Alice Springs Chicken Recipe (Outback Copycat)

An easy recipe for Alice Springs Chicken, an Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe. Marinade chicken breast in honey mustard sauce, then top with mushrooms, bacon, and way too much cheese! So delicious.

With a name like Outback Steakhouse, you can guess what most people are going to order when they walk through the door: Steak.

But it’s always wise to have chicken on the menu, right? People are obsessed with their chicken. However, in steak vs. chicken battle at a steakhouse, chicken better have a plan.

Alice Springs Chicken has a plan, and it’s amazing.

Alice springs chicken on a white plate with sides of mashed potatoes and broccoli.

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What is Alice Spring’s Chicken?

Alice Springs Chicken is a chicken dish from Outback Steakhouse. They marinade chicken breast in honey-mustard sauce, then sauté it until tender.

(You’ll need an oven-proof skillet so you can finish the chicken in the oven.)

Chicken breasts being cooked in a black skillet.

Finally, they smother the chicken in buttery mushrooms, crispy bacon, and so much melted cheese.

You get extra honey-mustard sauce on the side for dipping.

Alice springs chicken on a white plate with sides of mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Why is it called Alice Spring Chicken?

This chicken recipe is named after Alice Springs in Australia, a large town in the Northern Territory. You can read about it on Wikipedia if you want to know more!

 

Alice springs chicken on a white plate with a side of broccoli and mashed potatoes.

Alice Springs Chicken Recipe (Outback Copycat)

An easy recipe for Alice Springs Chicken, an Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe. Marinade chicken breast in honey mustard sauce, then top with mushrooms, bacon, and way too much cheese! So delicious.
4.97 from 33 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinate time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 616kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

For the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices cooked bacon chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley for garnish, optional

Instructions

To make the marinade:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Reserve ¼ cup sauce in a covered container and refrigerate until serving time.
  • Meanwhile, place the chicken breast in a large plastic zipper-top bag. Pour in remaining sauce and turn in bag until evenly coated. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.

To make the chicken:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, heat butter until the foaming.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté until they have released most of their liquid and have started to turn brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out skillet.
  • To the same skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Add chicken (discarding any remaining marinade) in a single layer and do not move until a golden-brown crust forms, about 5 minutes. 
  • Flip each piece and continue to cook until the second side is browned, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Divide the mushrooms evenly over the chicken. Top with bacon and cheese. Cover the skillet and place in the oven. Bake until the chicken reaches 165°F when tested with an internal thermometer at the thickest part, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with parsley if desired. Serve with reserved sauce on the side for dipping.

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Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal
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  1. D

    Oh my gosh. Made this tonight. I have never ordered it before, so I didn’t know what to expect. My man gets it all the time at Outback, he said it was better then Outback. I will definitely make it again. I’d like it on a roll too.

  2. Katherine Jaklewicz

    Hello:
    Maybe my eyesight is gone but I cannot see what temperature the ‘return to oven’ for final cooking is set to. Or? Do I leave it at 400 degrees? This is my all-time favorite Outback dinner.5 stars

    1. Hi Katherine! Yes, it’s 400. Basically you start the dish on the stove and you finish it in the oven. So you aren’t really “returning” it to the oven so much as “finishing it in the oven.” And yes the temperature is 400. Sorry for the confusion! I hope you love the recipe. Thank you for the question! -Meggan

  3. Kim Mistal

    This was amazing. My husband said it was better than Outback. Kim : )

  4. Susan Neves

    This recipe is pure perfection. The dish looked and tasted exactly like I remember it in Outback. I used Springer Mountain farms chicken breast…they are smaller and just a perfect serving size. I made 6. Followed the recipe as written except I doubled the honey mustard sauce/marinade because I wanted extra to use on top. My family loved it and I will most definitely be making this again. Thank you for this recipe!5 stars

  5. Sherri

    Im going to be making this because it’s the only thing I get from Outback but I have a question. What type of mayo do I use?

    1. meggan

      Hi Sherri! I use Best Foods/Hellman’s. But they are mostly the same unless you’re looking at something like Miracle Whip – not sure how that would change the flavor. Might still be good. Thanks! -Meggan

  6. Arin Kinard

    Hi my question is i don’t have dijon mustard will regular mustard work for marinade also instead of colby jack cheese can i use cheddar?

    1. meggan

      Hi Arin, those substitutions are totally fine! Use what you have. I’m sure it will still be delicious. Thanks! -Meggan

  7. Mrs. Purdy

    I made it. And different is I baked mine for 20mins. It was tender and delicious next time I’ll try 15mins.

  8. Nici

    Hi, I’ve made this before & it was amazing!!! Quick question, is there a way to make this ahead? I want to take this to a friend (for her to cook when she’s ready for supper). Could I do everything except the oven the day before?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Nici, yes that should be just fine! Technically it is “safe” until the 4th day, although the quality might deteriorate. But second day, should be fine! Sounds perfect. :) Thanks! -Meggan

  9. Ann

    Amazing! Best chicken dish I’ve ever had at home.5 stars

  10. Tracey Wiley

    Every time I eat at Outback I order this dish. I never dreamed I could make the exact same dish just as good at home, but I did! AMAZING! Tasted just like what I get at Outback, everyone loved it!5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Wow, amazing! Thanks for your kind words Tracey! -Meggan

  11. Lauren

    Love it! Followed the recipe, but added garlic and pepper to the marinade. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. Yummy!5 stars

  12. Leslie

    Delicious! This dish is my favorite at Outback’s and it tastes just like it. I made it minus the mushrooms because of picky kids. I served it with sauteed zucchini and chipotle slaw.5 stars

  13. Shelby green

    Do I cook the bacon first?

    1. Meggan

      Hi Shelby! Yes, for this one you use cooked bacon.

  14. Anita

    The recipe calls for mayo but it’s not on the list of ingredients or how much should be used?

    1. meggan

      Hi Anita, sorry for the confusion. The marinade ingredients are listed separately in the section that says “For the marinade,” you’ll see 1/4 cup is listed there for the mayo. And then right below is “for the chicken.” Sorry about that! Thanks. -Meggan

  15. Jalaine

    This is SO GOOD!! Followed the recipe without any changes and was perfect.5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Thanks so much Jalaine! Glad you liked it! -Meggan

  16. Judy

    I love this chicken. It is soooooo good. And very easy to make.5 stars

  17. Rick

    This is my favorite meal from outback. I made this for dinner with a few changes. First, I added onions to the mushrooms while sauteed. I also doubled the recipe to cover larger family. Cutting chicken breats in half makes the breasts perfect size and aides in cooking time. Only other thing I did was to brown the chicken in the bacon grease. Served with loaded mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.5 stars

  18. Jean

    Really good change of pace, tasty recipe for chicken.5 stars

  19. Stephanie

    I am trying this recipe tomorrow for dinner! It will be delicious!5 stars

  20. Jody

    Just like the real thing. 6 stars!5 stars

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