Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is a leading company in the bar-and-grill category of the U.S. casual dining restaurant industry. From its original location in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Ruby Tuesday chain has grown to more than 700 units in about 40 states primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. Nearly 500 of the outlets are company owned with the remainder being franchised. Entrees, ranging in price from $6.49 to $16.99, include ribs, chicken, steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches, and the menu also features soups, a salad bar, and desserts. The restaurants also offer food for carry-out via the company's "curb-side to-go" initiative. Ruby Tuesday's relatively small but expanding international operations include about three dozen franchised restaurants in about a dozen countries.
Smoky Mountain Chicken
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHICKEN
Ruby Tuesday Copycat Recipe
2 whole boneless chicken breasts (with skin)
vegetable oil or olive oil
pinch dried thyme
pinch dried summer savory
4 slices deli-sliced smoked ham
2 tablespoons hickory smoke barbecue sauce (Bullseye works the best)
2 cheddar cheese
1/2 medium tomato, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 green onion, chopped (2 tablespoons)
Prepare the barbecue or preheat the stove-top grill. Rub a little oil on the chicken, then sprinkle some salt, thyme, and savory on each chicken breast. Grill the chicken on a hot, covered barbecue for 4 to 5 minutes per side, starting with the skin side up. When you flip the chicken over the skin side down, wait a couple minutes, then put the slices of ham on the grill. This is just to heat up the ham; be careful not to scorch it.
When you think the chicken is about a minute away from being done, brush 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce over the entire face-up surface of the chicken. Stack 2 slices of ham on each breast, then lay a slice of cheese on top.
Grill the chicken until the cheese has melted, then remove the breast from the heat. Serve each breast topped with 2 tablespoons of the tomatoes and a tablespoon of green onion. Serve right away with a side or two of your choice.
Notes: You can also add some crumbled cooked bacon on top for added flavor and to make it more like the dish served at the restaurant.