Monday, January 25, 2010

Cheesy BBQ Chicken - Copy cat Chili's Monterey Chicken

If you're looking for a light dinner recipe, this little baby is not for you. However, if you'd like to prepare a wonderful, flavorful, "just-like-Grandma-used-to-make" meal, then stick with me for a few moments. I prepared this meal back in November (I know-sad huh?) when I was excited to use my new iron skillet. Ah, the silly things that cause me to be giddy lately. :) I found the recipe on "Mommy's Kitchen" when I was menu planning late one evening. The combination of bacon, chicken and barbeque sauce had me salivating over my coupons and I couldn't wait for the opportunity to fix this for the fam. This was a definite success with all (a couple of my kids took the bacon off) and made for a fantastic sandwich for Marty's lunch the next day. 

If you're counting the calories and fat but would still like to prepare this for dinner, try using Canadia bacon for the top. It offers just as much flavor as regular bacon with half the fat and calories. Yum!

From the heart of my kitchen to yours, may your experience be fun and the food always flavorful. Enjoy!

Cheesy BBQ Chicken
(Copy Cat Chili's Monterey Chicken)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 slices of bacon, cut in half
1 onion, caramelized (I omitted)
1 bottle of BBQ sauce (or homemade)
Shredded Cheese
(cheddar or colby jack shredded cheese blend)

Place chicken breasts in large zip lock bag and pour enough BBQ sauce in bag to cover the chicken. Marinate them in the fridge from about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to broil HI, with rack 4 inches from heat In a large oven proof skillet( I used my trusty cast iron skillet), over medium heat, saute chicken until mostly done, about 4 minutes per side. Pour some BBQ sauce over chicken. Place desired amount of onions on the chicken. Cover with cheese (how ever much you want) Place bacon on top. I stuck a toothpick or two through the bacon to keep it from curling while broiling. Place pan in the oven and broil until the bacon has crisped up, about 5 minutes. Or until the chicken reads 165 on a instant read thermometer. If after you have broiled th chicken it still isnt cooked through, lower the temp to 450 and cook till juices run clear.

Source: Mommy's Kitchen


Julie said...

Oh my, that sounds right up my alley!

Ingrid said...

Took the bacon off? That's the best part! LOL Looks good!

Glad to see ya back!

teresa said...

oh wonderful, i can practically smell it through the screen!

HoneyB said...

It doesn't hurt to be bad once in a while. ;-)

Coleen's Recipes said...

This sounds totally worth the calorie count!! Fantastic.

cookies and cups said...

This sounds awesome..bacon makes everything better, doesn't it?

AshKuku said...

The BBQ chicken looks yummy, no doubts... I liked the layout too.... Very colorful.....God Bless!!!


Rachel said...

I had to laugh when I just now saw your latest posting, b/c I just made reference to a chicken recipe that called for cheese and bacon and was drooling over that! Your chicken looks SO good...I'm definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try in the next month or two!

By the way...we had your oven fried chicken AGAIN last night and as always, it's wonderful!!! It honestly tastes as good (if not better) than any fried chicken I've had out! I got legs and thighs since they were on sale (although Marcus' preference is white meat), but it's such a great, affordable meal!

Krista said...

Oh yeah! I bet that this is so good! I'd love to try this one.

Emmy said...

Mmm that looks soo good. Man I am hungry now!

kanishk said...

hat's the best part! Looks good!

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Cyprillo said...

Perfect! so nice! thank you for the recipe!

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