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Love copycat recipes? This Alice Springs Chicken is an easy one-skillet meal the whole family will love. It consists of chicken breasts topped with honey mustard, sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, and melted cheese.

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I love copycat recipes; I always have and always will. It saves me money from having to go out to a restaurant to get my favorite meal, and this Alice Springs Chicken has been on our table more times than I can recall.

So, if I can make it at home, the better! This Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe is one of my favorites. We make it all the time, and everyone absolutely loves it.

It is an easy recipe with no odd ingredients, and it makes the perfect dinner time or lunch meal, depending on your hunger.

Chicken has always been one of my favorite meats to cook, so this recipe has served our family well; we like to keep it in our rotation as much as possible.

You can’t go wrong with easy dinner recipes, and I make them more often than complicated dishes. Honey mustard chicken is a favorite in our house.

This dish has all of my favorite things – bacon and cheese!!!

I am a huge Outback Steakhouse Fan and this is one of their most popular menu items, so you know I had to try my hand at making it myself. This copycat Alice Springs Chicken recipe sure hits it out of the park.

Some of our other favorite copycat recipes on our site include Copycat Capitan D’s Crunchy Battered Fish, Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup, and Easy Copycat Panda Express Mushroom Chicken Recipe.

Alice springs chicken in the skillet

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Minimal and simple ingredients make this recipe easy to throw together.
  • We made it a full meal by adding Brussels sprouts and bacon to the pan!
  • This can be doubled to have more servings for more people.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Bacon 
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Baby Bella mushrooms
  • Brussel sprouts fresh or frozen
  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey mustard
  •  Colby Jack cheese, shredded
Overhead image of ingredients needed to make alice springs chicken

HOW TO MAKE ALICE SPRINGS CHICKEN :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.
  2. Add the bacon to a 12-inch large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until crispy. Drain the bacon, reserving the bacon grease in the pan. Set the bacon aside for later.
  3. Season the chicken on both sides with half of the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Over medium heat in the same pan with the bacon fat, sear the chicken on both sides until golden brown; they do not have to cook through—about 7-10 minutes total time. Set the chicken on a pan and set aside.
  5. Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and saute until cooked through; they will be slightly golden brown but not mushy. Take them out of the pan, and set aside.4
  6. Finally, add the Brussel sprouts to the pan and toss in the remaining fat. Add the butter and toss to coat—season with the remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Let sear until golden brown, about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally.
collage of first steps to make alice springs chicken
  1. Place chicken back into the pan on top of the Brussel sprouts, and place the whole pan into the preheated oven. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Smear the honey mustard on top of the chicken. Add the sauteed mushrooms, half of the crisp bacon, and the cheese to the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining bacon over the Brussel sprouts and place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
collage of images showing the final steps of preparing alice springs chicken

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

This is a copycat recipe from an Outback Steakhouse restaurant: chicken breast topped with honey mustard, mushrooms, bacon, and lots of melty cheese!

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes.

My version includes Brussel sprouts made all in one pan for a full meal. I love meals where you only have to dirty one pan, and those are the best.

Yes, this is an Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken copycat recipe, but I added Brussels sprouts with bacon straight in the pan to make it a full meal.

Due to the honey mustard sauce, it is not considered low carb. However, eliminating that ingredient will then make it low-carb.

You can use that option unless you can find a special low-carb version of honey mustard sauce.

overhead image of finished alice springs chicken in skillet

I love just having a large helping of the Brussel sprouts with this dish. If you are looking for more side items, I would suggest:

And for dessert (because, why not?!):

You better believe it! I love changing things up. Nothing says you have to stick with the original!

  • A drizzle of remaining honey mustard sauce on top of each piece of chicken before adding the cheese for extra zing and much flavor.
  • Swap Brussel sprouts with green beans or a mix of colorful vegetables to add variety and color to this dish, making it suitable for those who enjoy healthy recipes.
  • Add a side dish of potato wedges or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal that will earn rave reviews from the family.
  • Sprinkle a little smoked paprika on the chicken before baking for a hint of smokiness and a lot of flavor.
  • Serve with a small salad to complement the richness of the chicken, aligning with those seeking balanced and healthy recipes.
  • Incorporate a few tablespoons of chopped sun-dried tomatoes into the mushroom mix for a tangy twist.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or chives for a burst of color and freshness just before serving.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas here. I love hearing from you!

