Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat Recipe

Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat

Alice Springs Chicken! Named after the city in Australia’s red center, this dish pays homage to the Outback with its hearty blend of flavors. The locals raved about how it warmed them on cool desert nights. I’ve perfected a lighter version that retains all the coziness of the original. Tender chicken thighs are coated in a spice rub featuring paprika, garlic and thyme before being roasted to juicy perfection. Combined with buttery mushrooms and onions, it creates a rich one-pot meal. Best of all, this copycat recipe is easy enough for any home cook to enjoy. Simply toss everything in the pan and let the oven do the work.

Recipe ingredients

For the chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

To serve

  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat

How to Make This Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat Recipe

Preparing the Chicken

  • Pat the chicken breasts dry and season all over with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and thyme. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

Making the Mushroom Sauce

  • In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the mushrooms and onion with a pinch of salt until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Let it reduce by half, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the mayonnaise, honey, yellow mustard and Dijon mustard until smooth. Stir in the sautéed mushroom mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Baking the Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the prepared dish. Pour the mushroom sauce over top, coating the chicken evenly.
  • Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is opaque and the sauce is bubbling. Remove from oven.

Assembling and Baking

  • Sprinkle the crumbled bacon pieces over the chicken. Top with shredded cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Serving Instructions

  • This comforting chicken dish is best served hot from the oven, so I recommend assembling individual portions at the table family style. You can also transport it to potlucks or parties in the baking dish it was cooked in.
  • Be sure to serve with a crisp green salad or steamed vegetables to balance the richness. Buttery biscuits or crusty bread are also ideal for soaking up every last drop of the creamy mushroom sauce.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

  • Leftovers can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The flavors will continue to develop overnight.
  • This recipe also freezes beautifully. Allow the fully cooked dish to cool completely, then cover and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge or bake covered at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until hot throughout.
  • You can also freeze individual portions by dividing the recipe among freezer-safe containers before baking. Cool, cover and label with contents and date. Reheat from frozen by baking uncovered at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until steaming hot.
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FAQs

Can I use chicken breasts or thighs?

Feel free to substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs if preferred. The thicker cut will take slightly longer to cook through.

Is the sauce too rich?

You can reduce the amount of mayonnaise or use plain Greek yogurt instead for a lighter texture.

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can fully prepare the recipe up to assembling it in the baking dish. Just cover and refrigerate until ready to bake, adding 5-10 extra minutes to the cook time.

Is it kid-friendly?

Definitely! The flavors are family-pleasing and the one-pot baking makes it easy to serve. Feel free to cut the chicken into smaller pieces for little hands.

Can I double the recipe?

This recipe doubles nicely for larger crowds. Just use a 13×9 inch baking dish and increase cooking time by 10-15 minutes.

What can I serve with it?

Buttery biscuits or crusty bread to soak up the sauce, steamed green beans or roasted potatoes, and a fresh salad make great accompaniments.

Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat

Alice Springs Chicken Outback Copycat

Alice Springs Chicken! Named after the city in Australia’s red center, this dish pays homage to the Outback with its hearty blend of flavors. The locals raved about how it warmed them on cool desert nights. I’ve perfected a lighter version that retains all the coziness of the original.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken breasts generously with salt, pepper and herbs. Set aside.
  • In a skillet, soften sliced mushrooms and diced onions with a pinch of salt.
  • Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Whisk chicken broth into the hot skillet and simmer until reduced by half.
  • Whisk in mayonnaise, honey and mustards until smooth. Stir in mushroom-onion mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a baking dish.
  • Nestle the chicken breasts into the dish and pour over the creamy sauce.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until chicken is opaque and sauce is bubbling.
  • Top with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese. Return to oven 5 more minutes.
Keyword Australian chicken dish, Comforting chicken casserole, Easy chicken dinner recipe, One pan chicken and mushrooms
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.