Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet

Our favorite dish at our local Carrabba’s Italian Grill is the Chicken Trio, which is basically three chicken breast served three different ways. Jake, my husband, loves the Chicken Bryan so much, he always subs one of the other chickens for this and gets two Chicken Bryan and 1 Chicken Marsala. We were regulars there for about 4 years, we got to know the owner and staff like they were family. Kellie the owner of Carrabba’s while we were regulars, one year gave all her “favorite” customers a Carrabba’s cook book for Christmas. This was the best idea ever!!! We love their food so much and were excited to make it at home for our family and friends. You would think that giving us this cook book would have lessened our visits, it didn’t. We still went every Friday night to be catered to until we were stuffed to the brim.
You are going to love this recipe, we took their Chicken Bryan which is a chicken breast garnished with lemon sauce, sprigs of fresh basil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and topped with a goat cheese medallion, and made it into a skillet.
Easy to prepare, within 40 minutes you will have one of the most amazing pasta meals you will ever eat.
Enjoy from our “Carrabba’s” family to yours.
Bon Appétit!

Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet

Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet is a pasta with lemon butter sauce, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and little goat cheese medallions. Easy to prepare in less than 40 minutes, and one of the most elegant and delicious skillet dishes you will ever eat.


  • Pasta:
  • ½ lb of pasta, linguine or fettuccine, boiled to al dente and drained
  • 1 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ½ ounces of sundried tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lemon Butter Sauce:
  • 13 tablespoons butter, cut into 1 tablespoon squares
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and white pepper


To Prepare Pasta Skillet:

Heat olive oil in skillet, any pan will do. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to your taste, add the chicken and cook until slightly golden brown on both sides and cooked all the way through, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove chicken on to plate and set aside. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.

While you are making the sauce prepare noodles by following directions on pasta box. A quick note on the sauce before you get started, we are saucy people, I double to sauce of this recipe every time I make it, now you don't need to but if you're saucy kind of people, then bring on the butter.

Reduce heat to medium high, add 1 tablespoon of butter, and let it melt. Then add minced onions and garlic, cook until onion is tender but not browned, about 3-4 minutes. Increase heat to high, immediately add white wine and lemon juice, bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to low (I do level 3 to 4 out of 10, on my stove top). Add 3 pieces, so 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, whisk and let it softened to the point it is completely melt, then add 3 more tablespoons of butter, continue to whisk until softened and melted; repeat with butter until all 12 tablespoons are in the skillet and melted. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Remove sauce from heat, and prepare the other ingredients.

*Note you don’t want to the butter to just instantly melt, you want to make sure that it is softening into the emulsified sauce. Softening all the butter and building the sauce should take 3-5 minutes. Sauce can be stored up to 2 hours at room temp, to re-heat sauce, turn burner on low and whisk until it is warm. This sauce will separate if you do not use low heat. If it does happen no worries it will still taste the same.

Once noodles are ready, cube chicken into small chunks, the chicken should be about 2 ½ to 3 cups, add to sauce. Return sauce to low heat, and add in basil, sundried tomatoes and noodles. Mix together, season if you would like with additional salt and pepper. Then top with crumbled goat cheese.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Husband review: Jake walked in and he knew I had made something yummy, then he saw it. It was like a light trickled down from the heavens, and “AHHH” moment, with glorious music playing in the background, as he gazed at the skillet before him. Then came the first bite, and he instantly feel in love. The sauce, chicken and the whole idea of his favorite dish from Carrabba’s homemade in front of him, well let’s say I scored some major points.

Lemon Sauce Recipe from Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Recipes from around Our Family Table Cook Book


  1. says

    That looks and sounds amazing! I have personally never had anything like this, I will have to add it to the list! I love that it is a skillet pasta!!

  2. says

    Wow, that photo jumps off the page, and I wish right onto a plate here! It looks delicious and easy enough for me to actually try! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Savannah says

    This sounds so yummy! My hubby is a huge pasta eater and I like ANYTHING with chicken so I know this would be a huge hit in my home :)

  4. says

    This sounds and looks amazing! I love Carrabbas, but don’t have the time to get over there often. This recipe will be on my menu for sure!

  5. says

    After reading your post and looking at your photos, I decided I am having pasta today! I love the cookbook gift idea. They are obviously coming from a place of prosperity, abundance, and sharing, because the gift probably made you want to visit more and here you are sharing the joy with others and giving them a shout out. I love this!

  6. says

    Oh yummy!! This looks really good! We used to go to Carrabbas often when we lived in Austin. It was close to our house and easy to get to. Now that we have moved to San Antonio and out in the country we haven’t been there in a while. :( Next time we are up in Austin though we will have to go back because this looks really good!

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    This sounds amazing. It has pretty much every one of my favorite ingredients in it. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. says

    This looks amazing! I eat chicken quite often, so I’m always looking for new recipes to mix it up a bit! I will be trying this soon!

  9. Angela S says

    Chicken Bryan is my absolute favorite dish at Carrabbas. I will most definitely be trying this recipe! Yum!

  10. says

    Wow, this sounds fantastic! Love the idea of a pasta dinner in a skillet. I’ve never heard of or tried Chicken Bryan .. but it looks outstanding! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. says

    This looks seriously amazing. I love anything with goat cheese. Especially pasta! this is going on my summer pasta list!

  12. Pam W says

    This looks really good! My family would love this. We have always enjoyed the Chicken Bryan at Carraba’s.

  13. says

    Any dish that includes pasta is something I know I will love. I like the skillet idea. Will be adding this to the weekly menu plan.

  14. Maria Oller says

    your lemon butter look delicious! I must try it but with salmon I bet will taste amazing

  15. says

    I so have to try this! I have never visited a Carrabas Restaurant before, they are not so close to me (work or home) so having the recipe makes this a great way to try out this recipe! I love chicken. My personal fave is Chicken Piccata but I’m always open to trying something new!

  16. says

    Heavenly is how that both looks and sounds! I would have to 1/4 or 1/2 the recipe as I am cooking for me alone-but it might just be worth it!

  17. says

    I am definetly making this recipe.. My son will love this.. he is a pasta freak lol.. Thanks for entering my Fabulous Friday Party.. I hope I see you more in the future at my other parties. I dont do them every weel. a few times a month.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  18. says

    This looks and sounds delicious! The restaurant I served at for years offered a penne dish which had sundried tomatoes, smoked chicken, artichokes and garlic. Loved it!

  19. says

    This looks so yummy ~ I need some for lunch!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  20. says

    This looks and sounds so delicious – I can’t wait to try it! I know everyone in my family will love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe – pinning it now.

  21. Kellie says

    We made this last night! It was delicious. This is also one of my favorite dishes at Carraba’s

  22. says

    That does sound like an awesome Christmast present! Everyone always wants to be able to recreate those special family outings at home, and they found a way to let you do that! I have no idea where your neck of the woods is, but if I’m ever there, I want to go to that sweet familie’s restaurant!


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