BBQ Cheesy Chicken

When my husband was building our house 10 years ago, we lived here and there during construction. So needless to say I didn’t have a kitchen to cook in. We ate out 2-3 times a day(crazy, I know). I got extremely familiar with the menus from just about every restaurant know to man. This dinner is my take on Monterey Chicken from Chili’s. And to be honest it tastes better, because its not some mass produced this and that delivered from Sysco, mindlessly cooked and slapped on a plate.

BBQ Cheesy Chicken
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
A cheesy BBQ chicken that will sure have you coming back for more!
  • 4 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 1 onion, caramelized
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce(or homemade)
  • Cheese( I used the Cheddar, Colby jack shredded cheese blend)
  1. Place chicken breasts in large zip lock bag and pour enough BBQ sauce in bag to cover the chicken.
  2. Marinate them in the fridge from about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to broil HI, with rack 4 inches from heat
  4. In a large oven proof skillet( I used my trusty cast iron skillet), over medium heat, add the olive oil then sautee chicken until mostly done, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Pour some BBQ sauce over chicken.
  6. Place desired amount of onions on the chicken.
  7. Cover with cheese(how ever much you want)
  8. Place bacon on top.
  9. Place pan in the oven and broil until the bacon has crisped up, about 5 minutes. Or until the chicken reads 165 on a instant read thermometer.
No need to go out to eat. Just make it yourself. No gas, no bitchy waitress, no spit in your food, nothing floating in your drink, no tipping. Oh wait, that gives me a great idea. I think I am going to put a tip jar in my kitchen. LOL


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    LOL, i bet the tip box or bottle will be over-flowing…
    i love your version of this dish… looks sooooo perfectly cooked, i bet the flavor of bacon made this really special… another winner here, Les… 🙂

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    Yum! Tip jar? Great idea!

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    I bet my son would LOVE this. I make a kick ASS BBQ sauce that he’s always begging me to make … might have to try it.

    I’m SO going to start a tip jar in my kitchen. Thanks for the money raising idea. Certainly beats asking for some cash.

  4. 4

    Oh this is yummy~~~ I am definitley going to make this one!

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    VeggieGirl says:

    I LOVE recreating restaurant meals.

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    Love the tip jar idea!

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    thebrunettebaker says:

    I usually grill the chix and cook the bacon separately but not anymore. Why didn’t I think of this? 🙂

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    Hiya Les,
    This looks soooo good! Hubby would love it!!!!

    And I CAN make a VEGETARIAN version! OH YES I CAN! (There is a product called Naked Quorn Cutlets and also, Faken’ Bacon (tempeh) I know I know I know!!!!

    I am going to try it!!!
    YUM YUM YUM, here I come!!! Delish!!

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    Yum! I hate eating out like out….it’s the worst.

    This looks awesome.

  10. 10

    Chicken, cheese, bacon, caramelized onions… it just keeps getting better and better!

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    Looks delish! I bet it would be great done up as a burger too! 🙂

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    This looks awesome…..I too get super excited when I come with my own take on some fancy restaurant dish.My husband will love this.

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    pigpigscorner says:

    This looks and sounds so good! BBQ sauce, caramelised onions, cheese, bacon…all my favourite!

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    Mrsfatface says:

    That looks really great! Thanks for the recipe I am going to try this soon!

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    This looks so much better than anything you could get from Chili’s!

    When my family moved when I was in high school we ate at a local Italian restaurant so often that the owners knew us by heart. I think we’d had every item on the menu!

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    This sounds awesome. My husband would love it and I just wouldn’t tell him it’s a take on something from Chili’s–for some reason while we were still dating a good 12 years ago, we went to Chili’s, he didn’t like what he ordered and has and will never go there again. He would love this.

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    RecipeGirl says:

    Looks easy and delicious!

  18. 18

    nice use of cheese and bacon, two very important food groups. 🙂

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    This looks SO good, who can resist bacony chikcne? Not me!

  20. 20

    Your pictures just keep getting better and better. Thanks for sharing!

  21. 21

    That looks so awesome. I have had that at Chilis and its really good. I bet yours is better! Cant wait to try it.

  22. 22

    Wow that looks really great~!

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    OMG…I can’t stop staring or drooling. All I can say is YUM-O!!!

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    You had me at cheesy! This one looks like a real winner; can’t wait to try it!!

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    I am so with you on the whole chemical crap that those restaurant chains spray over their meals and then freeze them. I’m always so wary of that when we eat out. I do love Chili’s so much too.
    Your version is far healthier.

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    Josh wants to remodel our kitchen but I am not up for the chaos just yet. When we do I am going on vacation:) Great looking dish!

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    William the Clothier says:

    I look forward to trying this. Maybe this week.

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    We make this too! I put the bacon under the cheese, but otherwise the same. So yummy!!

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    Now that looks fantastic. It’s so many things I love all in one thing! 🙂

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    oneshotbeyond says:

    Yikes! I think I gained weight viewing this one!!!

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    This looks so tasty! Anything with bacon is perfection, in my opinion.

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    Culinarywannabe says:

    I actually love that dish at Chili’s. We don’t have one here in the city so I haven’t had it in forever. Can’t wait to try this!

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    hmmn… chicken, cheese,bacon and caramelized onion — a winning combo! makes me hungry, dang, it’s lunch time! :o)

  34. 34

    Leslie, I’ve never been to Chili’s, but your take on their Monterrey Chicken dish looks and sounds like a drool-a-palooza.

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    this looks DELCIOUS!

  36. 36

    Look at those perfectly browned chicken, Mouth watering indeed.

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    Wooooow, I can almost smell these babies. YUMMM!

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    Leslie, your chicken looks better than a restaurant’s and I’m sure it tastes better too.

    If I put a tip jar in my kitchen, my kids would just take money out of MY wallet to fill it. That’s what they do when they want lunch money…

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    This sounds just up my family’s alley. Even my children would love it! Tip jar, amgaga over that idea!

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    this looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

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    William Wilson aka William "the Clothier" says:

    I made this, it was excellent. Thanks Leslie!

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    Randi Lynne says:

    I made this last week and this was such a great take on typical boring chicken breasts. I give it 5 stars – this recipe’s a winner!!

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    hey! i actually made this and LOVED IT! i don’t normally cook w/the broiler…it was absolutely delish! thanks so much for sharing!!! i love your blog!!

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Hey Leslie I made the BBQ Cheesy Chicken and blogged about it today. Thanks for the great recipe. I hope you are doing well.

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    I’ve made this twice now and tweaked it a bit. Instead of broiling cook the bacon in the pan with the chicken. I also put the bacon under the cheese and I don’t add any more sauce 🙂

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    Pamela91 says:

    Another hit! OMG, I love the taste of the chicken with cheese and bacon..I may have to wrap EVERYTHING in bacon (that sound was my arteries clogging)..but it was so easy and tasty.. Two thumbs up!!

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    I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!

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    I made this tonight and my family loved it. My husband said that I could keep this recipe. That is quite a compliment!