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Monterey Chicken Recipe
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Monterey Chicken Recipe

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As colorful as spring itself, Crystal Heese’s tender and tasty chicken entree is sure to become a popular supper standby. “It’s been my husband’s favorite meal since before we were married,” she writes from Quitman, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 cooked bacon strips
  • 1/4 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 246 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 658 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 35 g protein.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Transfer to a greased baking sheet.
  2. Top each with barbecue sauce, bacon and cheese. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomato and chives. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Monterey Chicken in Cooking for 2 Spring 2007, p23

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"Very quick to put together. I double the recipe and make a couple without the BBQ sauce and everybody gets what they want. Great blend of flavors."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"This is such a quick and easy recipe, and my husband loves the addition of bacon, and I love the honey bbq sauce we add."

Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"My family really likes this. It is regular in our house."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"Delicious, I've made this many times. I prefer to chop the bacon smaller when I put it on, and use fresh green onion so I can taste the onion more though."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"Quick and easy, the chicken was juicy and tender also! It's a keeper!"

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