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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Aussie Chicken

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
bacon
cheddar cheese
provolone cheese
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 ...

Fry up the bacon til crispy.  Drain on some papertowle, paper bags, whatever makes you happy, just drain it! DO NOT DRAIN THE BACON FAT!



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.

BACON

CHEDDAR CHEESE

 SHROOMS

HALF SLICE PROVOLONE CHEESE


Bake at 350 (or if you are adventurous and REALLY watching things, BROIL) til the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Remove from oven, carefully dish up and serve with a side veggie (I opted to do spicy green beans) and serve.


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!

I wanted shrooms on the ones for me and Hubby so I dug around in the pantry and came out with these in hand


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!


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15 comments:

  1. Gotta try this! Sounds super yummy!! Pinning.

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  2. Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try this! Visiting from Country Momma Cooks!

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  3. Very frugal of you to use the bacon fat to cook the chicken! I like to see that.
    Thanks for linking up--this looks so, so good!

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    1. Really gave the chicken a nice flavor without having to bread it and such :)

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  4. You've been features at Wednesday Whatsits! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/06/wednesday-whatsits-13.html

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    1. Yeah Julie! Thank you! And it is ok to skip the mushrooms!

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  5. That looks delicious! And as you said, *anything* made at home usually qualifies as thrifty compared to a restaurant meal... and is usually much healthier too!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Thrifty Thursday!

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  6. This looks SO good! Our mom used to make a recipe kind of like this, but this actually looks better! (But we won't tell her that) Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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    1. giggle...no do not tell mom that :) But I take the compliment! Thank you!

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  7. Bacon, cheese, mushrooms... oh yeah and some healthy chicken. Sounds like it would go over well in my house. Please share this on my foodie friday party today.

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  8. This chicken recipe looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

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  9. This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found you via Melt in Your Mouth Monday.

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  10. Used this recipe for this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge. Loved it!

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