Chili’s Monterey Chicken

Chili’s Monterey Chicken is an easy way to make dinner. A boneless chicken breast, cheese, bacon, and a little bit of barbeque sauce are all you need for this recipe. This recipe was created for one serving, so add accordingly. You can serve this with some rice and salad and you have the perfect meal.

Homemade Chilis Monterey Chicken

Chili’s Monterey Chicken is an easy way to make dinner. Melted cheese, bacon, and a small amount of barbeque sauce are all you need for this delicious dish. Plus, of course, chicken!

monterey chicken ingredients

This is a single serving recipe quickly prepared in a skillet. When you serve Chilis Monterey Chicken with rice and a nice salad, you have the perfect meal. Or you could substitute mashed potatoes or another vegetable for the rice.

The Story of Chili’s

In 1967, Chili’s founder, Larry Lavine attended the first Terlingua Chili Cook-off which was hosted in Terlingua, Texas, by Larry’s father-in-law, Carroll Shelby, the famous race car legend. If you’re not into car racing and aren’t familiar with the story of Carroll Shelby, you can click here to read about it.

Anyway, Larry fell so much in love with chili cook-offs, that he eventually (in 1975) created the first Chili’s Grill & Bar in Dallas.

Curious about the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off? It’s the Superbowl of chili cook-offs and you can read a fun article about it by clicking here.

Homemade Chilis Monterey Chicken on a grey plate

Chili’s – Among the First of Its Kind

Now we are all used to the world of casual dining. But back in the day, Chili’s was among the pioneers of this informal way of eating out. The first Chili’s had a laid-back atmosphere and, as well as chili, served up mouth-watering gourmet burgers in baskets. It was so popular that a long line of customers would be waiting outside and around the corner.

Present Day Chili’s

Who would have thought it? What started out as a chili and hamburger joint in 1975 would turn into over 1,600 Chili’s in 33 countries. And, did you know that you can buy shares in Chili’s, Inc.? It’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange with an appropriate stock symbol – EAT. Read the full story of Chili’s by clicking here.

Chili’s Monterey Chicken

Everyone needs a few recipes like this one in their life. It tastes just like Chili’s, but you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home, any time you want.

Monterey Chicken on a plate

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Homemade Chilis Monterey Chicken

Chilis Monterey Chicken

Serve up restaurant style chicken breast with melted cheese and barbeque sauce.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chilis Monterey Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 307kcal


  • 1 boneless skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2 teaspoons Barbeque Sauce Bullseye is recommended
  • 2 slices Bacon crispy
  • 1/4 cup mixture of Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  • Pound chicken breast until it is somewhat flattened, and season with salt and pepper. Spray Pam in a nonstick skillet, and cook chicken breast until it is done. Transfer to a serving plate. Top chicken breast with Barbeque sauce, bacon, and cheese. Broil chicken breast in the oven, or melt the cheese in a microwave. Sprinkle with a small amount of cold chopped tomatoes and chives.



Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 87mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Tom Williams

    5 stars
    Seasoned with 4 seasons rub + cumin for a Southwest base. Used just Monterey Jack. Great flavor & the leftover was just as good.

  2. Chelsea

    5 stars
    This was AWESOME! The husband and the seven year old loved it!! Gotta make sure the bacon is extra crispy, though. So simple! Great go-to meal!

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