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.




Chicken Marsala

Carino's Chicken Marsala with Garlic Wilted Spinach 
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

Pan sauteed chicken breast and mushrooms reduced in a sweet Marsala wine sauce, served with fresh spinach wilted in hot olive oil and garlic.

Chicken and Sauce
2 (8 oz) chicken breast, butterflied                             
2 tablespoons butter, melted                                                                        
all purpose flour as needed                                                                   
2 cups mushrooms, sliced                                                            
salt and pepper to taste                                                                  
2/3 cup Marsala wine, Sweet                                                             
1/2 cup broth, chicken or beef                                 
1/8 cup butter, room temperature 

1/4 cup olive oil                                                                                     
2 teaspoons garlic, fresh chopped                                                 
4 cups fresh spinach
salt and pepper to taste                                                                  

To make the Chicken:  Cut butterflied chicken breasts into half, yielding a total of four chicken breast medallions.  Place on sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Chicken medallions should be fully cooked, set aside. To a heated saute pan, add melted butter.  Dredge chicken medallions in flour, shake off excess flour and add to saute pan.  Add mushrooms, salt and pepper.Saute chicken and mushrooms until thoroughy heated and golden brown.  Add marsala wine and broth/demi-glace.  Reduce by 50% and then add room temperature butter, let butter reduce into the wine/broth reduction until a thickened sauce forms.

To prepare Wilted Spinach:  Add olive oil and garlic to a heated saute pan.  Once oil is hot and garlic starts to turn golden brown, turn off heat and add spinach slat and pepper.  Toss with olive oil until it becomes warm and starts to wilt. Place wilted spinach on the side of a plate.  Using tongs, remove the chicken medallions from saute pan and place next to spinach.  Pour marsala sauce and mushrooms over chicken. 

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