Copy Cat Monterey Chicken

Evening friends! Tonight’s dinner was pretty delicious, if I do say so myself. I guess I always do that, huh? Well, this is a food blog afterall. It is and always will be about delicious tasting food! Tonight I recreated a dish that is at the popular dining institution Chili’s. There is a dish there called Montery Chicken. Basically, it is a chicken breast, covered with barbecue sauce ad topped with melted cheese and a bit of chopped bacon.

I thought I would try to make this at home for a controlled healthier dish. It was spot on! Full disclosure- I made this once before, but I totally forgot to add the bacon. It was still tasty, but just not what I had envisioned. Tonight it was spot on. I hope you guys get a chance to try this. Let me know what you think!

So cheap to make. I bought a bunch of chicken breasts on sale at Publix. I used the last bottle of Sticky Fingers (family favorite) bbq sauce, some bacon I got on sale at Publix (buy 2 get 1 free), and a few slices of Sargento mild cheddar cheese (also on sale). I served with a side of peas, mac and cheese, and salad for the adults. I just saved you guys like 8 bucks a plate! You are welcome!

Montery Chicken


3 chicken breasts- I butterfly them for a more even cooking temperature
Barbecue Sauce- varies- you are going to spread this on the top of the grilled chicken
4 strips bacon, cooked
3 pieces of mild cheddar (use what you have)
salt and pepper


Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken.
Grill your chicken. I used a cast iron grill pan.

Move your chicken to an oven safe pan (I used a corningware dish) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Spread barbecue sauce liberally on top of each piece of chicken.

Add your cooked bacon on top. I cooked my bacon on the cast iron grill pan as soon as my chicken was done. Less dishes that way.

Add your cheese on top. Add to a 350 oven to melt all the cheese. The chicken should be moist and cooked perfectly through. Serve with your favorite sides. Maybe you would like browned skillet potatoes (small potatoes cut in half cooked in bacon fat with a bit of butter and garlic) and your favorite veggie.