Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.

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Gorgonzola Chicken



Carino's Gorgonzola Chicken
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound dry pasta
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup crumbly Gorgonzola cheese
1 cup white button mushrooms sliced
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped red tomatoes
1 lb penne pasta, cooked

Pound chicken breasts until they are 1/2 inch think season with salt and pepper. Sear chicken in a hot skillet with two tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Cook on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes or until completely cooked. Remove chicken breasts from heat, and let rest for several minutes before slicing. You may need add an additional tablespoon of butter or two to the sauce pan to saute the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms on medium high heat until they are browned. While mushrooms are browning sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Johnny Carino's typically uses penne pasta, but I like to use a fettuccine pasta because I think it holds the sauce better. Prepare sauce by combining half and half and Gorgonzola in a saucepan heating through. The sauce should thicken slightly. Slice chicken into 1/4 inch slices. Add sauteed mushrooms to the sauce, and stir to combine well. Plate pasta by adding 1/4 of the pasta, 1/4 of the chicken slices. Drizzle with sauce, and top with chopped tomatoes and shredded Parmesan cheese.





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