Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet is a twist on a Carrabba’s Italian Grill dish that is ready in about 30 minutes.

Chicken pasta with lemon butter sauce, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese is inspired by a restaurant dish my whole family loves. It’s loaded with flavor and so easy to make you’ll want it every week!

Close-up shot of pasta being lifted with two spoons.

Our favorite dish at our local Carrabba’s Italian Grill is the Chicken Trio, which is three chicken breasts served three different ways. My husband Jake loves the Chicken Bryan so much that he always subs one and gets two Chicken Bryan and one Chicken Marsala.

We were regulars there for about four years, so we got to know the owner and staff like they were family. Kellie, the owner of Carrabba’s while we were regulars, gave all her “favorite” customers a Carrabba’s cookbook for Christmas one year. 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 giving us this cookbook would have lessened our visits, but it didn’t. Every Friday night, we went to be catered to until we were stuffed to the brim.

A plate of chicken pasta.

Easy Skillet Chicken Pasta

You are going to love this recipe. We took their Chicken Bryan, 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 pasta dish.

The first time I made this, Jake walked in, and he knew I had made something yummy, when he saw it. It was like a light trickled down from the heavens and an “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 fell in love. The sauce, chicken, and idea of his favorite dish from Carrabba’s reinvented into a pasta dish… well, let’s say I scored some major points.

Ingredients for Chicken Pasta

  • Cooked linguini or fettuccine
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced butter
  • Finely diced yellow onion
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • White wine
  • Fresh lemon juice
close-up shot of the finished pasta dish in the skillet.

Recipe Tips

  • When making the sauce, you don’t want the butter to melt instantly. Instead, thaw it slowly so it softens into an emulsified dressing. Softening all the butter and building the sauce should take 3-5 minutes.
  • To make the sauce ahead, you can store it for up to two hours at room temperature. To reheat the sauce, turn the burner on low and whisk until it is warm. This sauce will separate if you do not use low heat. If it does happen to separate, no worries—it will still taste the same, but it just won’t be as pretty.

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Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 594 kcal
Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet is made with lemon butter sauce, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, & goat cheese medallions. Easy to prepare in under 40 minutes.
Chicken pasta skillet.



  • 1/2 pound linguine or fettuccine boiled to al dente and drained
  • 1 cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  • 2 1/2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes drained and coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into small cubes, about 2 1/2-3 cups
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and white pepper


  • Heat olive oil in skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to your taste and cook in skillet 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.
  • Prepare noodles by following directions on pasta box while making sauce. A quick note on the sauce before you get started, we are saucy people, I double the amount of sauce of this recipe every time I make it.
  • Reduce skillet heat to medium high. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter, 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. Add 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, whisk and let it soften slowly into the sauce until melted. Add 3 more tablespoons of butter, continue to whisk until softened and melted; repeat until all 12 tablespoons are melted. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Remove sauce from heat.
  • *Note you don’t want to the butter to 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, add chicken to the sauce. Return sauce to low heat and add in basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and noodles. Mix together and season if you would like with additional salt and pepper. 
  • Top with crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Calories: 594kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 27gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 412mgPotassium: 832mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1315IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2.6mg
Chicken pasta skillet.
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. This sounds amazing. It has pretty much every one of my favorite ingredients in it. Can’t wait to try it.

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

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

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

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

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

  22. 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!

  23. My family is going to love this. I’ll do it with zoodles to keep the carbs down for a keto friendly meal, but I know it’s going to be amazing.

    P.S. Your pictures are so good. You have me starving already.

  24. 5 stars
    This is best eaten fresh. I like throwing some extra goat cheese in mine! A little extra cheese never hurt anyone.

  25. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite chicken recipes, and your version is so good! I’ve always wondered who Bryan is because he made one awesome recipe idea. LOL.

  26. 5 stars
    The Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet turned out to be one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever made! The sauce was rich and creamy, and the sun-dried tomatoes added a lovely sweetness.

  27. 5 stars
    “Chicken Bryan Pasta Skillet is a delightful fusion of flavors. With tender chicken, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and creamy sauce, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.”

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