Chili’s Monterey Chicken w/ Barbecue Sauce, Bacon and Cheese

Monterey chicken is a Chili’s copycat recipe with barbecue sauce, monterey jack cheese, fresh tomatoes and applewood smoked bacon. The combination is outrageously good paired with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Smoky, sweet and altogether delicious.

I love when a bunch of simple ingredients can be brought easily and quickly together to make an impressive meal. I happen to think this is better than any chicken you can get dining at a restaurant chain! That’s just me.

I’m a big fan of home-cooking where you control the quality of the ingredients and can change things how you see fit to suit your own personal preferences. As for me? I like extra cheese and bacon.

I never ate this at Chili’s so if you give it a try let me know how close I am to the original. Or how not close. . .

Chili's Monterey Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 - 4 servings

Chili's Monterey Chicken

Monterey chicken is a Chili's copycat recipe with barbecue sauce, monterey jack cheese, fresh tomatoes and applewood smoked bacon.


3 - 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 + 1/3 cups shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
3 - 4 slices cooked applewood smoked bacon


  1. An hour or two before cooking pound out the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap using a meat mallet or a skillet to an even thickness. Season with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl - cover with barbecue sauce and marinate in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the chicken until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 - 175 degrees F.
  3. Remove the chicken from the oven, turn on the broiler and sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted about 2 minutes - checking on it every 30 seconds.
  4. To serve garnish the chicken with the tomatoes and bacon (you can crumble it or leave it in big pieces).


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