Keto Alice Springs chicken is bursting with flavor. Now you can recreate this Outback Steakhouse meal at home with an easy copycat recipe. Featuring juicy chicken smothered in a mustard sauce, topped with savory mushrooms, crispy bacon, and melty cheese for the ultimate keto comfort food. It’s a perfect blend of delicious flavor and texture in every bite!
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Alice Springs Chicken Copycat Recipe
Want to indulge in the comforting flavors of a popular Outback Steakhouse dish? One where tender chicken breasts are perfectly seasoned, browned, and smothered in a tangy mustard sauce? And then topped with sauteed mushrooms, crispy bacon and a decadent layer of cheese?
Well, look no further.
This hearty and satisfying meal combines the perfect balance of savory, slightly sweet, and smoky flavors. And the best part, this classic dish is a hit whether served for a cozy weeknight dinner or a special occasion.
This homemade version of this beloved restaurant favorite will have everyone coming back for seconds!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Hearty comfort food – Combining juicy chicken, savory bacon, indulgent cheese, savory mushrooms, and other ingredients creates a rich and deeply satisfying dish. Plus, I haven’t met many people who don’t love bacon and cheese.
- Tasty copycat recipe – You can enjoy the same delicious flavors of this beloved Outback Steakhouse meal without leaving the comfort of your home. With this easy recipe, you can recreate a restaurant-quality meal and save money in the process.
- Keto and low-carb – Not only does this easy dinner dish deliver incredible flavors, but it’s also ideally suited for anyone on the keto diet.
- Versatile and customizable – Adapt the chicken meal for the family. Have picky eaters who scoff at mushrooms? Skip them or add them to just a few chicken pieces. Can’t do dairy? Omit the cheese – trust me, it’ll be just as delicious with so much flavor in one dish. Make this recipe yours and adjust as needed.
How to Make Alice Springs Chicken
Keto Alice Springs chicken comes together with six simple ingredients plus seasonings, and you can have a tasty dinner on the table in 35 minutes.
Whisk a little mustard sauce, season the chicken, and sear it for some caramelized action. Then bring it all together in a casserole dish for an easy and delicious dinner.
For the mustard sauce:
- Yellow mustard – The base of the mustard sauce, classic yellow mustard adds a tangy and slightly spicy flavor to the dish.
- Mayonnaise – I use avocado oil mayonnaise. It adds creaminess and a rich texture to the sauce, but you can substitute it with Greek yogurt or sour cream.
- Sweetener – A little bit of granular keto sweetener adds a little sweetness without the added carbs. It balances the tanginess of the mustard and cuts through the richness of the mayonnaise.
- Green onion – Also known as scallion, finely chopped green onion adds a mild onion flavor and a touch of freshness to the dish. Reserve some for a pop of color as garnish.
For the chicken:
- Chicken breast – The dish’s star, you’ll need about three pounds of chicken breast. It’s lean and naturally mild but, combined with the rest of the ingredients, really shines.
- Bacon strips – Bacon adds a savory, smoky flavor to the dish that pairs well with the chicken. Plus, bacon makes everything better. Use cooked bacon.
- Mushrooms – Adds a nice depth of flavor and varied texture, complementing chicken, bacon, and cheese well.
- Cheese – Just a few ounces of shredded cheese. Use your favorite cheese – Colby, Monterrey Jack, cheddar cheese – any hard cheese will work.
- Seasonings – A basic blend of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and black pepper helps to season the chicken and balances the overall taste of the dish.
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Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong! Before you know it, you will sit down to a delicious cheesy keto dish.
Step one: Prepare
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Mix all mustard sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub evenly over the chicken breast.
Step two: Cook chicken and mushrooms
Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan.
Once hot, cook the chicken for four minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
Saute the mushrooms in the remaining oil for about five minutes until tender.
Step three: Bake for 15 minutes
Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish by lightly greasing it with olive oil or cooking spray.
Transfer a small portion of the sauce and spread it over the center of the pan. The corners don’t matter but do add enough to fill the entire space under the chicken. Arrange the chicken over the sauce.
Cut bacon strips in half; there will be 12 if each slice is one ounce. Arrange three pieces on each chicken breast. I put two lengthwise and one offset slightly to cover the widest part.
Place mushrooms on the bacon. The cooked bacon will act like a trough, holding the mushrooms in place.
Sprinkle the cheese over each piece evenly.
Finally, divide the remaining sauce and cover evenly.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. Once done, the cheese will be completely melted, and the chicken will be cooked.
Add optional garnish with the reserved green onion. Serve warm.
- Start with dry chicken. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. This will help the seasonings stick better. Also, per USDA’s recommendation, don’t bother washing the chicken. Just remove it from the package and dry with paper towels.
