Alice Springs Chicken Casserole
My brother-in-law Kelly’s version of Alice Springs Chicken from Outback Steakhouse inspired this Alice Springs Chicken Casserole. If you make your own sauce (or find a purchased sauce that’s not too high in carbs) this recipe is low-carb, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use Casserole Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
At Outback Steak House there’s a dish called Alice Springs Chicken, made of chicken breasts topped with bacon, mushrooms, cheese and a creamy sauce. My brother-in-law Kelly re-created it back on 2006, and I used his version as the inspiration for Alice Springs Chicken Casserole in the early days of my blog.The casserole is definitely is a delicious combination of flavors, but my food preferences have changed since then, and now I wouldn’t normally make a casserole that uses bottled Alfredo sauce. But the recipe has quite a few fans, and the original photo was pretty horrible, so recently I re-did this recipe with new photos, making a smaller version of the recipe that’s a bit lighter than the one my brother-in-law came up with.
If bottled Alfredo sauce is a deal-breaker for you, I think it would be fun to try this with my friend Kim’s Creamy Low-Carb Alfredo Sauce or Creamy Cauliflower Sauce, using one of those low-carb sauce choices would also make this gluten-free. If anyone tries that option, I’d love to hear how it works!
(Alice Springs Chicken Casserole was updated to a smaller and lighter version with better photos and step-by-step instructions, March 2014.)
Trim four chicken breasts and cut each in half lengthwise. Cook the chicken in barely-simmering stock with a few herbs added until chicken is cooked through. Let cool. When it’s cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks and layer in the bottom of a 12 cup casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray. (I used my favorite Anchor Hocking 12 Cup Bake and Store Casserole Dish.)
While the chicken cooks, wash mushrooms, thickly slice, and saute in a tiny amount of olive oil until the mushrooms are browned. Layer the mushrooms over the chicken. I used 4 oz. of lean ham, but chopped Canadian bacon would also be good here. Saute the ham until it’s slightly browned to bring out the flavor, then layer that over the mushrooms. I mixed a little sour cream with the Alfredo Sauce. (Look for the lowest-carb Alfredo sauce you can find; some are much lower than others, or use one of the low-carb options to make your own sauce.) Pour the sauce over the chicken, mushrooms, and ham.
Sprinkle with grated Mozzarella and three-cheese blend, or whatever cheese you prefer. Bake about 20 minutes covered, or until the cheese is mostly melted. Uncover and bake about 20-25 minutes more, or until the top is nicely browned. Serve hot.
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Alice Springs Chicken Casserole
My brother-in-law Kelly’s version of Alice Springs Chicken from Outback Steakhouse inspired this Alice Springs Chicken Casserole.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- stock or water for cooking chicken, enough to cover (I used water with some Better than Bouillon Organic Low-Sodium Chicken Base.)
- 1/4 tsp. dried sage (for cooking chicken)
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme (for cooking chicken)
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder (for cooking chicken)
- 1 pound brown mushrooms, washed and thickly sliced
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 4 oz. lean ham or Canadian Bacon, diced small
- 1 jar (14 – 15 oz.) Alfredo sauce (Check labels and use the sauce with the lowest carbs you can find, or see notes for some options to make your own low-carb sauce.)
- 1/4 cup sour cream (not needed if you make your own sauce)
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Four-Cheese Mexican blend
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray three-quart casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I used my favorite Anchor Hocking 12 Cup Bake and Store Casserole Dish.)
- Cook chicken breasts in barely simmering stock (or water with chicken soup base) plus thyme, sage and onion powder until chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Let chicken cool, then pull apart into bite sized pieces and layer in bottom of casserole dish.
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and saute mushrooms until all water has been released and mushrooms are lightly browned, then layer mushrooms on top of chicken.
- In same frying pan, saute diced lean ham or Canadian bacon a few minutes, just to release flavor and slightly crisp it. Layer Canadian Bacon on top of mushrooms.
- Whisk together the Alfredo Sauce and sour cream, then pour sauce over the mixture in casserole dish, letting sauce run down to bottom of pan. Sprinkle over the Mozzarella and Four-Cheese Mexican Blend.
- Cover with the lid (or foil if your casserole dish doesn’t have a lid) and bake about 20 minutes, until the cheese is mostly melted. Uncover, and bake another 20-25 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned and casserole is bubbly.
- Serve hot. This freezes well and can be reheated in a microwave or in a pan on the stove.
Recipe inspired by a version of Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken created by my brother-in-law Kelly.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even if you use the lowest carb Alfredo sauce you can find, reduced-fat cheese, and lean ham, this is definitely a “once-in-a-while-treat” for the South Beach Diet. Most bottled Alfredo sauce has flour or cornstarch, although in small amounts, so this is probably best for Phase 2 or 3 if you’re actively trying to lose weight. Check the carb count on the Alfredo Sauce if you’re following any type of low-carb diet, or use Creamy Low-Carb Alfredo Sauce or Creamy Cauliflower Sauce to make your own sauce for a dish that’s truly low in carbs.
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