Monterey Chicken

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I love when you are cruising Pinterest and you see recipes that say, “This will change your life!!” or “You will fall on the floor dead because this tastes so amazing!” or “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR this OMG chicken is OMG!!” Or this recipe said, “This recipe came from Chili’s itself!  I asked the manager and this is what he told me!”  These make me laugh!  And I can’t promise that these things will happen when you eat this chicken, but this chicken was so delicious that we couldn’t get enough.  Even after we were stuffed full of this amazing chicken, me and the hubby split the last one!  And I am not sure if this tastes like Chili’s, but it makes me want to order it next time it was good.  The sauce that it marinates in is SO good… and then topped with Applewood Smoked bacon and smothered in cheese… OMG THIS CHICKEN WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!  Haha just kidding.  But you should definitely give this recipe a try!  

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 3 stars
Things that I changed: I forgot to add the barbecue sauce!  That would have taken to a whole different level.  Still so amazing though!!
Things that I would do differently next time: This chicken can be grilled or baked.  Since it is snowing right now, I baked it.  I can’t wait to wrap this in bacon and grill it this summer!
Will I make it again?  Yes!  This recipe made me want to invite friends and family over just so they could experience this too!

3 Tablespoons Honey
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1 cup shredded monterey Jack Cheese
8 slices apple-smoked bacon
8 tablespoons barbecue sauce

1. Mix the honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and salt together.  I cut my chicken breasts in half making them tenders.  Marinate your chicken breasts in this sauce for at least an hour but can be marinated overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  I poured a little of the sauce along the bottom of the pan and placed the chicken on top.  I covered with aluminum foil and cooked for about 30 minutes.  Make sure center is no longer pink and juices run clear.
3. While chicken is cooking, fry up the bacon and set aside.
4.  When chicken is cooked, spread with barbecue sauce (I can’t believe I forgot the BBQ sauce!), top with bacon and cheese.  Broil until cheese is bubbly.  Enjoy!!


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  1. These look amazing! Chicken, cheese and bacon all in one? Yes, please.

  2. We love your recipe for Monterey Chicken! It looks so delicious! -The Six Sisters

  3. What kind of bbq sauce is best?

  4. This is very, very good. We had it for dinner tonight and my family said it was the best chicken I’d ever made.

  5. This is tonight’s dinner! My kids love Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce too. My chicken breasts are already cooked (from freezer), so I am going to let it marinate all afternoon…hope that works!

  6. Made this tonight! I had to force my daughter to try it and she says “Hey, this is good!” Thanks for sharing, we’ll definitely be making it again!! 🙂

  7. Made this last night for my family and it was a big hit! Nice and easy too! My husband even brought the leftovers to work today for lunch!

  8. We loved this so much I am adding it to my monthly menu. Se delicious & easy to make. i served it with mashed potatoes & a salad.

  9. I’m so happy to have found this recipe. This is always my “go to” at Chili’s. Thanks for sharing.

  10. we love love loved this. We have made this four times now. The flavors are awesome. I served it with a salad and mashed potatoes.

  11. Heather Fletcher says:

    This reminds me of Cracker Barrel’s smothered chicken. They use their chicken tenders, top with Colby cheese and then layer their thick bacon on top. I fell in love!

  12. ok so when do you put bbq sauce!before cheese or after please email me re tell me with bbq sauces in there lol

  13. We made this tonight and it was hit. We totally inhaled it! There was only three of us so there is a little left over for two lunches. We served it over rice and the little bit of sauce on the bottom of the baking was great to add on top. Yum! Thank you!

  14. I made this last night- I double the recipe and so glad I did… This will be made again soon 🙂

  15. What kind of minced garlic? Did you buy clove garlic and cut it up or did you use the wet miced garlic already in the small glass jar?

  16. Or did you use dry cormick minced garlic in the plastic jar? I want to make it for dinner tonight but don’t know what to use..

  17. Just a technical comment……Am I missing the “Print” or “Printer Friendly” button? It would be great to be able to just print the recipe and not multiple pages of the blog. Thanks 🙂

    • Sorry about that! When I switched over to wordpress, all of my old recipes don’t have them. I have to go back to every one and add it. 🙂

  18. I’ve got my chicken marinating right now. It’ll sit overnight and this will be Sunday dinner. Thanks for this recipe. I can’t wait to taste this!

  19. made this for dinner tonight. It was awesome!!
    I added some sharp cheddar cheese, (not much) on top of the monterey jack
    We will definitely make it again

  20. Heater Fletcher says:

    I made this tonight and it was soooo good!!! I also used a broiler for the first time too. This is a keeper for sure!

  21. Where do you find “Apple-Smoked Bacon”? I have never seen it or tasted it.


  23. Robert Morrow says:

    Look Delicious and will give a good try. The only change, I favor Chicken Thighs for their increased flavor. So will remove the thigh bone and use the recipe. Thanks. Chef Robert retired.

  24. It says it’s a slow cooker recipe. But it’s not you need to change your search heading. I’m gonna make it in oven. With no bq sauce

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