Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Maple Glazed Chicken

Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 boneless chicken breasts

2 cups real maple syrup
3 tablespoons soy sauce (light if available)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup dried tart cherry, chopped
1/2 lemon, fresh
1/2 cup white sugar

To make glaze: Combine syrup, soy sauce, water and cherries in small sauce pot over medium heat.
Squeeze juice from half lemon in mixture and stir well. Once mixture is heated, begin adding 1/4 cup of sugar and stir until complete dissolved. Taste glaze for sweetness. As different maple syrups will have different levels of sweetness, it might be necessary to add additional sugar.
Once glaze is sweet enough, remove from heat and refrigerate. When completely cool, cover and store chilled. Use at room temperature as glaze for grilled fresh fish.

To make chicken:  You may grill or bake the chicken breasts using the glaze as a basting sauce in the final stage of cooking.

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