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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Spicy Shrimp and Chicken


Carino's Italian Spicy Shrimp and Chicken
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

2 tablespoons butter, melted
20 medium shrimp, tail off peeled and cleaned
2 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup green onions, sliced
2 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
cayenne pepper to taste
20 ounces dry weight penne pasta

Grilled chicken breasts until done. Cool and slice into 1/4 inch thick strips. Add butter to a large sauté pan at medium heat. Once butter is heated, add shrimp, sliced chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions and salt and pepper. Sauté until shrimp and mushrooms are cooked. Add heavy cream, pecorino romano cheese and cayenne pepper. Let cream reduce by 50 percent while thoroughly combining all ingredients. Cook penne pasta according to package directions. Drain excess water and then toss pasta with contents of sauté pan.

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