If you've ever visited the restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, you have probably had this recipe. The copycat Alice Springs chicken recipe is easy to make, has tons of great flavor, packed with mushrooms, bacon, and topped with cheese. It's an ideal recipe to make to impress guests when you don't have a ton of time to get dinner onto the table. Plus, this is a great easy recipe that truly anyone can make no matter their cooking skill set!
Copycat Alice Springs Chicken
The first time I ever ate at Outback Steakhouse, this was the menu item I chose. If you are tired of ordinary chicken breasts, then this is the recipe that is going to change your mind. The sweet and slightly spicy sauce combined with rich and earthy mushrooms turns the chicken into a delicious main dish you will love. Add in cheddar and some crispy bacon and you have an all in one meal that is satisfying for everyone at your table!
Why Is It Called Alice Springs Chicken?
As with most of the menu items at this restaurant, it is named after a town in Australia. Alice Springs is part of the Northern Territory and well known, so now it is associated in the United States with a delightful chicken dish!
What to Serve with Alice Springs Chicken
If you eat this at the restaurant, you will likely be served with a side salad, a baked potato, and some warm toasty bread. You can of course, choose from other options on the menu there which include things like steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and rice. In our house, there are a few recipes that are especially good alongside this rather rich main dish. Below are a few of my favorite sides.
- Sundried Tomatoes and Garlic Pasta
- Garlic Parmesan Sauteed Zucchini
- Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
- Mashed Potato Bites Recipe
- Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
- Spinach Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
Is Alice Springs Chicken Keto Friendly?
This recipe is not entirely keto-friendly as listed. You can, however, make this low-carb by simply swapping the barbecue sauce for a sugar-free variety. G.Hughes sugar free barbecue sauce is a great choice to swap in the sauce mixture. That change is all you need to turn this into a keto or low-carb friendly recipe.
For a full meal, you could serve this with keto bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts and Instant Pot mashed cauliflower. A perfect keto-friendly meal! A side of keto bread would also fit to make this feel like a true copycat of the restaurant-style meal.
Can I Make Alice Springs Chicken in the Air Fryer?
You can definitely make this recipe in your air fryer! Just place the chicken into a baking dish that fits into your air fryer. Alternately, you can place parchment paper into the air fryer basket and place the chicken directly onto the paper. If doing that, you will want to watch closely to make sure nothing burns.
When making this in the air fryer, I recommend cutting the cooking time down by 5-7 minutes. Always check the internal temperature of the chicken first for safety before serving.
Can I Use Chicken Thighs Instead of Chicken Breasts?
If your family prefers chicken thighs over chicken breasts, this is a great recipe to substitute those in too. The cook time will vary slightly since chicken thighs tend to be thinner than breasts when boneless and skinless. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes before adding the toppings for an additional 7-10 minutes. As always, verify the internal temperature has reached 165°F internally for safety before serving.
What Are The Best Mushrooms for This Recipe?
Basic white button mushrooms are the best choice for this recipe since they are so easy to find and provide a nice rich earthy flavor. Baby Bella mushrooms are also good choices if easy to find in your market. While you can get creative with other types of mushrooms, this recipe really only needs the traditional mushroom since the flavors of others would be covered by the sauce and cheese and not as prominent or useful in this meal.
- Chicken breasts
- Dijon mustard
- Barbecue sauce
- Cheddar cheese
- Black pepper
How to Make Copycat Outback Alice Springs Chicken.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp, then remove and set aside to drain.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring regularly until the mushrooms have softened. Remove these from the pan and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray the bottom of a baking dish with non-stick spray.
Season the chicken breasts on all sides with salt and pepper then place in an even layer in the bottom of the baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
Spread the mixture over the tops of the chicken in an even layer coating all of the chicken well.
Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and pour the prepared mushrooms over the top of the chicken and spread in an even layer.
Top with the cheese and then return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Sprinkle the top with the crisp bacon crumbles and chopped fresh parsley.
More Delicious Chicken Recipes
Chicken is my go-to for mealtime. It's healthier than other options, affordable, and pretty universally the most versatile protein in my kitchen. If you want other choices to add toy our menu, look no further than the list below for some great choices to add to your menu.
- Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Fresh Herbs & Flaky Crust
- Roasted Chicken with Garlic Butter
- Herbed Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms
- Roasted Greek Chicken Thighs Recipe
- Garlic and Herb Baked Chicken Breast Recipe
- Crispy Garlic Herb Chicken with Parmesan Cauliflower Rice
As mentioned above, using a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature of chicken is the best way to make sure the chicken is done without over cooking. I highly recommend investing in the ThermoPro TP-16 digital meat thermometer. It has multiple presets and a 40" mesh cable that allows you to put the end into the meat and leave the base outside the oven to see the temperature as it changes during the cooking process.
- 6 slices bacon
- 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
- 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring regularly until the mushrooms have softened. Remove these from the pan and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray the bottom of a baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Season the chicken breasts on all sides with salt and pepper then place in an even layer in the bottom of the baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
- Spread the mixture over the tops of the chicken in an even layer coating all of the chicken well.
- Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and pour the prepared mushrooms over the top of the chicken and spread in an even layer.
- Top with the cheese and then return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Sprinkle the top with the crisp bacon crumbles and chopped fresh parsley.
- Serve immediately.
For a keto version, use sugar-free barbecue sauce.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1070mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 56g