Alice Springs Chicken Recipe + Video

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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, plated

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!

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Skillet has everything you love about your traditional enchiladas in a no-muss no-fuss one-skillet recipe ready in just 20 minutes!

This Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake and my Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole are both 30-minute meals with just 15 minutes of prep.

Both are sure to be on your monthly meal plan again and again.

collage: making marinade for Alice Springs chicken

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.

collage: cooking chicken and mushrooms, then combining

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.
  • 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.
collage: adding bacon and cheese to cooked chicken, baking and serving

Serving Suggestions

Recreate the restaurant experience with a side of mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, or a green salad.

You could also pair this Alice Springs chicken recipe with Oven Baked Garlic Fries, or throw together a Strawberry Spinach Salad for a lighter meal.

Kitchen tools and equipment needed

  • Baking SheetsGood, 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!

fork pulling away a piece of Outback chicken

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.

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close up: baked chicken smothered in bacon, cheese, and mushrooms

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Alice Springs Chicken Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
This Alice Springs Chicken recipe lets you create the Outback restaurant favorite at home. Make this cheesy baked chicken for dinner tonight!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 4


  • 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.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 689cal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 955mg | Sugar: 36g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 2mg

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.

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Originally published June 2018, updated and republished February 2023

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  1. Are you saying you put the raw bacon on the chicken and then cover it with cheese? When does it get crisp?

  2. I cooked the chicken and mushrooms in the bacon grease. Before I put chicken in oven. This gets better everytine I make it…

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