Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat

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Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat Pasta in Bowl with Fork

Ever popular, Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is a flavorful and easy pasta dish made with sauteed chicken, bacon, and a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce.

Whenever I think of Italian food, my brain automatically goes to pasta. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite kind of Italian food. One of my favorite Italian pasta dishes comes from Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, and it’s called Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival.

My copycat version of Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is made by combining bow tie pasta with chicken, bacon, garlic, red onions, tomatoes in an Asiago cream sauce. Instead of only using marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce, you get the best of both worlds with the cream sauce and the fresh tomatoes.

To be honest, I’m not sure why Carino’s calls it a “festival”. If I had to guess, I think it’s because it’s a beautiful white dish with pops of red throughout (from the bacon, tomatoes, and red onion). It’s really stunning when it comes to the table.

Now, there’s no need to go out when you can make this copycat favorite at home! It’s full of flavor and does not need any special ingredients. It’s absolutely perfect for dinner any night of the week!

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Table Spread

Use a secret pantry ingredient to give this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili a flavor boost! A dump and go recipe that’s easy, comforting, and delicious!

Want to know the secret ingredient for easy, flavorful white chicken chili? Jarred Salsa Verde! It’s such a time-saver, and it’s packed with flavor. Seriously, it makes meal prep so quick.

A few years ago, I became obsessed with salsa verde. Consequently, I always have a jar (or two) in my pantry. It’s a quick and easy flavor bomb that can be added to so many dishes.

Since this white chicken chili is prepared in the Instant Pot, all the ingredients are dumped into the pot and pressure cooked together. Then, top the white chicken chili with all your favorite yummy toppings!

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are moist and fluffy with perfect crackly tops. Made in only one bowl, these are the best homemade chocolate muffins!

Get ready for the best chocolate muffins recipe! Just so you know, I do not use the word “best” lightly. When I say something is the “best”, I truly believe it. These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are perfect.

Specifically, texture is out of this world! The exterior of the muffins is crackly while the interior is perfectly moist. These are not dry or gummy. Plus, the chocolate flavor really shines. You won’t find muted chocolate flavor in these muffins! In fact, it has two kinds of chocolate.

Full credit for this recipe goes to Tracy at Baking Mischief. She really knows her stuff! Recently, I have been scouring her site and drooling over all her yummy recipes. Most of her recipes are small-batch recipes for one or two people which I love!

I adapted Tracy’s muffin recipe by doubling the ingredients to make 12 muffins instead of 5. I also modified the ingredients slightly. If you want to make my recipe as is, you can. Or you can still cut it in half to make a smaller batch of muffins.

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano

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Copycat Johnny Carino's Chicken Milano on White Plate

Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano is fettuccine Alfredo served with sauteed chicken breast topped with toasted mushrooms, ham, basil, and provolone.

Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant will always have a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my mom. The first time my mom and I went there was on one of our annual trips to Yellowstone National Park.

For a little background, my mom does not like tomato-based sauces. However, she loves Italian food. So, she will ask for the breaded cutlet from the Chicken Parmesan. But then, she’ll ask for the marinara sauce to be substituted with Alfredo sauce.

On our first visit to Johnny Carino’s, the Chicken Milano immediately stood out because that’s basically what my mom orders at Italian restaurants. We both ordered it, and we both fell in love. It’s the perfect dish if you’re like my mom and love Italian but don’t love marinara sauce.

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Tater Tot Casserole (Pantry Meal)

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Layer flavorful ground beef, veggies, cheese, cream of chicken soup, and tater tots until hot and bubbly for tater tot casserole the whole family will love!

Depending on where you live, Tater Tot Casserole may also be called Tater Tot Hotdish. No matter what you call it, it’s a family favorite, kid-friendly, weeknight meal that comes together simply and quickly for dinner. It’s easy, creamy and and oh so yummy!

The best part is, this tater tot casserole is so versatile depending on what is in your fridge or pantry! Although, our family loves it with ground beef, canned veggies, cheddar cheese, and tater tots!

Because tater tots are used, preparation is so much faster than if you use homemade mashed potatoes. It’s just pure comfort food at it’s finest.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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You’re only 15 minutes and 5 pantry ingredients away from homemade Alfredo sauce infused with yummy garlic, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan.

