My husband loves anything slathered in BBQ. When I told him I was going to make my own version of Outback’s Alice Springs Chicken – kind of a mix between that and a Monterrey Chicken his eyes lit up. BBQ chicken is a grilling staple but if you want to step it up a notch, you’ll want to give this recipe for a whirl!
The difference in their version and my version is that I left off several ingredients and only added the ones my husband actually likes. So, you won’t find any tomatoes in this recipe. You can add them if you like but in my house it is just a cheesy, meaty, BBQ-fest known as “Smokehouse Chicken.”
:: Smokehouse Chicken
(Quick Warm Apple Sauce Recipe Follows)
2 boneless chicken breasts (I prefer humanely raised and/or organic)
BBQ sauce (I used a sweet sauce without HFCS)
4 slices of bacon precooked
shredded Cheddar Cheese
I cut my chicken breasts in half (thickness-wise) to make them thinner. It makes the meat go further (the pieces are way to big) and it also makes it cook quicker.
I cooked all 4 pieces of chicken on the grill. You can also cook it on a griddle/flat top grill.
Once the chicken is completely done, remove it and place it on a baking sheet covered in foil (for easy clean-up). Spread a generous spoonful of BBQ on each piece of chicken. Sprinkle a handful of cheese over the sauce and then sprinkle a piece of bacon (cut or crumbled into small bacon bit sized pieces) over the cheese.
Place into a (preheated) 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes (just long enough to melt the cheese). Top with fresh scallions before serving. Serve with your favorite side dishes. (BBQ pairs well with sweet potatoes).
I also made a quick warm apple sauce to go with it. I just put a pint of my home-canned apple sauce into a small sauce pan (you could use any store brand apple sauce as well – organic is better since apples are on the dirty dozen list). I added a spoonful of sugar and a Tbsp of cinnamon into the pan. Warm the apple sauce for a delicious treat the kids AND adults will love. (: