Cheesy Bacon Chicken with Mustard Sauce is chicken breasts marinated in honey mustard sauce and baked topped with bacon and cheese. If this sounds good to you, be sure to also try my Honey Mustard Chicken!
Cheesy Bacon Chicken with Mustard Sauce
This recipe is based on the Alice Springs Chicken on the menu at Outback Steakhouse restaurants but without the mushrooms. Chicken breasts are marinated in a homemade honey mustard sauce and then pan-seared. Finally, each piece of chicken is topped and baked in the oven with crispy bacon and lots of cheese! I highly recommend making this cheesy chicken recipe in a cast-iron skillet (or a skillet that is oven-safe). Cast-iron skillets heat evenly and help cook the chicken to perfection!
Mustard: I used yellow mustard in the marinade. You could also use dijon mustard if preferred. Or, in a pinch, use a storebought honey mustard sauce.
Honey: I recommend using raw honey for the best results. Raw honey has not been heated or pasteurized and contains a range of benefits from anti-oxidants to anti-viral to anti-bacterial properties. It can even be soothing for burns and wounds. Plus, it’s nice to support your local honey producers.
Chicken: This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You could also use chicken thighs, but cooking time may be different.
Bacon: Cook the bacon ahead of time. The easiest way to do this is to line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place the strips of bacon on the foil, and bake for about 15 minutes at 415°F. It doesn’t have to be completely cooked since it will be cooked more in the oven with the chicken.
Marinating the Chicken
One thing to note in this recipe is timing; the chicken does need to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight. To make the honey mustard marinade, simply combine the mustard, honey, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together for about 30 seconds. This will make approximately 1 1/4 cups of dressing.
Next, place the chicken breasts in a baking dish. Pour about a cup of the marinade over the chicken, making sure to coat both sides of the chicken. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place the chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours. Chill the remaining honey mustard dressing until ready to bake the chicken.
How to Make Cheesy Bacon Chicken and Mustard
After the chicken has had time to marinate, get out your cast-iron skillet and get this delicious dish made. First, pan-sear the chicken breasts for a few minutes on each side. The chicken will not be completely cooked at this point; it will continue to cook in the oven.
Next, remove the skillet (chicken) from the heat and brush the tops of the chicken breasts with a little bit of the reserved honey mustard marinade. Again, save a little bit of the marinade to serve on the side. Add two strips of cooked bacon and about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of each piece of chicken. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
Cheesy Bacon Chicken and Mustard
Honey Mustard Marinade
- ½ cup yellow mustard
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 8 slices bacon, cooked
- 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- parsley, for garnish (optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine mustard, honey, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Using a fork or small whisk, mix for about 30 seconds or until all ingredients are well combined. This will make about 1¼ cups of marinade.
- Place chicken breasts in a small baking dish. Pour about a cup of the marinade over the chicken, making sure all the chicken has been coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Chill the remaining marinade until later.
- When ready, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- To a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. When the oil is hot, sear the chicken in the pan for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. The chicken will not be completely cooked through at this point; you will be cooking it more in the oven.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Brush the tops of each seared chicken breast with a little of the reserved honey mustard marinade, being sure to save a little extra that you can serve on the side later with the dish.
- Add two pieces of cooked bacon on top of each chicken breast. Then, add ½ cup of shredded cheese to each.
- Bake the chicken for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is thoroughly melted and chicken juices run clear. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve chicken garnished with parsley and with a small bowl of extra honey mustard marinade.
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