Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken Made Skinny

alice springs chicken photo

Have you ever tried this amazing chicken dish? It’s one of the most beloved dinners on Outback’s menu. With bacon, melted cheese and a dreamy mustard sauce, this chicken dish is out of this world. One problem though…Each serving has 756 calories and 47 grams of fat!  Good news though. My skinny remake has all the same great flavors and tastes really, really good! Each serving has 264 calories, 9 grams fat and 6 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 8 Green.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook and Bake Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients

4 (1 pound total) boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness, see shopping and prep tips

½ teaspoon seasoning salt, I like Lawry’s, or salt

4 slices bacon, see shopping tips

¼ cup yellow or spicy brown mustard (not Dijon)

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Food’s (Hellman’s)

2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt

½ tablespoons dried onions flakes or 1 tablespoon scallions, chopped (green part only)

1½ teaspoon olive oil

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

¼ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (for gluten-free, use Sargento)


Instructions

1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with seasoning salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. In the meantime, line a microwave-safe plate with several paper towels. Place bacon on top and cover with more paper towels. Cook for about 4 minutes until bacon is crisp. Blot well, cool slightly, and crumble. Set aside.

3. Add mushrooms to a small bowl and cook in the microwave for 1 minute to soften. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, honey, mayonnaise, yogurt, and dried onion flakes or scallions. Set aside.

5. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add oil and heat. Place chicken in the pan and saute over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side until browned. Move chicken to a baking dish that has been coated with a little cooking spray.

6. Spread most of the honey mustard sauce over each chicken breast, then layer each piece with the mushrooms, top with the remaining honey mustard sauce, sprinkle each with crumbled bacon. Finally, top each with 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.

6. Bake in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and chicken is done.

Makes 4 servings


Shopping Tips

To save time, many supermarkets sell packages of thin-cut, boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s. Otherwise, be sure to pound them a bit to make them thinner.

I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories, 3 slices contain 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Once cooked on paper towels, most of the fat soaks into the paper, not in the bacon, so the fat is further cut down.

I recently discovered fantastic, healthier bacon. Its called Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. Its low in fat and calories, uncured, contains no nitrites, and is gluten-free. Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Heres the link to their website:
http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon


Prep Tips
Pound each breast, one at a time, between two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap.  Pound to ½ inch thickness, with something heavy. A meat mallet, if you have it, a big can of tomatoes or a rolling pin. Or for ease, many supermarkets sell packages of thin slices of chicken breasts. I found them at Trader Joe’s. This will save you prep time.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
6-Blue
WW SmartPoints 8-Green
WW POINTS PLUS
7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
264 calories, 9g fat, 3g sat. fat, 63mg chol, 29g prot, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 666mg sod, 18g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
135 calories, 2g sat. fat, 4g protein, 17g sugar

Comments

  1. I made this recently for myself and my husband. I’m on WW, he’s not. We both loved it! It’s really delicious, thank you!

  2. I’m so happy you both enjoyed your dinner.Thanks so much for letting me know Theresa!
    My best wishes,
    Nancy

  3. This was my teenage son’s favorite recipe for chicken. Now he is in the Army but when he comes home he always asks me to make it for him. Made it over his Christmas break & his new girlfriend loved it too…said she needs the recipe. Great flavor & tender chicken!

  4. Ahhh…What a sweet story. A big thanks to your son for serving and thanks for sharing this story Kim!
    All the best,
    Nancy

  5. I’m sorry Ramona, but at this point, I’m only including the Blue and Green points.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  6. Sorry, Tiffany, but at this point, I’ll only be including Blue and Green points. For all of these years, I use a different program than WW to input all of my recipes to do the nutrition facts and points.
    I have hundreds of recipes and don’t have the time to input them into WW to make the calculations for the purple plan. Maybe in the future.
    My best,
    Nancy

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!