Copycat Outback Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs ChickenThere seems little honor among recipe collectors, especially those that post on their own blog. I got this recipe from a place called Favorite Family Recipes, who claimed they got it from Top Secret Recipes, but “modified” it.  The exact same recipe was other sites with no mention of where they got it. I’m not sure where it comes from, but it seems to be fairly common.

In any event, I never eat at Outback, so I sure didn’t create it.

But it is good. I did modify it somewhat mostly because the instructions were less than instructive if you get my drift. Basically, if you get the ingredients together fairly right, it will all turn out pretty darn good.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 half chicken breasts, pounded just enough to even out the thickness
  • 2 c sliced mushrooms
  •  canola oil for frying (about 2 tbsp)
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and drained on paper towelling
  • 1 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

MARINADE FOR CHICKEN:

  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the marinade up and whisk until smooth. Reserve about 1/3 of a cup and refrigerate that. Place the chicken in a bowl, pour remaining marinade over, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  2. Cook up your bacon and set aside.
  3. Saute the mushrooms in a bit of canola oil until they are done, and set this aside.
  4. Using an oven proof saute pan (if you have one. Otherwise you will switch from the pan to a baking dish for the final phase), use remaining Canola oil and bring to a shimmer. Salt and pepper the chicken and remove to the saute pan and brown on both sides. Continue cooking on lowered heat for about 10 additional minutes, or until just barely done.
  5. Brush the chicken with the reserved honey mayonnaise (not the marinade–it is contaminated!). Remove to a baking dish if using one, place 1/4 of mushrooms on each  breast. Then top with 2 slices of bacon each. Divide the cheese similarly between the four.
  6. Place in a 375° pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

SERVES: 4

NOTES: You can take any reserved marinade and warm and then serve on the side at the table, but frankly, I don’t think it’s necessary.

 

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