Chili’s Monterey Chicken has been discontinued from their menu, but you can make it at home with this copycat recipe. It’s delicious and full of flavor that the whole family will enjoy!
There are a few things you should know about my husband and I. To start; I would hardly call myself a great cook. I wish I were the type who had a can of something and a bottle of something else and could transform two common ingredients into a world class five star meal. However, that’s not my life, and my cooking is mediocre at best and meals have to be easy with minimal ingredients and steps, or I will likely screw it up.
To complicate matters my husband and I are on complete opposites ends of the spectrum when it comes to our eating habits. I eat relatively healthy, and he eats pretty awful, no offense Chad. Finding meals we can have together has presented a challenge since I also do not eat beef or pork and neither of us eats seafood. The only type of meals we eat together is chicken or pasta which causes us to eat separate meals throughout the week. Needless to say, when we find a meal we both enjoy, I make a mental note, and one was noted for the Monterey Chicken.
One of my husband’s favorite restaurant is Chili’s. In College, we would eat there A LOT and while they make a delicious fajita, sometimes my taste buds want something with less sodium and more flavor. My husband loves their Monterey Chicken and who can blame him? It has everything that is right in the food world.BBQ- Check, Bacon- Check, and Cheese- Check. Oh wait, I don’t eat bacon, but still it has a lot of deliciousness on a chicken breast. When I saw a copycat of Chili’s Monterey Chicken, I knew I had to make it and see if it could stack up to the dining establishment. Our last few experiences visiting Chili’s had been less than stellar, and I felt confident I would be able to deliver a delicious meal without screwing up the order or forgetting about us. Unfortunately, this happened to us the last time we dined at Chili’s.
Overall, this meal is simple to make and full of flavor. My husband is a picky eater, so I had to alter his chicken to avoid the vegetables, but we both agreed the meal is worth making again. For this meal, I made the serving size four but usually, I cut it in half.
Chili’s Monterey Chicken
- Four boneless thin cut chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (Be sure to read labels and exclude brands which list high fructose corn syrup. I used Famous Dave’s Natural Sweet BBQ)
- Four pieces of Bacon (I used turkey bacon for mine)
- 1 Cup of Colby and Jack shredded cheese
- One tomato chopped
- Sliced green onions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Season chicken with pepper.
- Grill chicken until no long pink about 9 minutes on stove
- Place cooked chicken on a baking sheet. I suggest parchment paper or foil, so the bbq does not ruin the baking sheet.
- Top each chicken breast with BBQ sauce (I used about 2 TBS for each breast), cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and bacon. You can either chop the bacon up or cut one piece of bacon in 1/2 and place each half on the chicken.
- Place chicken in the oven and bake until cheese has melted which is 5-7 minutes.
If you’ve tried Chili’s Monterey Chicken, please let me know what you think and until next time, Happy Cooking!