Monterey Chicken– Chili’s Knock-Off Recipe

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If you love the Monterey Chicken at Chili’s restaurant, you have to try this knock off recipe. It’s fast, easy, and delicious!

This copycat recipe for Monterey Chicken is absolutely delicious, and so easy to make! A perfect chicken recipe for busy nights!

I feel like it’s been forever since I shared a dinner recipe. We eat pretty basic in the summer. Easy meals, and lots of BBQ’s. Not a lot to share in the main dish department. But I tried this monterey chicken a few weeks ago and the family loved it. It’s already made it’s second appearance at our table.

Recipe for Monterey Chicken - topped with BBQ sauce, cheese, and diced tomatoes, this chicken recipe is always well received! An easy family friendly recipe!

I found the recipe over at Mmm Cafe. It is a knock-off recipe for Chili’s Monterey Chicken. I love restaurant knock-off recipes, don’t you? Saves so much money! I’ve never actually had the Monterey Chicken at Chili’s, so I can’t attest to how authentic it is. But I can attest that it is delicious!

Copycat Monterey Chicken - make your favorite restaurant recipe at home. It's easy and absolutely scrumptious!

Monterey Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 strips of bacon, halved or chopped (I chopped mine)
1/2-1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, sliced
Cook the bacon in a small skillet till crispy. Meanwhile, bake chicken in a 9×13″ pan at 350° for 20-30 minutes or till juices run clear and internal temperature is 160°. (If you pound it thin, it will bake faster.) Smother both sides of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Bake 3-5 more minutes. Top with bacon and grated cheese and broil for 30-60 seconds or till cheese melts. Garnish with tomatoes and green onions.

Loaded with bacon, cheese, and BBQ sauce, this Monterey Chicken always gets rave reviews. One of my favorite restaurant copycat recipes!

A few more favorite copycat recipes:

Red Lobster Biscuits
Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana Soup
Diner Style Pancakes


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  1. Hi! This looks so good and I think my family would enjoy it….except for the bbq sauce. Is there an alternative to bbq sauce that the chicken will turn out moist and delicious? Thanks!!

  2. This looks so delicious, I had to share it! I featured you here! YUM!

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    You are now my favorite blog because I am OBSESSED with chicken!

    You are now my husbands worst blog because he doesn’t hate chicken, but when wife is cooking we have it a ‘bit’ more often than he likes.

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    • Glad you found me! It’s always nice to hear from someone who likes chicken as much as I do.
      Do you by any chance have an addiction to cookies, muffins, or cheesecake. If so, we are definitely soul mates. 🙂

  4. I bought waaaaay too much chicken the other day. How did you know that this was exactly what I was looking for?? 🙂

    In celebration of reaching 200 followers, I am having my 1st ever link party. If you get a chance, I’d love for you to stop by! This tasty recipe would make a great link!

    Come Link Up With LambAround! WOO HOO!

  5. oo i love knock off too!! I made a Olive Garden Chicken Marsala and it was 100 times better than the resturants! we had a chill’s in jacksonville and I loved it. I miss it so!

  6. Sounds wonderful and I always need a new recipe or two so I don’t get in a rut!!
    Thank you!

  7. U know I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this on Chili’s menu… btw do u sprinkle the raw bacon over the top of the chicken?

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