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Monterey Chicken

Monterey Chicken – A 30 minute chicken dinner loaded with smoky barbecue sauce, spicy tomatoes, lots of cheese and bacon! A family favorite for sure!

Getting dinner on the able every night can be a little bit of a chore sometimes. Coming up with different things to make it interesting and tasty can be a challenge. But that is why I am here for you!! I have a whole slew of Dinner Recipes on the blog already for you, and I am always adding more.

This Monterey chicken is loaded with flavor and so darn easy to make.

A close up of a plate of food with chicken topped with tomatoes, bacon and melted cheese

 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Just a few ingredients are needed and you can really have them on hand at all times, so no special trips to the store.
  • Super fast and easy to make. If you use thin cut chicken breasts it will cut down on the cooking time even more.
  • Mix up the cheese and barbecue sauce for different flavors. You can use a sweet barbecue sauce or spicy for a completely different experience.

What You’ll Need

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oil
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Bacon Pieces
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions

For the Bacon pieces, you can use cooked and crumbled bacon or the store bought actual bacon pieces you can find down the salad aisles. If you are cooking and crumbling the bacon, you probably need about 2 strips total (1/2 strip per piece of chicken).

A close up of a plate of food with chicken topped with tomatoes, bacon and melted cheese

How To Make Monterey Chicken

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  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, swirling to coat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  2. Top each piece of chicken with about 1 Tablespoon barbecue sauce, 3 Tablespoons tomatoes, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, and 1 Tablespoon bacon pieces. 
  3. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted.
  4. Top with green onions to serve

What Goes With Monterey Chicken

You really can serve this with just about anything! Whatever your favorite veggie or potato is works great.

A close up of a plate of food with chicken topped with tomatoes, bacon and melted cheese

This Monterey Chicken was one of the first recipes I shared on the blog when I started in 2011. Today I am sharing it with you again and updating the pictures. It is definitely one you are going to want to add to your dinner plans soon!

Storage

If you have leftover chicken store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat in the microwave until it is warmed through.

close up chicken topped with cheese and bacon

More Easy Chicken Dinners

Yield: 4

Monterey Chicken

A close up of a plate of food with chicken topped with tomatoes, bacon and melted cheese

Monterey Chicken - A 30 minute chicken dinner loaded with smokey barbecue sauce, spicy tomatoes, lots of cheese and bacon! A family favorite for sure!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup real bacon pieces
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, swirling to coat.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  3. Top each piece of chicken with 1 Tablespoon barbecue sauce, 3 Tablespoons tomatoes, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, and 1 Tablespoon bacon pieces. 
  4. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted.
  5. Top with green onions to serve

Notes

Recipe from All the Simple Things

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 455Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 146mgSodium 1182mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 50g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

What a simple and tasty family dinner!

Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Friday 20th of January 2023

This sounds insanely delicious!! I am so excited to try it!!

katerina @ diethood.com

Friday 20th of January 2023

I love how easy and delicious this is!! My family would love it!!

Amanda

Thursday 19th of January 2023

I have been looking for a new chicken recipe and this is perfect. I cannot wait to make this next week!

Beth Pierce

Thursday 19th of January 2023

I only need to know it had barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese to know I needed to make it, and I wasn't wrong. This is SO GOOD!

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