This Alice Springs Chicken recipe lets you create the Outback restaurant favorite at home. Smothered in bacon, cheese, and mushroom sauce, baked honey mustard chicken makes one tasty meal!
Alice Springs Chicken Recipe
Marinate chicken breasts in a lemony, mustard mixture, then season and brown in a hot skillet until golden.
Smother them in a creamy, homemade mushroom sauce, plus plenty of bacon and cheese, then bake!
Chicken and cheese are just two ingredients that go so well together. If you agree, I have a few more cheesy chicken recipes that you might want to try!
What is Alice Springs Chicken?
Alice Springs Chicken is one of the most popular menu items at Outback Steakhouse. And, thankfully, it’s very easy to make your own at home!
If you’re wondering why it’s called that, I’ll explain. This Outback chicken dish is named after a town called Alice Springs in the Northwest Territory of Australia.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Mustard – Outback uses dijon mustard for their Alice Springs Chicken recipe. If you don’t have any, you can use regular mustard instead.
- Cheese – You can substitute cheddar or Colby Jack cheese for the Swiss cheese.
- For additional flavor, add garlic and onions to the mushrooms while they are cooking.
- Chicken – If you’d rather use chicken thighs instead of breasts, they will work just as well.
- Bacon – You can use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon if you want to reduce the fat content.
Just know that if you want crispy bacon, you’ll need to use regular bacon.
- Add a pinch of salt to the mushrooms while they are cooking. Not only will salt season the mushrooms, but it also helps them release their moisture.
This means they will cook more quickly.
Kitchen tools and equipment needed
- Baking Sheets – Good, sturdy baking sheets will last for years and bake much more evenly than cheaply made ones.
- Heavy-bottomed Skillet – Whether it’s stainless steel, cast iron, or non-stick, a good heavy-bottomed skillet will cook more evenly and allow you to get that nice, pretty sear on the Alice Springs chicken copycat that adds a lot of flavor.
- Cheese Grater – Hand grated cheese melts better than store-bought shredded cheese because it doesn’t have the added starches that prevent caking.
I much prefer to grate my own cheese whenever possible, and a good cheese grater makes the job a lot easier!
Do you need to marinate the chicken?
Yes — for this Alice Springs Chicken copycat recipe, you will need to marinate the chicken for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
It really adds an amazing flavor to both the meat and the entire dish that you don’t want to miss!
Clean Up Tips
- Use a plastic Ziplock bag to marinate your chicken in.
Doing this allows the chicken to be fully immersed in the honey mustard sauce and makes for easier cleanup, too.
- Use parchment paper to line your baking sheet. Otherwise, the sweet honey mustard sauce will run off the chicken and burn onto the baking sheet as it cooks.
- Lining it with parchment paper also creates a non-stick surface for the Outback chicken and makes cleanup a breeze! Less time in the kitchen is always good.
Storing and Reheating Leftover Outback Chicken
If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container with a tightly fitting lid. They will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
When you want to reheat them, remove your copycat Alice Springs chicken from the container and reheat it at 200 to 250°F until it is warmed through.
Cook it slowly for 20 to 30 minutes so that it doesn’t dry out.
What side dishes pair well with this Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken recipe?
You have options when it comes to pairing up this copycat Alice Springs chicken recipe.
The whole family would enjoy sauteed mushrooms, golden brown sliced potatoes, green beans, and even white rice.
Don’t forget that you can also add toppings like fresh parsley or diced onions to the tender chicken, too.
Cheddar cheese is a great way to add a little bit of flavor to new recipes like this, and a few pieces of bacon diced up are also something that the entire family will love.
Squeezing a bit of lemon juice and black pepper on top is perfect for healthy recipes like this.
When you’re creating this juicy chicken recipe in your own kitchen, you can add seasonings to this Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe to make it one of your favorite meals.
Have fun with the options for this delicious chicken recipe. Even though it’s an outback copycat recipe, the best part is that you can put your own spin on it!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Copycat Recipes
Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat Recipe + Video
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, halves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and cut in half
- 2 cups button mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, grated
- Fresh Parsley, chopped
- Whisk together honey, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Reserve ½ cup of sauce and set aside. Pour remaining honey mustard sauce into a gallon-sized Zip lock bag and add chicken. Marinade for 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers.
- Remove chicken from the marinade with tongs and place into hot skillet. Season each side with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown but not cooked through, working in batches as not to over-crowd the pan.
- Place browned chicken on prepared baking sheet.
- In the same skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Stir in mushrooms and a pinch of salt, and cook until tender and starting to brown. Remove from heat.
- Divide and spoon mushrooms over the chicken breasts, followed by 2 slices of bacon, and the Monterrey jack cheese.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
- Top with fresh parsley and serve with reserved honey mustard sauce for dipping.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published June 2018, updated and republished February 2024
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