  • For those interested in Mexican recipes, consider using a mix of cheddar and pepper jack cheese instead of Colby and Monterey Jack for a spicy kick and melted cheese delight.
  • If aiming for Spanish recipes, add a pinch of saffron to the Brussel sprouts while they’re cooking for an authentic flavor twist.
  • For fans of Thai recipes, mix a tablespoon of peanut butter with the honey mustard for a unique, Thai-inspired sauce to smear on top of the chicken.
  • Replace the honey mustard with a barbecue sauce for a different flavor profile that still provides a lot of flavor and pairs beautifully with the bacon and cheese.
  • Use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon for a lighter option that still provides a crispy texture and much flavor.
  • Opt for a dairy-free cheese alternative for those with dietary restrictions or preferences, ensuring everyone can enjoy the melted cheese aspect of this delicious dish.
upclose image of alice springs chicken in skillet

HOW TO STORE:

This needs to be refrigerated so if you have any leftovers from making more or from this recipe place them in an airtight container and they will last up to 3-4 days.

This can also be frozen, you can make the chicken as prepared and it will freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Let defrost in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or low setting in the oven until heated.

DANA’S TIPS & TRICKS:

  • We like to use chicken breasts for this as they are larger portions, but you can also use chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • This can be frozen, see tips above.
  • Colby Jack cheese is used in this recipe, but you can replace it with what you have on hand, including cheddar cheese.
  • The Brussel sprouts are optional, we use them just to complete it as a rounded meal.
  • You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.
plated alice springs chicken, a piece of chicken cut in half

Want a fun and delicious copycat recipe the entire family will love and that will save you money on outings?

Then you need to try my Alice Springs Chicken—it’s simply a wonderful recipe!

If you’ve tried this ALICE SPRINGS CHICKEN, let me know in the comments how it turned out! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes!

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5 from 3 votes

Alice Springs Chicken

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 42 minutes
Total: 52 minutes
If you love copycat recipes, this Alice Springs Chicken is an easy one skillet meal the whole family will love. Chicken breasts topped with honey mustard sauce, sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, and cheese.
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.
  • Add the bacon to a 12-inch large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until crispy. Drain the bacon, reserving the bacon grease in the pan. Set the bacon aside for later.
    4 slices thick cut bacon
  • Season the chicken on both sides with half of the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
    2 chicken breasts, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Over medium heat in the same pan with the bacon fat, sear the chicken on both sides until golden brown; they do not have to cook through—about 7-10 minutes total time. Set the chicken on a pan and set aside.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and saute until cooked through; they will be slightly golden brown but not mushy. Take them out of the pan, and set aside.
    4 ounces mushrooms*
  • Finally, add the Brussel sprouts to the pan and toss in the remaining fat. Add the butter and toss to coat—season with the remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Let sear until golden brown, about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally.
    10 ounces Brussel sprouts, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Place chicken back into the pan on top of the Brussel sprouts, and place the whole pan into the preheated oven. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Smear the honey mustard on top of the chicken. Add the sauteed mushrooms, half of the crisp bacon, and the cheese to the chicken.
    2 tablespoons honey mustard, 1/2 cup Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sprinkle the remaining bacon over the Brussel sprouts and place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Notes

 
  1. We like to use chicken breasts for this as it is larger portions but you can use chicken tenderloins or boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.
  2. This can be frozen, see tips above.
  3. Colby and Monterey Jack cheese are used in this recipe, but you can replace with what you have on hand.
  4. The brussel sprouts are optional, we use them just to complete it as a rounded meal.
  5. You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.
  6. Use your favorite mushrooms, I used baby bella mushrooms.*

Nutrition

Calories: 895kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 254mg | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 1769mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1841IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 4mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Originally posted 11/19/2018

Updated with text 03/2024

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this the other day. I love Brussel Sprouts, but my son does not. I cook them anyway – try different methods. This one, he liked! He said best Brussels he ever had.

    Chicken was moist and tasty.

    Recipe was easy to follow. Thanks!

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