Lightly Smothered Chicken

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

I originally made this post way back in 2011. It is still one of my most popular posts and decided a few months ago it was time to update the pictures.

So I quietly updated and left it at that. Well, now I’m short on content and I need a new post for tomorrow so now I’m resharing this beauty of a recipe!

It’s so hearty and delicious AND it’s actually good for you!

Don’t you hate when you “think” something is going to be good for you and then you look and it’s like 1 million calories and 300008495 grams of fat and carbs? Ugh. The worst.

The other day I was looking at the nutritional facts for a salad at a chain restaurant and this SALAD had over 100 grams of fat. I can’t.

If you’re not up on how many grams of fat you should eat a day just know 100 is gross.

Well, unless you’re a keto person and in that case, we’ll just disagree so let’s just leave it at that.

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

If you’re wondering why I’m short on content it’s because of two things:

  1. procrastination
  2. family emergency

I have a lot of great ideas coming up for the next few months and have been slowly working on coming up the recipes and trying to really create a great story with my photography.

Well, I’ve been slower than usual lately so assumed I had time to get some work done this week before Friday.

Unfortunately, my dad’s body had other plans. It decided to get a DVT and a pulmonary embolism in both lungs.

Note to self: when your parent is diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism don’t then google it and read stories about how horribly deadly they are. I’m starting to think Google should just block all my medical questions.

So anyway, after I found out about my dad I booked a flight back to Ohio and figured I would figure out work later. Well, part of my figuring out my work later was figuring out I could share this updated post and bring it some new love and light.

It actually used to be one of my most popular posts but has slowly started to fade.

I mean, I’m not sure why because this chicken is BALLER! It’s a perfect use for leftover grilled chicken and then you just slather it with homemade honey mustard, top with veggies and a little cheese and bake.

It’s hearty deliciousness all wrapped up into one little 8×8 pan.

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

Oh, and back to my dad real quick – he should be ok.

He has been on heparin for days now and we are hoping he’ll get to come home in a few days. The doctor mentioned they might have to do surgery but we’re hoping that doesn’t seem necessary.

Fingers crossed for us!

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

Love this Lightly Smothered Chicken?

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Lightly Smothered Chicken

This lightly smothered chicken is drizzled with homemade honey mustard and then covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes per batch

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, grilled or pan sauteed 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add green peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Saute until soft and then add garlic, oregano and salt and pepper. Stir together and set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together Dijon mustard and honey.

In an 8x8 pan add the prepared grilled chicken and slather chicken evenly with honey dijon mustard mixture.

Cover the chicken with the prepared vegetables and sprinkle the top with cheese.

Add the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Note: This recipe is great for using leftover grilled chicken or chicken you have grilled earlier in the day. If you don't want to grill your chicken simply season it with salt and pepper and cook in a pan before you cook the vegetables.

This lightly smothered chicken is smothered with honey mustard, onions, peppers, mushrooms and just a little cheese. Perfect for your healthy diet but still packed with delicious flavor!

Original post pictures:

Lightly Smothered Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

Lightly Smothered Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

60 Responses to “Lightly Smothered Chicken”

  1. #
    Veronica — January 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You go girl! This looks so delicious, who needs the restaurant’s fattening version? So how many points was yours and did you love it?

  2. #
    Blond Duck — January 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve never had this at outback, but I really want to make it. Since Ben’s allergic to mushrooms, could artichokes work?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

      I think artichokes would be awesome! You just gave me a great idea…… 🙂

  3. #
    Sue — January 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This looks delicious! No deprivation here:)

  4. #
    acanadianfoodie — January 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Great ingenuity! Would you believe we have the Outback here, in Edmonton, too! I don’t go very often at all… so don’t know the dish – but would love to visit Alice Springs! Your dish looks light and lively and lovely! Kudos to you for your recipe development and satisfying your cravings in a healthy manner.

  5. #
    Dana - Food for Thought — January 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Sounds so delicious! i love lightened up versions of bad for you foods!

  6. #
    Amanda — January 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I would love to try this. There’s no way I could get 90% of my family to try it between the onions and the green peppers bit I would LOVE it. maybe I’ll slim it down to one serving and have it for lunch one day!

  7. #
    Jen_from_NJ — January 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Great job on your lightened up version! Looks great!

  8. #
    Joanne — January 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Love it! It’s amazing just how bad restaurant food is for you…even a healthier option with chicken! You did an awesome job recreating this and I love that you bulked it up with some veggies!

  9. #
    Faith — January 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Love how this is lightly smothered — healthy & delicious! 🙂

  10. #
    rebecca — January 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    wow lovely recipe no wonder you were craving it, hope you try the halibut recipe u will love it

  11. #
    Reeni — January 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love recreating my favorite restaurant meals! This looks incredibly good! Excellent work lightening it up.

  12. #
    Barbara — January 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Yikes! That’s a lot of points. Good for you for recreating the dish at home in a much healthier version. And I love the new name…lightly smothered.

  13. #
    Fancy Pancakes — January 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I would LOVE more healthy food tips!
    You are also tempting me to join Weight Watchers so I can finally drop my last ten pregnancy pounds and fit into my pants…
    I’m impressed with how often you are blogging. Keep up the good work!

  14. #
    Jennifer H — January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    This looks really flavorful and healthy. I will definitely try this since I am looking for more healthy recipe options for dinner.

  15. #
    5 Star Foodie — January 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    A wonderfully flavorful preparation of chicken, need to make this for my daughter!

