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Monterey Chicken is an easy grilled BBQ chicken topped with bacon and melted cheese. This recipe is a fun Chili’s copycat and perfect for any weeknight meal.

Finished Chicken on plate with broccoli

Who is ready for a ultra delicious grilling recipe! I love grilling season, it is one of my favorite times of the year, because we grill out a lot and we literally never get sick of it.

I also love copycat recipes and this Monterey Chicken Recipe is one for the books. It is so delicious and so easy that you will want to make this over and over again.

Every time we go out to Chili’s (which is about every 3-4 months, we have one a couple miles from our house so it’s pretty convenient.) My husband gets the Monterey Chicken and it’s always great.

We love the combination of bacon, cheese, and BBQ sauce. I’ve made Monterey Chicken at home a couple times in the oven but taking it out on the grill is where it’s at!

Some of my other favorite grilling recipes that we have include Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Easy Grilled Asparagus and Herb Marinated Grilled Pork Chops.

Close up of one Monterey Chicken on white plate with broccoli

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With minimal ingredients it whips up in no time.
  • It can easily be doubled to serve a larger family.
  • This only takes 15 minutes to cook up!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Thick-cut bacon
Chicken breasts
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper
Mozzarella cheese
Monterey/Cheddar blend cheese
BBQ sauce

Ingredients needed to make Monterey Chicken

HOW TO MAKE MONTEREY CHICKEN:

  1. Place the bacon into a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat and cook until crispy, drain on a paper towel-lined plate, set aside. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Place on a plate until ready to grill.
  2. Place chicken on the grill over medium heat. Let cook until almost done. When the chicken has an internal temperature of 150°F, baste with BBQ sauce on both sides and continue cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. (Don’t baste the chicken as soon as it hits the grill or else the sugars in the BBQ sauce will burn.)
  3. When chicken is cooked through, place half of the bacon on top of each piece. Mix the cheeses together and spread evenly over each piece.
  4. Place the top of the grill down and let the cheese melt, this will only take a couple of minutes. Serve immediately. 
Step by step photos on how to make Monterey Chicken

CAN I PUT THE BBQ SAUCE ON AS SOON AS I START GRILLING?

Don’t baste the chicken as soon as it hits the grill or else the sugars in the BBQ sauce will burn. And we don’t want that!

HOW TO STORE MONTEREY CHICKEN:

This Monterey Chicken Recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • You can easily double this recipe to serve a larger family.
  • We completely recommend a using a good meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is properly cooked.
  • You can use any cheese you want, but Monterey Cheddar blend and Mozzarella are the usuals.
  • You can use any BBQ sauce you like, test out different flavors to see what you like best or make your own Homemade BBQ Sauce.
  • We like to chop our bacon and cook it in a skillet before hand but you could also leave it whole and place it on the chicken itself.
Monterey Chicken cut open showing inside

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4.95 from 18 votes

Monterey Chicken

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Monterey Chicken is an easy grilled BBQ chicken topped with bacon and melted cheese. This recipe is a fun Chili's copycat and perfect for any weeknight meal.
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place the bacon into a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat and cook until crispy, drain on a paper towel-lined plate, set aside. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Place on a plate until ready to grill.
  • Place chicken on the grill over medium heat. Let cook until almost done. When the chicken has an internal temperature of 150°F, baste with BBQ sauce on both sides and continue cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. (Don’t baste the chicken as soon as it hits the grill or else the sugars in the BBQ sauce will burn.)
  • When chicken is cooked through, place half of the bacon on top of each piece. Mix the cheeses together and spread evenly over each piece.
  • Place the top of the grill down and let the cheese melt, this will only take a couple of minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe to serve a larger family.
  2. We completely recommend a using a good meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is properly cooked.
  3. You can use any cheese you want, but Monterey Cheddar blend and Mozzarella are the usuals.
  4. You can use any BBQ sauce you like, test out different flavors to see what you like best or make your own Homemade BBQ Sauce.
  5. We like to chop our bacon and cook it in a skillet before hand but you could also leave it whole and place it on the chicken itself.

Nutrition

Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 2112mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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42 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Your Monterey chicken was a big hit with my family. Definitely a winner for me. I used heddar cheese as I’m not able to get Monterey cheese in Australia

  2. 5 stars
    I USED TO ORDER THIS EVERY TIME WE WENT TO cHILI’S. When they discontinued it, (big mistake) I made my own version and it was just like theirs. Easy, quick and delicious

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