This Monterey chicken is a Chili’s copycat that features seasoned chicken breasts smothered in barbecue sauce, cheese, bacon and tomatoes. An easy dinner option that the whole family will love!

When I need a meal the whole family will love, I turn to chicken classics like chicken adobo, cider glazed chicken, maple dijon chicken and Monterey chicken. Monterey chicken is loaded with flavor and tastes like it came straight from a restaurant, but you can make it at home in less than 30 minutes.

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A skillet of Monterey chicken with seasoned cooked chicken breasts topped with barbecue sauce, two types of cheese and bacon.

I used to go to Chili’s all the time in college, but now there are no Chili’s restaurants left where I live! I satisfy my Chili’s cravings with this easy Monterey chicken that’s fully loaded with all the toppings. It’s a great way to jazz up plain old chicken breasts!

How to make Monterey chicken

This recipe starts with chicken breasts, which are seasoned then seared to golden brown perfection. The cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken; I often use thin cut chicken breasts when I’m looking for a fast meal. The chicken is coated with your favorite barbecue sauce, then loaded with toppings.

A skillet of cooked chicken breasts topped with barbecue sauce.

For the toppings, I use shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and melt them in the oven until gooey and delicious. You can really use whatever type of cheese you like here, mozzarella would also be a nice choice.

Barbecue chicken in a skillet, topped with shredded cheese.

After that comes the bacon, tomatoes and green onions which really take this Monterey chicken over the top flavor wise!

Monterey chicken covered in barbecue sauce, cheese, bacon and tomatoes, served with a side of broccoli.

I love this dish because it’s not any harder to make than a standard sauteed chicken, but it tastes like something special. I like to serve my Monterey chicken over mashed potatoes or rice with a green veggie on the side to complete the meal.

The next time you’re thinking about eating at Chili’s, stay home instead and make your own Monterey chicken to save a little cash! Your family will thank you, mine did at least!

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5 from 42 votes

Monterey Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
A skillet of Monterey chicken with seasoned cooked chicken breasts topped with barbecue sauce, two types of cheese and bacon.
This Monterey chicken is a Chili's copycat that features seasoned chicken breasts smothered in barbecue sauce, cheese, bacon and tomatoes. An easy dinner option that the whole family will love!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese I used a blend of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green onions


  • Heat the olive oil in a large oven safe pan over medium high heat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until done. Cook time may vary depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over each chicken breast.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle the bacon, tomatoes and green onions over the chicken and serve.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 690mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Of course you always make good food! What i love most in this blog is the printable copy . Thank you for this!!

  2. That looks amazing! I love when I find a good hack recipe. It would probably be way more cost effective to make it at home.

  3. What a great way to enjoy chicken in a new way, I think I went to chilis once when I was in America but didnĀ“t have this stunning dish, and I must confess, your images are so professional and beautiful

  4. My family would be all over this. I would love to recreate this with tofu and vegan cheese since I don’t eat meat.

  5. 5 stars
    THough we do not eat chicken. We have friends who are crazy about chicken. Will be sharing this recipe with them. I am sure they would love this.

  6. This recipe looks super easy to make at home. I am definitely trying this one. I bet my kids would love it!

  7. This dish looks incredible. I know my wife and kids would love this one. I will have to give it a try and see how they like it!

  8. I seriously thought it was a baked potato. Now that’s the way to eat chicken! This looks pretty amazing!

  9. 5 stars
    It sounds amazing and one that we would love to try for dinner one of these days. I love the flavors that come together in this recipe. The chicken will definitely absorb all those, which will make it tastier!

  10. This looks and sounds delicious. My family would love to eat this for dinner. There is something extra tasty when you mix chicken and cheese.

  11. 5 stars
    This looks so flavorful! I have to check and see if I have the ingredients to make this for dinner. My family would love to have this for dinner tonight!

  12. this chicken dish is really easy to make and is a family favorite. Love the bbq sauce and the cheese on top. We always make extra for leftovers.

  13. Whoa! Mouth watering. I am dying to try this. Looks like such a delicious meal my family would really love!

  14. We have so much chicken breast in our fridge right now and we were wondering how to prepare it! Totally love this and I’m excited to try it out!

  15. 5 stars
    This would be the perfect dinner! I’m always looking for ways to make chicken. I haven’t tried this one yet. I would love that cheese on top.

  16. 5 stars
    This sounds like a dream recipe for chicken lovers like we are. I’d love to try this soon, I have an event to attend this weekend but I could whip it up next week sometime. I’m saving the recipe.

  17. That sounds seriously awesome. I have never had chicken like this before, but I am excited to try it.

  18. 5 stars
    What a delicious and flavorful weeknight meal! I am always on the hunt for yummy recipes like this. I just wonder how many calories are involved!

  19. Oh my gosh does not look heavenly! My mouth is watering just thinking about making this. You made it look beautiful and I really wish I could eat it off the screen!