Our tangy, sweet Monterey Chicken is a quick satisfying winner. And… the combination of bacon and BBQ sauce is oh so good!

Monterey Chicken topped with melted cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, and tomatoes, on a plate

This Monterey Chicken recipe is simply fantastic!

I have witnessed my children get as excited about this dinner as they do about a week-long trip to Disney, that might be a slight exaggeration. This vacation of a meal is always well received by everyone at my dinner table. It’s a wonderful mix of tangy and sweetness…oh, and it’s made with bacon.

Monterey Chicken is right up there with my beloved, somewhat traditional recipes such as Chicken Lazone and Balsamic Chicken. It offers a surprise package of flavors that no one quite expects. The combo of salt, sweet and smoke creates a chicken dish quite unlike any you’ve tried! Also, it’s made in a skillet. Literally, everything tastes delicious in a skillet. Speaking of skillet meals, another fav is my Creamy Lemon Skillet Chicken

What Is Monterey Chicken

Monterey Chicken is a crazy popular poultry recipe. Like Chicken Francaise, Chicken Florentine or Lemon Pepper Chicken, its definitely won the love of the internet, and it’s likely that you’ve seen it made a few different ways. My recipe is not a Mexican Monterey Chicken recipe, which is typically made with salsa.

Instead, this tasty Monterey Chicken skillet features chicken breasts shamelessly smothered with barbeque sauce, bacon and shredded cheese. You’re currently thinking “Wow, that does sound better than a week-long trip to Disney…”. Right?




Monterey Chicken topped with melted cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, and tomatoes, on a plate

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Monterey Chicken

If you happen to stumble upon any Monterey Chicken Wikipedia info, you’re certain to find recipes with ingredients that differ slightly from what you see here.

I’ve taken to my kitchen to test everything from pechuga Monterey Chicken which is really just a fancy name for the classic Mexican version of this dish, to Monterey Chicken restaurant style. Which is a nice way of saying I copycatted the Chili’s version. I also tried my hand at the Monterey Chicken Bonanza Steakhouse serves up.

To make it, you’ll need chicken breast, bacon, salt, pepper, green onions, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, shredded Monterey and Cheddar cheese.  It’s simple and beyond delicious.

Note* Pechuga means breast. As in chicken. There will not be a test.

How Do You Make Monterey Chicken

It’s so easy to make, which is why I always recommend it for a quick weeknight dinner. All you’ve got to do is cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy, set aside. Then cook the chicken pechugas (fancy) in the bacon drippings until it’s cooked through. Slather the chicken with BBQ sauce and sprinkle it with cheese and bacon, then pop it all in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and melty. But wait! I’m not done. Top it with green onions, and tomatoes. So much yum.

Step By Step How To Make Monterey Chicken

Step By Step: How To Make Monterey Chicken

1. Cook bacon in an oven-safe skillet until crispy. Set aside. Keep 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in the skillet and remove the excess.
2. Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side until there is no longer any pink.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle chicken with BBQ sauce.
4. Sprinkle with Monterey and Cheddar cheese.
5. Sprinkle with bacon. Place skillet in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted.
6. Remove from oven and top with green onions and tomatoes.
7. Serve.

Monterey Chicken topped with melted cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, and tomatoes, on a skillet

How Do You Make Chicken Monterey Casserole

If you’re looking for a hearty, simple and comforting weeknight dish, try this:

Chop up 1 green bell pepper and 1 onion. Saute them in vegetable oil with cubed chicken breasts, that have been seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until chicken is done and veggies are tender. In a 9×13 pan, crumble a layer of tortilla chips, your choice, onto the bottom of the pan. Top with chicken and veggies. Cover with 1 can of creamed corn. Add a layer of shredded Monterey cheese. Add more tortilla chips. Then more cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melty and bubbly and you have what is essentially nachos in a pan. Also known as Monterey Chicken Casserole. Ah-mazing.

Recipe Notes For Monterey Chicken:

How To Make  Ahead Of Time:  Follow the recipe until it’s time to put it in the oven to bake. Cover tightly and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Easy peasy.

How To Freeze Monterey Chicken:  Leftovers here are unlikely, but if you find yourself in a situation where freezing your Monterey chicken is necessary – you can easily do so by tossing what’s left into freezer safe containers. Don’t keep it longer than 3 months.

What To Serve With Monterey Chicken: If you’re unsure what to serve with Monterey chicken, trust me when I say that a fresh green salad is perfect. Cornbread is great as well!

Calorie Count: Cheese calories, though well worth it, can add up quickly. Our Monterey Chicken calories are listed with the recipe nutrition facts!

Monterey Chicken Recipe

There is no doubt that this Monterey Chicken Recipe will become an instant hit, whether you’re making it for a dinner party or your cute little family! It’s ridiculously easy to put together, and we cannot wait to hear how it comes out. Be sure to leave a comment below so we know you loved it!


Monterey Chicken

Our tangy, sweet Monterey Chicken is a quick satisfying winner. And... the combination of bacon and BBQ sauce is oh so good!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 726 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 8 Ounces Chopped Bacon,
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
  • Salt, To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Cup Monterey Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 Cup Cheddar, Shredded
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onions, Sliced


  1. Cook bacon in an oven safe 12-inch skillet until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings from skillet.

  2. Cook the chicken on medium high heat, about 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness, or until chicken nicely browned and there is no longer any pink.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  4. Drizzle chicken with BBQ sauce, then sprinkle with both cheeses and bacon. Place skillet in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted.

  5. Remove from oven and top chicken with green onions, and tomatoes and serve immediately.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Monterey Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the recipe)
Calories 726 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 169mg 56%
Sodium 1595mg 66%
Potassium 874mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 25g
Protein 46g 92%
Vitamin A 24.3%
Vitamin C 11.2%
Calcium 45.2%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Step By Step How To Make Monterey Chicken