot to see if that would help, it didn’t. I also deleted the mobile book mark that didn’t help either. I’m all out of ideas. HELP!!!!! I love this site.

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