  16. #
    Cakelaw — January 19, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Hey, this sounds great! Mustard and chicken is a fab combination. I am from Oz and I have never heard of Alice Springs Chicken – te he, you learn something new every day.

  17. #
    FramedCooks — January 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

    WW – you are SO good! And this dish looks pretty awesome too. Good and good for you, what could be better? 🙂

  18. #
    grace — January 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

    can something be lightly smothered? when i think of smothering, i think of full-on drowning. 🙂 regardless, this is an awesome dish, especially since it’s inspired by one of my all-time favorite restaurant meals!

  19. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — January 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Your version definitely sounds healthier and looks wonderful. I like all the sauteed green peppers and mushrooms in there.

  20. #
    Jessica — January 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Mmm, this looks so good, I might have to try it! I love making “lighter recipes” from restaurants!

  21. #
    The Food Hunter — January 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Great idea you have with this one.

  22. #
    PattyM — January 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    This looks really good, and since my son is trying to eat healthier, I think I’ll make it for him and see what he thinks!

  23. #
    Leslie @ Body Won't Break — January 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight with a few modifications, and it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. #
    julie — March 25, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I made this tonight but cubed the breasts and put everything except mustard and cheese in a skillet. When most of the liquid was cooked off, I stirred in the mustard and sprinkled on the cheese. Yummy!!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 9:08 am

      Julie: I’m glad you liked it! Thank you for letting me know 😉

  25. #
    Kaitlyn — April 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    This was awesome! I followed the recipe except I used pizza cheese and it was super stringy and amazing! (yeah I know its not as healthy) Very simple and easy! Will definitely make again!

  26. #
    Deb — June 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This looks so good. I am going to give it a try tonight.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 9th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      I hope you liked the dish!

  27. #
    Sherry in Union, KY — July 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I had leftover grilled chicken so this turned into a quick meal. I suggest skipping the Dijon mustard and using chicken that has been grilled with your favorite spice blend. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. #
    Kim — July 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    This looks yummy! What sides would you suggest to go with it?

  29. #
    nicole — August 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    This dish is wonderful! I made it last night for company and it was a hit. It’s like a chicken philly without the bread! I would say if you want to be healthy make as is, if you don’t mind some carbs it would probably be soo good on a hoagie roll with some mayo! Def worth making, thanks for posting!

  30. #
    Tabitha Shadle — August 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I was just put on a low-carb diet by my doctor, which means my whole family is going low-carb, so I have been searching Pinterest to find recipes the entire family will enjoy (including two picky children), this recipe seemed like it would fit the bill , and it did! It was so good. My daughter looked at me and said, ‘Is there mustard on this?’ I worried at that moment that she would hate it, but she loved it! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thanks!

  31. #
    Jessica — August 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Do you know what the nutrition facts for this is?

  32. #
    Betty — October 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Saw this on Pinterest and put in food board. Its been on my mind to make for a week. Made it and even the hubby likes it! Total keeper!! Thanks a bunch!

  33. #
    Brittany — October 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Made this tonight. This was a hit with my husband. Tweaked it a bit but it was soooo good. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  34. #
    Erica — September 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This is amazing – my husband loves it! I do not add the mustard as we are not fans but keep everything else. Definitely will be in our dinner rotation.

  35. #
    Liz — January 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This was quite good but it needed a sauce of sorts, any ideas.

  36. #
    Miranda — September 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Any thoughts of cooking chicken from frozen in the oven and then when to add the veggies?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

      Hi Miranda! I have never personally done this BUT I have heard it’s safe to cook chicken from frozen you just want to add about 50% longer cooking time for the chicken. So I would add that extra time, then throw in the sauce and veggies and continue cooking until fully done. Hope this helps!

  37. #
    Marci P. — March 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Really good. I served my husband this dish over spaghetti and served to myself over zucchini noodles since I am trying to watch carbs. Since everything is cooked, you could assemble ahead and pop in the oven later. Thanks, Marci in Houston

  38. #
    Amanda — March 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    This is such a fabulous meal!! Love that it’s low-carb 🙂

  39. #
    Katerina @ diethood .com — March 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    This is my kind of dish!! It looks and sounds faaaantastic!!

  40. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Sounds like a great weeknight meal!

  41. #
    Megan — March 18, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    This is an amazing looking 1 pan meal – easy peasy. I need a meal to bring a family who just had a baby and this would be a big hit too!

  42. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — March 19, 2018 at 1:51 am

    That looks wonderful, love the flavors!

  43. #
    Krista — March 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I love everything in this! So many veggies that i could dive into my computer!

  44. #
    Jacque Hastert — March 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I am loving this recipe! All those veggies make this a healthy colorful dinner.

  45. #
    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity — March 21, 2018 at 8:50 am

    This looks really flavorful! Will quickly become a family favorite!

  46. #
    Billy — April 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I cannot wait to try this the next time I head to the grocery store. The ingredients make this dish sound so great. Love the dijon mustard added too! So excited to give this a go!

  47. #
    Abby — April 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    A whole family hit! The only change I made was using an Italian herb blend instead of just oregano. Served with rice and 2 little boys (ages 2 and 6) are it up. I will certainly be using this recipe again.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 30th, 2018 @ 8:52 pm

      Hi Abby! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message. I’m so happy the whole family enjoyed the meal!

  48. #
    Effie — May 24, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Made this for lunch today. Really easy , moist & delicious! Yum!

  49. #
    Tanikqua — September 18, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    It looked and smelled good until I added the Oregano 🙁

    • nutmegnanny replied: — October 29th, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

      If you’re not a fan of oregano you can try basil or thyme.


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