I recently came across some recipes for Monterey chicken on Pinterest and it looked so good that I had to try it! I can’t say that I have ever been to a Chili’s Restaurant and apparently this is a copycat recipe for Chili’s Monterey chicken. You really just can’t go wrong with pan seared chicken smothered in BBQ sauce and melted cheese with a sprinkling of bacon and fresh diced tomatoes and it was only natural that I had to try to make it myself! This recipe is super easy! You simply cook the chicken in a pan, add some BBQ sauce, along with some chicken broth to get a nice sauce, before sprinkling on the cheese and transferring to the oven to bake until the cheese has melted! Once it’s done you add the bacon and fresh tomatoes and you have a tasty meal in less than 30 minutes, which is plenty of time to steam a veggie (or make a salad) and cook some rice or pasta!
Pan seared chicken smothered in BQQ sauce and topped with melted cheese, bacon, and tomatoes!
- 4 strips bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breast (or thighs), pounded thin (or butterflied)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup tomatoes, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy before setting aside and draining off most of the grease, saving only enough to cook the chicken in.
- Add the chicken to the pan and cook until light lightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.
- Bast the chicken with the BBQ sauce and mixt the remaining sauce with the broth and pouring the mixture into the pan.
- Sprinkle on the cheese and bake in a pre-heated 400F/200C oven until the cheese has melted, about 5-10 minutes.
- Sprinkle on the bacon, tomatoes and green onions and enjoy by itself or served over pasta, rice, etc.
Option: Use Colby Jack cheese instead of the Monterrey jack and cheddar!
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Paige Cassandra Flamm says
This chicken looks amazing! We totally nee to add it to the menu plan for this week!
What did you season your chicken breast with before cooking? Almost looks like a blackened seasoning??
I like to use a cajun seasoning on the chicken!
Made this for supper last night and served it over rice. I diced the chicken and used Bullseye BBQ sauce. It was very tasty – I wouldn’t make any adjustments to the recipe. This is perfect for when you need a quick-prep meal during the week.
Richard Goldman says