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Malibu Chicken Recipe (Sizzler Copycat)

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This Malibu Chicken Recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner! Chicken breast is dipped in butter, coated in Italian breadcrumbs, and topped with ham and Swiss cheese for a delicious and simple dinner idea! 

Malibu Chicken copycat recipe on white plate

Ya’ll. My husband LOVES this chicken. My parents hop down to our neck of the woods occasionally and insist we visit Sizzler. It is one of my mom’s faves and she always orders the same thing.

Malibu chicken.

My husband jumped on the bandwagon and has started doing the same. He says there is something delicious about the breaded baked chicken breast paired with the ham and Swiss cheese.

And let’s not even get started about the mustard dipping sauce… It is overall just an easy go-to weeknight dinner.

Recipe Features:

  • Quick and Easy: This is the PERFECT weeknight dinner recipe. It all comes together in under an hour.
  • Better than Sizzler Malibu Chicken Copycat Recipe: Bold statement, but true! We have made this dozens of times for friends and family and they all agree!
Chicken breaded and ready to bake on oven safe tray

What You’ll Need:

The list below is a quick overview of the ingredients you need to make Malibu Chicken at home. Full measurements and ingredient list can be found in the printable recipe card below.

  • Chicken: Specifically, chicken breasts. Sliced or pounded to even thickness.
  • Dijon Mustard: Seems weird, but I promise this makes the dish!
  • Butter: Since we aren’t baking, I suggest sticking with salted.
  • Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs: For the outer crispy coating.
  • Grated Parmesan: I have made this with both shredded and grated Parm. The grated (found in a little shaker bottle) sticks to the chicken much better and gives you an incredible flavor.
Quick Malibu Chicken Recipe

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Place an oven safe rack inside the tray on top of the cookie sheet. Set aside.
  2. Slice the chicken in half lengthwise giving you two thin chicken pieces, or pound to even thickness. 
  3. Whisk together the butter and 2 tablespoons of Dijon in a shallow bowl. 
  4. Whisk together the Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a separate shallow bowl.
  5. Dip your chicken into the butter mixture followed by the breadcrumbs. Make sure to coat evenly.
  6. Transfer to your prepared cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  7. Flip halfway through for even cooking.
  8. Top the chicken with a slice of ham followed by a slice of cheese. Bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
Easy Malibu Chicken Recipe

What is Malibu chicken?

Malibu chicken is a dish made incredibly popular by the restaurant chain Sizzler. It consists of a breaded and baked chicken breast, topped with a slice of ham and Swiss cheese, and served with a mustard dipping sauce. Almost reminds me of a simplified version of Chicken Cordon Bleu.

How do you get crispy chicken in the oven?

THIS question is one that we have worked tirelessly to find the answer to. The one complaint about breaded baked chicken was always that it lacked a crisp exterior. Following the tips below you should be able to get a crisp exterior to your oven baked chicken!

  1. We have an oven safe cooling rack (affiliate) we sit in a foil lined baking tray.
  2. Give it a good mist of non-stick spray and set your chicken directly on top.
  3. Bake as directed, turning the chicken once halfway through.

So, what does the cooling rack accomplish exactly? When you have the height of a cooling rack, air circulates and the bottom of your chicken does not get soggy from absorbing  steam. This keeps your chicken bottom from becoming overly saturated and wet.

The best part? Cooling racks (affiliate) are fairly inexpensive. That means you can have crispier chicken for minimal cost!

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Malibu Chicken Recipe (Sizzler Copycat)

Malibu Chicken Recipe (Sizzler Copycat)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Malibu Chicken Recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner! Chicken breast is dipped in butter, coated in Italian breadcrumbs, and topped with ham and Swiss cheese for a delicious and simple dinner idea! 

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 pieces of sliced ham
  • 6 pieces of Swiss cheese

For the dipping sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

For the chicken

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Place an oven safe rack inside your tray on top of the cookie sheet. Set aside.
  2. Slice your chicken in half lengthwise giving you two thin chicken pieces. 
  3. Whisk together the butter and 2 tablespoons of Dijon in a shallow bowl. 
  4. Whisk together the Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a separate shallow bowl. 
  5. Dip your chicken into the butter mixture followed by the breadcrumbs. Make sure to coat evenly. 
  6. Transfer to your prepared cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Flip halfway through for even cooking.
  7. Top the chicken with a slice of ham followed by a slice of cheese. Bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

For the dipping sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small bowl. Mix until combined. Serve with the chicken.

Notes

We often make this chicken without the ham and cheese. It is a great quick dinner. The Dijon gives the chicken a burst of flavor. 

*Calorie count is based on chicken only. NOT the sauce.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336
Malibu Chicken Copycat Recipe - Easy and full of flavor. This has become a staple in our home!

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jj

Thursday 24th of September 2020

can't you get a recipe app that allows for printing in a more compact form? this recipe should not take 6-8 pages to print

Jesseca

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I'm always open to suggestions, however please consider requesting in a more positive way. It was printing in 4 pages due to the images in the recipe instructions, not 6. I removed the images to make it 2 pages. However, I get many many requests for the step by step photos in instructions. I cannot please everyone and appreciate any patience and kindness you have to offer.

Allison

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Delicious! Made exactly as indicated in the recipe. The breading on the chicken still came out a bit soggy for me, but still better than other chicken I've baked...so the tip to use the baking rack will definitely be my new go-to method. All came together very easy and quick. Had to limit myself on the dipping sauce because I could drown everything in that...so good! Thank you!

Chris H

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Try using an oven safe cooling rack on your baking sheet with some foil under it so it doesn't come out soggy. Spray the rack with cooking spray or lightly oil it first. Applies to Shake n Bake or any baked breaded meats as well.

Jesseca

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Thanks for taking the tie to comment, Allison! I'm glad you liked it.

Jacey

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Easy and tasty dinner. We doulbed the dipping sauce and cooked the chicken stovetop because it was easier.

Jesseca

Monday 25th of February 2019

Cooking stove top is a good substitution. I'm guessing you got a nice crisp chicken breast!

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