Alice Springs Chicken French Bread Pizza

Your Favorite Alice Springs Chicken RECIPE in pizza form! 

Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken Pizza is everything you love about the Outback chicken but in easy, delicious French Bread pizza form!  The chicken is smothered in honey mustard sauce and layered with mushrooms, bacon and tons of cheese. then baked to golden bubbly perfection.  This Alice Springs Chicken recipe is the most addicting party food or dinner EVER and can be made ahead of time!

Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken covered in cheese

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What is Alice Springs chicken?

Oh my goodness, I am giddy to share this Alice Springs Chicken French Bread Pizza with you because it is beyond incredible!

I have always loved Alice Springs Chicken.  If you aren’t familiar with it, its an Outback entree of honey mustard chicken topped with melty cheese, sautéed seasoned mushrooms and chopped bacon.  Boy is it naughty – but oh so nice!  

top view of Alice Springs Chicken with bacon

I hadn’t devoured this bliss in some time until we ate at Outback in Cancun this past August and I ordered my old BFF – Alice Springs Chicken.  I had forgotten what I good thing I had been missing these past years but I quickly remembered and then I couldn’t forget.

In fact, I couldn’t get the tantalizing flavors out of my mind.  It was that night that I sprung up wide awake after dreaming of Alice Springs Chicken and texted myself, “Alice Springs Chicken French Bread Pizza.”  That’s what food bloggers do.

To transform our favorite Alice Springs Chicken into pizza form, we smother French bread with spiced cream cheese,  tangy honey mustard chicken, mushrooms, bacon, 3 cheeses and drizzled with more honey Dijon sauce. mmmmmmmm…….

slices of Alice Springs Chicken covered in Monterrey, mozzarella, and sharp cheese

HOW DOES ALICE SPRINGS CHICKEN GET ITS NAME?

It is a beautiful romantic story about a woman named Alice . . .  well, actually it is quite basic.  Outback Steakhouse names its dishes after places and things that are iconic to Australia, and Alice Springs is the 3rd largest town in the northern territory.  So, it’s a city name paired with a dish they made up. While it may lack for a fascinating origin or history…it does not lack for flavor.  Outback made gold with their Alice Springs chicken dish. 

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN ALICE SPRINGS CHICKEN RECIPE?

This Alice Springs Chicken recipe uses mostly pantry friendly ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken: you can use boneless chicken breasts or thighs, you’ll just want to chop whatever you use into small bite size pieces.
  • Sliced mushrooms: I prefer baby Bella mushrooms because they are more mature and therefore more flavorful than button mushrooms, but any mushroom will work in this recipe.
  • Bacon: I like center cut bacon because its thicker and meatier than classic bacon and holds up better with the rest of the ingredients. You may also use turkey bacon.
  • Cheese: Alice Springs Chicken is all about the cheese! You will need Monterrey, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese. Freshly grated cheese is best because it tasted far superior and melts better. Pre-shredded cheeses are coated in anti-clumping chemicals which prevent them from melting as well.
  • Cream cheese: less fat cream cheese works great!
  • Honey: any honey you have on hand will work for this recipe.
  • Brown sugar: may may substitute granulated sugar if you don’t have it on hand.
  • Dijon Mustardis made from fine ground hot brown or black mustard seeds and white wine which give it a sharp, pungent flavor with a little heat. You may also substitute stone ground mustard.
  • Yellow Mustard:  is your good old deli mustard. It is a mild, smooth mustard made from fine ground yellow mustard seeds and turmeric for a clean mustard taste.
  • Soy sauce: grounds the honey mustard sauce. Please use low sodium so your Alice Springs Chicken isn’t too salty.
  • Mayonnaise: adds the creamy yum to the honey mustard sauce.
  • Cajun spice: adds tons of flavor with just one seasoning bottle!
  • French Bread: sliced in half lengthwise. You can also use homemade pizza dough or storebought pizza dough if you want to get fancy.
slices of easy Alice Springs Chicken recipe

How to Make Alice Springs Chicken Recipe

  • Make Honey Mustard Sauce.  This Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken begins by whipping up a tantalizing Honey Dijon marinade/sauce.  It serves three purposes: 1) part of it becomes the chicken marinade; 2) part gets stirred into your chicken once cooked; 3) part gets stirred into the silky cream cheese which you then smother all over your French Bread.  Now this Alice Springs Chicken is seeping with honey Dijon deliciousness.  
  • Marinate chicken.   Add two tablespoons honey mustard sauce to a freezer bag or container with your chicken. Marinate 30 minutes at room temperature while you prep the rest of the ingredients up to overnight.  
  • Cook chicken.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until cooked through. Stir in one tablespoon reserved Honey Dijon Sauce. Set aside.
  • Make cream cheese spread.  Microwave cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth. Whisk in 2 tablespoons Honey Dijon Sauce.
showing how to make Alice Springs Chicken by whisking honey mustard sauce together
  • Assemble.  Spread this Honey Dijon Cream Cheese evenly over each half of French Bread. Evenly top with mushrooms, followed by chicken, then cheeses and finally top with bacon.
  • Bake.  Bake for 12-15 minutes and  cheeeeeeesy Alice Spring Chicken French Bread Pizza is ready to be consumed in one sitting. And it will be consumed in one sitting.
front view of the best Alice Springs Chicken recipe

Can I make Alice Springs Chicken Ahead of Time?

