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Just Like Applebee's Chicken Cavatappi

Just Like Applebees Chicken Cavatappi
Just Like Applebees Chicken Cavatappi
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Just when you thought the three cheese chicken cavatappi from Applebee's couldn't get any better, we kicked it up a notch by adding a fourth cheese! You'll fall in love with this creamy, cheesy Just Like Applebee's Chicken Cavatappi topped with chicken and Italian dressing. This has got to be one of the tastiest Applebee's recipes of all time, and it is sure to become a family favorite. You'll never need to make the trip to Applebee's again when you can make their famous recipe right in your own kitchen.

Yields5 servings

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time25 min

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 ounces Prosciutto

Instructions

  1. In a deep baking dish or plastic bag place the chicken and pour the dressing over. Marinate for 1-2 hours.

  2. In a small bowl mix the tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper toss and set bruschetta aside.

  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.

  4. In a skillet or grill pan sear the chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes, flip and sear the other side. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked and has an internal temp of 165. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

  5. In a large saucepan melt the butter. Toss in the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.

  6. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and add the mozzarella, Parmesan, Asiago and mascarpone cheeses. Stir and add the salt and pepper. Continue to stir and cook until the cheeses are melted.

  7. Stir in cooked, drained pasta.

  8. In a small skillet saute the prosciutto until crispy.

  9. Serve the pasta topped with the sliced chicken, bruschetta and crispy prosciutto.

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I tend to overlook Applebee's, but this sounds really good. I'll have to give it a try one of these nights.

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