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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Chicken Caesar Sandwich




CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICH
Carino's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Sauce: 
1/3 cup mayonnaise
5 jarred marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon style mustard
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Chicken: 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons basil pesto
4 fresh onion rolls, cut in half horizontally
2 hearts of romaine lettuce leaves, trimmed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
For the sauce:  In a small food processor or blender, puree all the sauce ingredients, and then set aside or keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the chicken: In a shallow bowl whisk the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and pesto together. Place the chicken in the marinade, coating both sides, and let marinate for 10 minutes.
Heat the grill to medium.  Grill the chicken, covered, for 6-7 minutes per side, until chicken is no longer pink inside. During the last minute of cooking, place rolls cut side down on the outer edge of the grill rack to toast lightly.

To assemble, spread sauce on the inside of the rolls. Slice chicken and arrange over sauce, topping with romaine lettuce.

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