Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.





Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Grilled, marinated chicken breast topped with sliced Portobello mushrooms, a slice of tomato and chunky marinara sauce. Served on a wheat bun along with fresh fruit.


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
1 cup Italian salad dressing
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 buns, split
Lettuce leaves, if desired
4 slices of tomato
4 portobello mushroom caps, grilled
1 cup tomato pasta sauce or marinara sauce, heated

Flatten each chicken breast to about 1/4-inch thickness between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap.
Put chicken in a plastic food storage bag with Italian dressing and marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink in center. Fill buns with chicken, lettuce, mushroom and pasta sauce.

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