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SImple & easy Carrabba's copycat chicken bryan - This quick recipe has a lemon basil butter sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese on top of perfectly grilled and juicy chicken breasts. It is a healthy and low carb version of Carraba's dish when served with zucchini noodles but you can also use pasta as a side dish. This is the best recipe!

Chicken Bryan - Copycat Carrabba's Recipe

This Carrabba's Chicken Bryan copycat recipe tops grilled chicken breasts with a basil lemon butter sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and creamy goat cheese. It's just like the original at home!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breast thin breasts are better, so if yours are very thick, slice them in half or pound with a mallet
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 oz goat cheese sliced into 8 coins
  • 3.5 oz sun-dried tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil cut in ribbons
  • 4 teaspoons onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed with a garlic press
  • 8 tablespoons butter separated
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice approximately the juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


Cook the chicken

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of each chicken breast with olive oil and season with a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Cook the chicken, 4-5 minutes per side, turning once, until the internal temperature is 165º.
    cooked chicken for Chicken Bryan

Prepare the sauce

  • In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter until soft and fragrant. Be careful not to overcook or the garlic will turn bitter. Add white wine and lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add heavy cream and remaining 6 tablespoons butter a little at a time until the butter melts and the mixture is emulsified. Whisk as needed.
    emulsified sauce
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes and basil and heat until just hot. If you overcook the sauce, it will break. Remove sauce from the heat and set aside until chicken is finished.

Assemble the dish

  • Just before serving, slice thick coins of goat cheese and lay on top of each chicken breast. Warm until the cheese is the consistency of sour cream.
    goat cheese on chicken
  • Spoon basil lemon butter sauce with sun-dried tomatoes over the goat cheese.
    Chicken Bryan topped with basil lemon butter sauce and goat cheese


We like to serve this dish with a side of pasta, just like they do at Carrabba's. As a bariatric patient who avoids carbs, I eat mine with zucchini noodles cut with a spiralizer. We like to spoon some of the extra lemon butter sauce over the noodles. It's so good that way!
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