For as long as I can remember, our family receives laughs and scoffs for keeping a large 3-lb block of cream cheese in our fridge. The reason why: to make this amazing homemade Alfredo sauce whenever we want! Inevitably, once they try this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, they stop laughing. Because it is so tasty!

It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s way better than Olive Garden and the store-bought Alfredo sauces. This sauce was one of the first things I learned to make.

When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this is such an easy recipe to go to. It can be tossed with pasta for fettuccine Alfredo. Or it can be used in a myriad of other ways. See the post below for more ideas!

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Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas

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This Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner that’s healthy, delicious and made all on one pan in under 30 minutes! Perfect for meal prep too!

You’ve heard the never ending debate, right? Does pineapple belong in pizza? Well, I’m here to shake things up even more! So, does pineapple belong in fajitas?

Obviously, my answer is, yes! I’m team #pineapplegoesonpizza and #pineapplefajitas.

Even if you are not a fan of pineapple on pizza, you should give these sheet pan pineapple chicken fajitas a try! They are absolutely delicious! Due to the pineapple and BBQ sauce, it gives the chicken fajitas a sweet and sour vibe. Such a fun tropical twist on the original!

Because this is made on one sheet pan, clean up is quick. Plus, it can be prepared in advance for healthy lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Making grilled, sweet, and sticky Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs at home, just like those found at your favorite restaurant, is simple and totally doable!

Let’s just get this out there. Why is teriyaki so hard to spell?! No matter how hard I try, the spell checker is correcting me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Even though I struggle spelling it, teriyaki sauce tastes so delicious! So, I’m pushing through this for you!

Nothing quite compares to the taste of authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs! As it grills, the sticky and sweet marinade caramelizes and intensifies in flavor. You would never guess how simple it is to make at home.

At least, the toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the chicken to marinate. Though, once that’s done, dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes! This recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs is bound to be your new family favorite!

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Low-Carb Baked Katsu Chicken

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BONUS Recipe Included: Togarashi-Style Seasoning

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Hawaiian Mixed Plate with Katsu Chicken, Tonkatsu Sauce, Macaroni Salad, Rice

Low-Carb Baked Katsu Chicken is a healthier version of the popular Japanese-style fried chicken that is delicious served with homemade Tonkatsu sauce.

At Hawaiian restaurants, my mom loves ordering Katsu chicken. Since it is usually made to order, she expects to wait longer for her entree. But, it is always worth the wait!

Katsu, or “cutlet” in Japanese, refers to meat pounded thin prior to cooking. Traditionally, chicken Katsu is made by dredging thin chicken breasts in flour, egg, and panko. Then, the chicken is either deep fried or pan fried.

Rather than coating the chicken in all purpose flour and panko, this low-carb baked katsu chicken is breaded in almond flour and pork rinds. By baking the chicken, the chicken will still be crispy without frying. Because the chicken is baked, it will have fewer calories that if it is fried.

Many people like to serve Katsu chicken with white rice and Tonkatsu sauce. To pay homage to the original, we’ll serve ours with a homemade, quick, low-carb Tonkatsu sauce. For a full meal, serve with a side of cauliflower rice.

As a bonus, I’m including a recipe for Togarashi-style seasoning. If you want to spice up your Katsu chicken, add this seasoning on the chicken before it bakes. If you don’t use it, the classic seasonings will be just as delicious.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage

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Easy 4-ingredient, Hawaiian Slow Cooker Kalua Pork and Cabbage tastes just as delicious without cooking it in the ground! You don’t need a whole pig either!

Kalua Pork is always my family’s go-to recipe for easy and inexpensive entertaining. More specifically, it’s great for mixed plates, or for potlucks, or luaus. Since it only requires 4 ingredients and cooks in the slow cooker, it comes together quickly! Plus, pork is a great protein to feed a crowd on a budget.

Translated, Kalua literally means “to cook in an underground oven”. Traditional Hawaiian Kalua pork is made by cooking a whole pig in an underground pit oven called an Imu. Although, no underground oven or whole pig needed for this recipe! Instead, we’ll use pork butt (or pork shoulder) and a slow cooker.

When cooked in an Imu, Kalua Pork get’s its characteristic flavor from smoked hardwood and banana leaves wrapped around the meat. To mimic this cooking flavor, we’ll use liquid smoke and cabbage leaves!

This is such a great summer recipe because it cooks in one pot, and you don’t have to heat up the whole house. Although, it’s absolutely delicious any time of the year too!

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