You’re going to LOVE this delicious Skillet Monterey Chicken, which can be made in 20 minutes, and features chicken breasts, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheese!You're going to LOVE this delicious Skillet Monterey Chicken, which can be made in 20 minutes, with chicken breasts, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheese!
I tried a new recipe for a quick dinner the other night… Skillet Monterey Chicken! This delicious one pan (copycat) dish features chicken breasts, bacon, BBQ sauce, cheddar and jack cheese, and can be prepared and on the kitchen table in 20 minutes! Yum… it was perfect!

I saw this recipe on Pinterest (thanks Trish, at Mom On Timeout) and knew I wanted to try it. Let’s be real… I mean, come on… chicken AND bacon AND BBQ sauce AND cheese? It’s true. This skillet Monterey chicken was calling to me!

Turns out, it was really good, and only took 20 minutes to prepare!  My hubby loved this dish, as well!  Now I know why it was such a popular menu item at Chilis restaurants for so long! Our local Chilis restaurant permanently closed, so I am really glad I can make this dish at home! Here’s how to make this dish:

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How To Make Skillet Monterey Chicken

Using an oven-proof skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Once bacon has cooled, cut each piece in half.  Leave some of the bacon grease in pan (to cook chicken breast in), but discard the rest.

Cooking bacon to add to Skillet Monterey Chicken.

Brown The Chicken

While bacon is cooking, salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Once bacon has been removed from pan, add the chicken breasts cutlets to the hot skillet.  Cook about 3 minutes per side on medium-high, until golden brown.

TIP: I cut two large chicken breasts in half lengthwise, so the pieces were fairly thin. This helps to cook them faster, and is still a good portion size. If using whole chicken breasts, make sure to pound them out thinner, between sheets of plastic wrap, before cooking.

Cooking chicken breasts for skillet Monterey chicken dish.

The little bit of bacon grease you left in the skillet when you cooked it really adds great flavor to the chicken.

Chicken breasts are cooked and browned on both sides for skillet Monterey chicken.

Once chicken has cooked on both sides, pour chicken broth over the chicken. Put a lid on the skillet, and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes (covered) or until the chicken is cooked through. The time will vary, depending on how thick the chicken breasts are).

Chicken broth is added to the skillet Monterey chicken while it cooks.

Once chicken is done, remove lid from skillet and remove skillet from heat. Before continuing, PREHEAT YOUR OVEN BROILER.

Skillet Monterey chicken finishes cooking in chicken broth.

Building The Layers On The Chicken

While broiler is pre-heating, spread BBQ sauce over each piece of chicken (1 Tablespoon on each piece).

BBQ sauce is spread over each piece of Skillet Monterey Chicken.

Place two (half) pieces of bacon on top of the BBQ sauce.

Two cooked bacon halves are added to the Skillet Monterey Chicken.

Divide the cheese evenly and place on top of the bacon, covering the entire piece of chicken.

Grated jack and cheddar cheeses are added to the skillet Monterey chicken.

Place the skillet and chicken (see why you need an oven-proof skillet?) on the middle rack of oven under the broiler. Keep an eye on it. Once cheese is fully melted (anywhere from 30 seconds to 1-2 minutes), remove the hot skillet Monterey chicken from the oven.

Garnish And Serve The Skillet Monterey Chicken

Top each piece of chicken with diced tomato and sliced green onions.  The skillet Monterey chicken looks and smells real good, right about now!

Chopped tomatoes and green onions are added to top the skillet Monterey chicken.

Transfer portions to individual serving plates, dig in, and enjoy delicious Skillet Monterey Chicken!

Skillet Monterey Chicken, served on a plate, with rice and string beans.

Hope you will consider making skillet Monterey chicken. It truly was very easy to make, and we loved it!  Have a fantastic weekend!

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Skillet Monterey Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Easy to prepare and DELICIOUS, this one pan meal features chicken breasts, bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheddar and jack cheese!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: skillet monterey chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 380 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin (or use 2 large breasts, cut in half horizontally)
  • salt and pepper (to season chicken breasts)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 4 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 4 ounces Colby Jack cheese (or a combo of cheddar and jack), grated
  • 1 medium tomato , seeded and diced (discard seeds)
  • 2 green onions , sliced
  1. Fry bacon slices in a large oven-proof skillet until crispy. Remove bacon to paper towels, to drain. When cool, cut each piece of bacon in half. Leave about 2 Tablespoons bacon grease in skillet; discard the rest.
  2. While you are cooking bacon, pound the chicken breasts out until they are fairly thin so they will cook faster (I cut two LARGE chicken breasts in half horizontally, so I skipped this step). Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat reserved bacon grease on medium-high. When skillet is hot, cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown (times may vary due to thickness of chicken).
  4. Pour the chicken broth over chicken. Put a lid on the skillet. Continue to cook chicken (covered) for 4-5 minutes. When done, turn off heat.
  5. Preheat your oven broiler.
  6. Spread 1 Tablespoon of BBQ sauce over the top of each piece of chicken. Place 2 bacon halves onto BBQ sauce covered chicken. Divide cheese evenly and cover top of chicken.
  7. Place skillet with chicken in the middle of the oven under preheated broiler. Broil only until the cheese is completely melted. Remove hot skillet from broiler.
  8. Garnish each piece of chicken with diced tomato and sliced green onions. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Monterey Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 659mg19%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 213mg21%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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