Alice Springs Chicken

I know MANY people who regularly order the Alice Springs Chicken at Outback Steakhouse.  I'm one of those repeat offenders! - but oh my goodness, to load up a carload of kids, wait for a table, wait to order, wait for the food, wait wait wait, just about kills my urge entirely.  This is a really easy dish to do at home, and can be made ahead of time up to the point of popping it into the oven, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already! Oh... and the other perks?  For one, I can betcha it's a lot less expensive! Secondly, at home I don't have to work so hard at resisting the "other" stuff - like the free bread, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • McCormick Season All, seasoning salt
  • 6 -7 slices maple flavored bacon, crisped up with the bacon fat reserved
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 3 large fresh mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
  • 2 - 3 cups shredded Colby/Jack cheese

Method:

Trim the chicken of all extra fat.  Pat them dry. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with seasoning salt.  Allow the seasoning to "marinate" on the chicken in a cool spot for 30 - 50 minutes.

Cook the maple bacon in a large skillet until crisp.  Remove bacon, but SAVE the grease. 

Saute chicken in the bacon grease until browned on each side.  They will NOT be cooked through yet. Move chicken to a 9×13 pan.

In a small bowl, mix the honey, mustard, mayo and dried onion flakes.  Yes, this sounds like an odd combination.  It works, though.  Trust me.

Apply the honey mustard to each breast.

Layer with mushrooms, bacon, and shredded cheese.

Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is done.

I'm not a big fan of guessing, so I actually prefer to use an instant read, digital thermometer.  Cook until the thermometer reads 160 degrees in the thickest part of a chicken breasts.  This ensures that you will have a cooked, but juicy chicken breast.  No cutting into a raw chicken.  No overdone, leathery, dry chicken for your family.

If you'd like, serve with honey mustard sauce.