Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Fried chicken smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with melted cheese, bacon and tomatoes!

I recently came across some Monterey chicken recipes on Pinterest and it looked so good that I had to try it! I can’t say that I’ve ever been to a chili restaurant and apparently it’s an imitation Monterey Chicken Chili recipe. You really can’t go wrong with chicken fried in a skillet, smothered in barbecue sauce and melted cheese with a sprinkle 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 a little barbecue sauce and a little chicken broth for a nice Sauce before sprinkling the cheese and putting it in the oven until the cheese is melted! When finished, add the bacon and fresh tomatoes and you will have a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes, which takes a long time to steam a vegetable (or a salad) and cook rice or pasta!

Monterey Chicken
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Total Duration: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4


4 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Pound Boneless chicken breasts (or thighs), with skin, finely overcome (or buttered)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 Cup Barbecue Sauce
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup diced tomatoes
2 green onions, sliced


Cook the bacon in a pan until crispy before setting it aside and draining most of the fat.

Add the chicken to the pan and cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
Release the chicken with the Barbecue Sauce and mix the rest of the Sauce with the broth and pour the mixture into the pan.

Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven at 400F/200C for about 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Sprinkle with bacon, tomatoes and green onions and enjoy plain or serve over pasta, rice, etc.

Option: Season the chicken with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning. I like to add a pinch of Paprika to the salt and pepper, or just use taco or Cajun seasonings.

Option: Use Colby Jack cheese instead of Monterrey Jack and Cheddar!
Nutritional information: calories 436, fat 24 g (saturated 10 g, Trans 0), cholesterol 131 mg, Sodium 723 mg, Carbohydrates 13 g (Fiber 0.8 g, sugar 9 g), protein 38 g

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