Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan

Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan is one of my favorite chicken dishes that you can find in a restaurant. I love the tender chicken drenched in a lemon-basil wine sauce with a piece of tangy goat cheese on top. I love to order this dish with mashed potatoes because to miss any of this sauce is, well, something that is almost criminal.

Homemade Carrabbas Chicken Bryan on a platter.

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Carrabbas – Home of An Open Kitchen

What’s not to love about Carrabba’s Italian Grill? They are one of the few restaurants where you can enjoy an open kitchen experience.

You can order from Carrabba’s menu, see how your food is cooked, and you get to inhale the tempting aroma of your order while watching your meal being prepared. This makes Carrabba’s one of my favorite places to go for dinner.

How did Chicken Bryan get its name?

The dish Chicken Bryan originated from the Carrabba family, who named it in honor of the town of Bryan, Texas, where they settled after moving from Sicily to the United States in 1890. The Carrabba family opened their first restaurant in Texas in 1986. This establishment marked the beginning of what would become the well-known Carrabba’s restaurant chain.

Chicken Bryan has been a signature dish of Carrabba’s since its inception, and a related dish, Filet Bryan, is also highly regarded for its quality and flavor.

What Makes Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan So Good?

It’s not one single component or cooking method that makes this recipe great, but rather the combination of them all, creating a masterpiece.

The grilled chicken is an excellent base, and when you finish it with fresh basil, creamy cheese, 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

You might wonder what makes the Chicken Bryan so tasty. 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.

Combined with fresh basil and sun-dried tomato slices, this chicken tastes unbelievably delicious. But don’t just take my word for it; you need to try this recipe to fully appreciate its complexity!

Moreover, there is 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.

Make Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan at Home

You don’t have to go out to dinner to have something that tastes this incredible. You can make my Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan recipe at home. Best of all, you can put this chicken recipe together in about 30 minutes.

While this recipe may take an extra step or two, I think you will find that it’s well worth it to make your dinner extra special.

While you have the chicken 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.


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

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

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

Homemade Carrabbas Chicken Bryan ingredients.

How to Make Chicken Bryan

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

  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 four disks, which you can later place on each chicken piece.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Place chicken breast on a plate, top with goat cheese and sauce, and sprinkle the remaining basil over it.
four servings of chicken bryan on a platter

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! The comforting chicken and sauce are a perfect match for a side of hearty veggies.

I also enjoy this with a simple side salad or Caesar salad when I want something lighter to accompany 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?

I find that the oven works best when reheating this dish. To do so, place the leftovers into a baking dish.

Although you can stick it right in the oven, covering it with foil retains the moisture in the chicken, ensuring it is still juicy after reheating! Bake it in a 350°F oven until the chicken and all components are thoroughly heated.

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Homemade Carrabbas Chicken Bryan on a platter.

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 breasts 4 portions
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablepoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons basil, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes


Chicken Preparation

  • Prepare chicken by wrapping in plastic wrap and pounding out until thin. Remove chicken from plastic wrap and pat dry with a paper towel. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. 
  • Cook chicken on a grill until it is done – it should take 3 to 4 minutes on each side. When chicken is done, place chicken on a plate, and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Slice the goat cheese into four slices and shape the cheese into disks, one for each piece of chicken. 

Sauce Preparation

  • Sauté the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until they are fragrant and the onions are translucent. Add wine and lemon juice to pan and turn down the heat tp a simmer. Stir gently until it has reduced by half. When the wine has been reduced by half, add 3 tablespoons of cold butter and whisk until the butter has melted completely. 
  • Turn off the burner, add remaining butter and whisk in. The sauce should be getting thick now. Pour sauce through a strainer to strain out the onions and garlic. Then return the sauce to the warm pan and stir in half of the basil. Add sun-dried tomatoes. (

Assembly of the final dish

  • Place each chicken breast on to a plate. Place a piece of goat cheese on the chicken and then spoon 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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