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Stir fry is a dish of stir-fried meat, vegetables, and/or noodles. It is usually cooked in a wok or frying pan with oil over high heat.

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How to make stir fry with skillet

Got 20 minutes? This Skillet Monterey Chicken is just what you want to make for dinner tonight…trust me! Chicken, barbecue sauce, bacon, and glorious cheese come together in this delightful yet simple dish. Sure to become a regular request at your home! Looking for quick and easy dinner ideas? Make sure to try this Tater Tot Casserole and yummy Stuffed Shells1

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Monterey Chicken

A few weeks back we took the kids out to dinner and a movie. We all agreed to go to Chili’s, one of our favorite restaurants. We got there and I already knew what I was going to order: Monterey Chicken. It’s my favorite there. A juicy chicken breast topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese – it’s all my favorites in one dish!

As I was scanning the menu, my heart slowly began to sink – I couldn’t find the Monterey Chicken on the menu, anywhere. I calmed myself down, surely they would make it to order, right? No and no. Sadly, very sadly, no.

monterey chicken top down view in skillet with broth

Anyone Can Make This Dish At Home

I consoled myself with fajitas and vowed to make some Monterey Chicken that very week. I did and I’ve made it twice since then. Seriously, the EASIEST recipe and I can get dinner on the table in just about 20 minutes. I usually have all the ingredients needed right in my pantry and fridge so it’s super accessible. Bonus – my family also LOVES this dish!

I made it for my Dad and brother a few weeks ago before they all left for the King’s game. (It cuts back on the amount of nachos consumed…) They immediately asked for the recipe.

If you’re a big fan of all the flavors you can find in a Monterey Chicken recipe, make sure to try my Monterey Chicken Potato Skins – they are AMAZING!

skillet monterey chicken in white enamel cast iron skillet

Let’s Talk Ingredients

So let’s talk about how few ingredients you need for this Monterey Chicken familycuisine.netn. And that includes the tomatoes and green onions that are used as garnish. Seven.

  1. chicken breasts
  2. bacon
  3. barbecue sauce
  4. Colby Jack cheese
  5. chicken stock
  6. tomatoes
  7. green onions

The tomatoes and green onions might be considered a garnish generally speaking, but they are a must for this recipe. This tomatoes and green onion really brighten up the flavors immensely. I also have used chives in place of the green onions and that is super delicious as well.

What To Serve with Monterey Chicken

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Since this is a chicken dish, the options are really endless. I frequently find myself serving a side salad or veggies along with the Monterey Chicken. Here are some of our favorite sides:

  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  • Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Quick and Easy Dinners

I am a big fan of a quick skillet dinner. Or any quick and easy dinner for that matter. Chicken is definitely one of our go-to proteins and we make chicken recipes at least twice a week.

This skillet Monterey Chicken definitely checks all the boxes and happens to be a family favorite as well. It’s so simple to make.

After frying up the bacon, I brown the chicken quickly in the bacon grease. The stock is then added to the skillet and the chicken simmers for several minutes, just until cooked through. The result? Super juicy and flavorful chicken breasts that no one can resist!

close up of monterey chicken in skillet topped with tomatoes and green onions

This dish is truly the perfect easy, weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love! And you’re going to love how quick clean up is 🙂

More Fantastic Dinner Recipes

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  2. The BEST Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
  3. Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
  4. The BEST Turkey Meatballs with Herbed Gravy
  5. Rotisserie Chicken and Rice Casserole

How To Make Monterey Chicken

Originally published February 11, 2016.


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