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.




Aztec Chicken

Red Lobster Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo
3 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion
2 tablespoons cilantro
1 tablespoon  paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 chicken breasts, boneless skinless
pico de gallo

Lime Sauce:
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoon shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 stick butter

Combine the chipotle pepper, oil, garlic, onion, cilantro, paprika, cumin, chili powder, and salt in a food processor.  Reserve have to baste the chicken while grilling. Pour the rest over the chicken breasts. Marinate for a couple of hours.

Prepare lime sauce. Boil the tequila, lime juice, shallots, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Reduce to simmer. Simmer until reduced by half. Stir in heavy cream and butter.

Grill chicken using the reserved marinade to baste during grilling.

Top chicken with lime sauce and Pico de Gallo. Red Lobster also uses thin strips of crunchy tortilla to top it all off.

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