Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}

Woo hoo! It’s time for another grilling recipe! I’m super pumped to share today’s recipe because it’s a copycat, I got to grill; so easy clean up AND it came out way better than I imagined it would. So, yea you’re really in for a treat today! 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.) Jeremy gets the Monterey Chicken and it’s always great. I love the combination of bacon, cheese and bbq sauce. I’ve made it at home a couple times in the oven but taking it out on the grill is where it’s at!

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

It’s insane how easy this is to whip up as well! One trick I have to making a successful dinner while grilling is to take your sides, everything out to the grill with you! I was boiling away some potatoes for some garlic mash while cooking the chicken. That way you don’t have to keep running back inside to check the stove, easy!

I also always get my grill station ready before heading outside. This way I won’t forget anything and have to run back inside.

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}

This recipe is enough for two portions. So, just double or triple the ingredients as required!

Ingredients

  1. 2 chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  2. 1/4 Cup mozzarella cheese
  3. 1/4 Cup Monterey/Cheddar blend cheese (or just cheddar is good!)
  4. 4 slices bacon
  5. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  7. BBQ sauce (I used my homemade Honey BBQ sauce for this)

Instructions

  1. Before we start grilling, cut bacon in medium dice and cook it in a skillet over medium low heat until crispy. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and the dried spices.
  3. Heat grill over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Grease grates, place chicken on grill over medium heat. Let cook until almost done. When chicken has an internal temperature of 150 degrees, baste with BBQ sauce on both sides and continue cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. (Don't baste the chicken as soon as it hits the grill or else the sugars in the BBQ sauce will burn.)
  4. 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.
  5. Place top of grill down and let the cheese melt, this will only take a couple minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Step by Step Directions

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

Before we start grilling, cut bacon in medium dice and cook it in a skillet over medium low heat until crispy. Set aside.

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and the dried spices.
Heat grill over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Grease grates, place chicken on grill over medium heat.

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

Let cook until almost done.

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

When chicken has an internal temperature of 150 degrees, baste with BBQ sauce on both sides and continue cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. (Don’t baste the chicken as soon as it hits the grill or else the sugars in the BBQ sauce will burn.)

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

When chicken is cooked through, place half of the bacon on top of each piece.

Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}, grilled chicken basted in Honey BBQ sauce and piled high with bacon and melty cheese!

Mix the cheeses together and spread evenly over each piece.
Place top of grill down and let the cheese melt, this will only take a couple minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

Yummm, doesn’t that look amazing?! It made for a very satisfying meal, served with the mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts! I will be making this recipe again and again this summer on the grill!

What’s your favorite dish to grill out??

Don’t forget to go see Parrish’s recipe for Grilled Everything Chicken!

Grilled_Everything_Chicken

Previous Grilling series recipes:

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Nachos | Fresh Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

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24 thoughts on “Monterey Chicken {Copycat Recipe}

  1. My husband and I love Chili’s too and have ordered this in the past and enjoyed it. So, I am going to try your copycat hopefully very soon for us. Thanks for sharing at the Pin It Hop once again today :)

  2. that chicken looks amazing! thank you so much for linking up to Create Link Inspire! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring your recipe today in a Chicken Recipes post. I’ve shared it all over my social media and tagged you where I could. I would really appreciate any reshares! Have a great weekend! Emily@nap-timecreations

  3. I think we would be dangerous in the kitchen together. This is totally something I would make – YUM! Think of all the amazing things we could come up with together. :)

  4. Thank you! I have a similar recipe only I call it Western Chicken. It always makes my mouth water! Love it. Thanks for posting and that tomato and corn salad looks yum!!

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