Saturday, February 24, 2018

Monterey Chicken Skillet

Monterey Chicken Skillet recipe is the perfect weeknight meal! A delicious one pan wonder made in 20 minutes. Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Bacon and Melted Cheese come together for the ultimate flavor combination.

Chicken, Bacon, Cheese, AND Barbecue Sauce. That's Monterey Chicken Skillet. You are welcome!

Forkful of Monterey Chicken

If you’re looking for a one pan dinner that doesn’t disappoint this recipe has you covered!

Hi! It’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity where I share simple recipes, fun crafts, and DIYs.  I’m excited to share a quick family-favorite recipe with you all today I think you’ll LOVE!

Have you tried Monterey Chicken Skillet before?

Wowza! The flavors of this easy recipe blend together to create a perfectly satisfying combo.  And in case you missed it - it includes bacon! Something my entire family agrees makes everything better!  We gobble this Loaded Tater Tot Nacho up in minutes!

The dish comes together pretty quickly, so it can definitely be made during the week when things get busy.  I love the fact it’s all made in the same pan.  Cutting down on dishwashing is always a plus in my kitchen! By taking a minute while the bacon cooks and pounding your chicken, you get it to cook evenly, but also cut down on overall cooking time.

Once the bacon is fried and your chicken is cooked, you spread your favorite BBQ sauce over the chicken (Sweet Baby Ray’s is a good one) and top with your crispy bacon.  Then comes the glorious cheese. Now it’s time to place it under the broiler so the cheese gets soft and gooey! Garnish with your tomatoes and green onions and it’s done!  Serve it with a side salad and this is one delicious meal!

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Helpful Tips to Make Monterey Chicken Skillet :

  • To make this recipe in 20 minutes, make sure you pound your chicken and cut your tomatoes and green onions while the bacon cooks.
  • The thinner you pound your chicken, the less cooking time required.
  • You can use your choice of cheese in this recipe.  In addition to Monterey or a cheddar Monterey blend, Pepper Jack would also work. 
  • If you plan ahead, you can use leftover bacon from breakfast and skip frying the bacon when it’s time to cook dinner. 

What You Will Need to Make Monterey Chicken Skillet :

  • Frying pan - a cast iron skillet works well since it’s made to go from stovetop to oven.
  • Spatula - a kitchen staple that gets tons of use!
  • Kitchen Mallet - this kitchen utensil works well for everything from pounding chicken to crushing crackers.


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Side view of Monterey Chicken with bacon, cheese, tomatoes and scallions.

Yield: 4

Monterey Chicken Skillet

Monterey Chicken Skillet recipe is the perfect weeknight meal! A delicious one pan wonder made in 20 minutes. Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Bacon and Melted Cheese come together for the ultimate flavor combination.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 -1.5 pounds)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 scallions (green onions), sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce (use your favorite!) 
  • 4 ounces Colby Jack cheese, grated


  1. In a large oven-safe skillet, fry bacon until crispy.
  2. While the bacon is frying, pound chicken breasts to desired thickness. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dice tomatoes and slice the green onions. Set aside.
  4. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  5. Turn heat to medium-high and brown chicken on both sides (2 to 3 minutes per side) in bacon grease.
  6. Pour chicken stock over the chicken breasts and cover skillet with a lid. Cook until chicken is done, approximately 4 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  7. Turn heat off and spread barbecue sauce on top of each chicken breast.
  8. Top each breast with 1 slices of bacon broken in half.
  9. Sprinkle cheese evenly among the chicken breasts.
  10. Place under oven broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Watch carefully and take out when cheese is fully melted.
  11. Top chicken with tomato and green onions and serve immediately.

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  1. Enjoy your recipes, but would like calories, carbs, etc., listed. Everyone's watching their diets and reading food labels--particularly diabetics.

  2. I made this tonight for dinner, it was so good!!
    My 10 year old son had seconds and requested we have this on our dinner rotation. It was a hit.
    Thank you


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