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Copycat Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce

By Charlotte on July 20, 2015 6:26 AM

By Stephanie Manley, author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2

One of my favorite menu items at the Olive Garden is the Alfredo sauce. If one recipe really got me started, it was this one. My big tip here is to grate your own cheese; prepackaged cheese has an anticaking agent on it, and it makes it harder to get that cheese to melt.

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce

Serves 2

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Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush with olive oil and then season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill 5 to 7 minutes on the first side and then flip the chicken over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Prepare the Alfredo sauce by combining the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not let the mixture come to a boil, but heat
it until small bubbles begin to form. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk quickly. Add the garlic powder and continue to whisk. The sauce will thicken after a minute or two.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips. Serve by placing half the pasta on each plate, then topping it with sauce and a sliced chicken breast.

(If you have extra sauce or pasta left over, it is best to store and reheat them separately so the pasta doesn't soak up the saStephanie_author image.jpguce.)


Stephanie Manley, author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook

About the Author

Stephanie Manley is the creator and author of CopyKat.com. Since 1995, she has written recipes for restaurant-style dishes that anyone can make in their own kitchen. While working in restaurants, Stephanie began to write restaurant-style recipes to help save money and stretch her budget. Like many people, she couldn't afford to go out for dinner every night of the week, but wanted to recreate the taste of her favorite dishes at home. CopyKat.com, known for its trustworthy and delicious recipes, is now one of the Internet's most popular cooking websites, and has been featured in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Woman's World.

Recipe Excerpted from

CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2: More Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants

Author: Stephanie Manley

Other Works: CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook

Dining Out at Home 2 350.jpgPublisher: Ulysses Press

Penned: July 2013

What's Inside: More than 200 recipes inspired by favorites from America's most popular restaurants. This sequel to CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook helps you mimic the taste of dishes from Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, T.G.I. Friday's and more than 50 other chains at home.

You'll find ideas for recreating everything from Outback Steakhouse's Spinach and Artichoke Dip to P.F. Chang's China Bistro Lettuce Wraps and Cracker Barrel's Old Country Store Chocolate Pecan Pie. There's even a chapter devoted to top picks from the CopyKat.com website like The Cheesecake Factory's Oreo Cheesecake, Chili's Skillet Queso and Hooters' Fried Pickles. Great for busy households, each of these easy-to-follow recipes includes handy icons that make it simple to spot those best for game day, impressing guests, meat lovers, making ahead and other special interests.

Time Out: 240 pages

Available: $14.95 paperback at Amazon and other retailers

* Excerpted from CopyKat.com's Dining Out at Home Cookbook 2 by Stephanie Manley © 2013 Ulysses Press. May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

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