Princess was home this past Sunday all day long, which is highly unusual. Usually, she works the opening shift at one location (7am) and then works the closing shift at another location (11pm). Yes, she works hard.
So Hubby, being the kind and compassionate guy that he CAN be, requested we do something special for dinner ... that sounded like a GREAT plan. But first, I had to do a run to my dad's, Costco and a few other places. And of course, it IS Sunday, and not raining, so I wanted to get a little pool time in ... and I was thinking Chicken Picatta ... she loves that stuff.
But then, the floating in the pool, the ice cold beer, Princess had her best friend over, who created these totally awesome cilantro margaritas (I did NOT partake, just sipped), the music, time just got away from us ... so I decided to make Alice Springs/Aussie Style Chicken instead. Easy. Using what I had on hand, here's how I did it ... a very loose recipe, you might say :)
boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterfly (slice in half) to make them thinner
mushrooms (optional, I used a small can of shrooms)
honey mustard dressing
Mrs. Dash (original, or any other seasoned salt you have on hand)
It should be noted that I would normally MAKE the honey mustard dressing, but time was short, I was a little buzzy and heck, it was about enjoying the day, so I used this instead
Here's what you need to do ...
While that's cooking, sprinkle the chicken with seasoning, both sides.
Add chicken to the pan that you cooked the bacon in and cook chicken over medium heat, flipping when one side is golden. Cook til no longer pink inside ... remove to plate and keep warm while you finish cooking all of it.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil. This is totally optional but you will see why I suggest it at the end of the post!
Squirt the cooked chicken with a little (or a lot) of the honey mustard dressing, and brush it all over the top side only.
We have SO many basting brushes that Hubby has gotten for free over the years!
Move the chicken to the baking sheet and place a layer of bacon, the shredded cheddar cheese, the shrooms and then top with half a slice of provolone.
HALF SLICE PROVOLONE CHEESE
Bake at 350 (or if you are adventurous and REALLY watching things, BROIL) til the cheese is bubbly and melted.
The girls woofed it down, while wrapped up the towels on the patio. It was truly a beautiful day, weather wise, and even at 7pm, no one wanted to end the day just yet.
Would this be considered a FRUGAL meal? Yes, IF you have the basic ingredients on hand. I almost ALWAYS have bacon and chicken breast on hand ... and I opted to do the cheddar and provolone as that's what I had ... not the typical colby and jack cheese mix. And of course, ANY TIME you cook at home instead of going out, it's FRUGAL!
Clean up was really easy ... all I really had to deal with was the frying pan ...
Pull off the foil and ....
a CLEAN pan! I do NOT endorse cheap/thin tin foil for this reason!
Tossed in a jar of salad for me on the side and whoopee ... I was one HAPPY camper for a Sunday dinner!