- Add to a hot pan. If you want that golden crust on the chicken, ensure the pan and oil are hot before adding chicken. The heat will react to the proteins, causing a Maillard reaction. This creates a complex flavor profile and a mouthwatering visual appeal.
- Cooking time varies. The cook time will depend on the thickness of the chicken breast. The best way to check for doneness in chicken is to insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken, and when the internal temperature registers 165 F, the meat is cooked through.
Alice Springs Chicken Nutrition
There are six generous servings of this Alice Springs Chicken copycat recipe. You can easily split this recipe into nine servings, especially if served with a side or salad.
The nutritional information below is calculated for nine servings. However, if you want a high-protein, ultra-satiating meal, keep it at six.
Each serving contains:
- 411 calories
- 39 g protein
- 26 g fat
- 3 g total carbs
- 1 g fiber
- 2 g net carbs
Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app to recalculate and reflect your changes.
Substitutions and Variations
Keto Alice Springs chicken is such a forgiving recipe that you can still make a delicious chicken dinner even if you don’t have all the ingredients. Consider these simple swaps to make this easy copycat recipe work for you:
- Use chicken thighs instead of breasts. Chicken thighs have more fat and often cook faster than chicken breasts. Keep that meat thermometer close by to avoid overcooking it.
- Swap bacon bits for bacon strips. Hit the easy button and use bacon bits in the same way as the cooked bacon strips. Once under all that mushroom and cheesy goodness, no one will ever know you made this swap.
- Carnivore diet – Since this recipe is low-fiber and primarily meat-based, it is a keto carnivore-friendly recipe. Modifying this as a strict carnivore recipe is possible, but it will be further from the original dish since mustard is a signature ingredient in the Alice Springs recipe. A strict carnivore option substitutes the mustard sauce for alfredo sauce (use the carnivore recipe from The Carnivore Cookbook), omits seasoning except for salt and mushrooms, and uses animal fat instead of olive oil.
- Paleo diet – Use a natural sweetener such as coconut sugar or sucanat instead of keto sweetener. For strict paleo, omit the cheese and ensure the mayonnaise and bacon are compliant.
- GAPS diet – Use honey instead of the keto sweetener to make the mustard sauce. Omit bacon and use Colby or Monterey Jack cheese.
- Whole30 diet – Skip the sweetener in the mustard sauce entirely and the cheese. Ensure the mayonnaise and bacon are free from additives and non-Whole30 ingredients.
What to Serve with Alice Springs Chicken
Serve Alice Springs chicken with your favorite side, like braised cabbage or low-carb mashed potatoes, for ultra-comfort food vibes. If you still want to add that comfort food feel but make it lighter, serve Alice Springs chicken with cauliflower rice instead.
You can also serve this chicken dinner with a light salad. Dishes up a side of fermented food like sauerkraut is delicious too.
No matter how you serve it, it will quickly become a favorite and a regular on your meal rotation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Leftover keto Alice Springs chicken will last three to five days in the fridge.
Transfer Alice Springs chicken into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. Place the chicken in a small skillet or saucepan and add some liquid before reheating on the stovetop. Cover and reheat over medium heat until warmed through.
Yes, Alice Springs chicken can be frozen, but it’s best to freeze without the cheese, as the texture may differ after thawing. You can freeze this chicken meal in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat per the instructions above.
More Easy Keto Chicken Dinner Recipes
Chicken dinner is such a classic meal and for a good reason. When done right, it’s tender and juicy and full of flavor.
Lastly, keto chicken cordon bleu, chicken ala king and chicken Francese are hearty and comforting classics that the entire family will love. Be sure to include these winner recipes on your meal plan this week.
Easy Alice Springs Chicken Recipe
For the mustard sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 °F.
- Mix all mustard sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub evenly over the chicken breast.
- Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan. Once hot, cook the chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside. Saute the mushrooms in the remaining oil for about 5 minutes until tender.
- Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish by lightly greasing with olive oil or cooking spray. Transfer a small portion of the sauce and spread over the center of the pan. The corners don’t matter, but do add enough to fill the entire space under the chicken.
- Arrange the chicken over the sauce. Cut bacon strips in half; there will be 12. Arrange three pieces on each chicken breast. I put two lengthwise, and one off-set slightly to cover the widest part. Place mushrooms on the bacon. The cooked bacon will act like a trough of sorts and hold the mushrooms in place. Sprinkle the cheese over each piece evenly. Finally, divide the remaining sauce and cover evenly.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 °F. Once done, the cheese will be completely melted, and the chicken cooked through. Add green onion garnish and serve warm.
Nutrition & Macros
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