Aside from being crazy delish, this Alice Springs Chicken French Bread Pizza is perfect for parties because you can make it all ahead of time!  With just two of us at home, I completely prepped the second French Bread Pizza, wrapped it in foil and baked it days later to satisfy my continuous Alice Springs Chicken cravings and it was just as delicious as the freshly baked French bread!

a slice of Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken with bacon

CAN I FREEZE ALICE SPRINGS CHICKEN Recipe?

Yes! After the Alice Springs Chicken as baked, let it cool completely then wrap a couple times in plastic wrap followed by foil.   Pizza will last for 3 to 5 months in the Freezer.

Alice Springs Chicken – now at home, now in easy French bread pizza form, now ready to be eaten all the time – because its so addicting you won’t be able to help yourself!

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Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken recipe

Alice Springs Chicken French Bread Pizza

Cheesy Alice Springs Chicken Pizza is everything you love about the Outback chicken but in easy, delicious French Bread pizza form! The chicken is smothered in honey mustard sauce and layered with mushrooms, bacon and tons of cheese. then baked to golden bubbly perfection. This Alice Springs Chicken recipe is the most addicting party food or dinner EVER and can be made ahead of time!
Servings: 8 servings
Total Time: 32 mins
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 medium uncooked chicken breasts, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms THINLY sliced , about 4 mushrooms
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cilantro garnish (optional)

Honey Dijon Marinade/Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Whisk Honey Dijon Marinade/Sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add two tablespoons Marinade to a freezer bag along with chicken. Marinate 30 minutes – 8 hours. (optional)* Refrigerate unused Honey Dijon Sauce separately.
  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until cooked through. Stir in one tablespoon reserved Honey Dijon Sauce. Set aside.
  • Microwave cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth. Whisk in 2 tablespoons Honey Dijon Sauce. Spread this Honey Dijon Cream Cheese evenly over each half of French Bread. Evenly top with mushrooms, followed by chicken, then cheeses and finally top with bacon.
  • Bake at 375F degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  • Drizzle each French Bread with any remaining Honey Dijon Sauce. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

Notes

*If you don’t have time to marinate chicken, then add 1 extra tablespoon Honey Dijon Sauce to chicken after cooked.
**You can make the entire French Bread Pizza ahead of time. Simply assemble, wrap in foil then bake when ready.

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12 Comments

  1. Jenna says

    This sounds great, and I love that you can make it ahead and bake it later~

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Jenna! Yes, the make ahead part makes them even better 🙂

  2. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! These are making me hungry! I usually prefer thin crust pizza but I also love French bread pizza – I guess I like bread better than dough!

    • Jen says

      Hi Dorothy! I love French bread too and I love how easy it is! I actually thought about doing a thin crust for this but the toppings needed the balance of the heavier French Bread. I hope you can try this soon – its a good one 🙂

  3. aimee @ like mother like daughter says

    Jen, this is genius! I love alice springs chicken and french bread pizza – combining the two?! Yum yum! Also, once again gorgeous photos. Where did you get your wooden slab backdrop? I love it!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Aimee! If you love Alice Springs Chicken then you definitely have to make this! I just got it off of Amazon – I think I just searched cutting boards 🙂

  4. Carol says

    Can I use a different honey mustard and if so how much would I need?

    • Jen says

      Hi Carol, you are welcome to substitute honey mustard but I am not sure it will taste the same – I would use 6 tablespoons along with the sour cream and mayonnaise. Enjoy!

  5. Mary Anne says

    This sounds yummy! I’m extremely carb-sensitive, thus bread is the enemy of my waistline. I may try this as a quesadilla on a “light” tortilla, which doesn’t bother me as much. Thanks!

    • Jen says

      What a great idea, I think that will be delicious, enjoy!

  6. Lynn says

    Hi Jen,

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Just wondering — do you think I could use precooked diced rotisserie chicken, marinate it and then proceed with the cream cheese topping?

    Thanks for your brilliant recipes!

    Lynn

    • Jen says

      Absolutely! And thanks for your kind words!

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