Sweet & Spicy Barbecue chicken topped with thick cut bacon and smothered in Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar…tell me that isn’t delicious!
I’m not sure who first came up with this idea, but whenever I see it on a menu, something inside just tells me to order it. You don’t have to go out for this dish; it’s really easy to make right at home.
Here’s my version of Monterey Chicken: I start with boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoned with a good dose of my Grande Gringo Mexican Seasoning.
Let it hang out at room temperature while I fire up the grill. For this cook I use my pellet grill set for indirect cooking at 325 degrees. You can use your favorite wood pellet for smoke flavor; I like cherry because it’s a mild, sweet smoke that’s excellent on chicken.
As soon as the grill is ready, place the chicken breast on the cooking rack and let it roll for 20-25 minutes. This is a good time to prep the remaining ingredients. Cook the bacon on a sheet pan in the oven and roughly chop it, grate the Monterey and Cheddar cheese (you could use pre shredded but freshly grated melts better), and chop the green onion for garnish.
At the 25 minute mark I like to start monitoring the internal temp. Use a probe thermometer first set for 155 degrees at first. This is the point where the chicken breasts are glazed with bbq sauce. Transfer each breast to a flat iron skillet and top with Killer Hogs BBQ Sauce. Continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 in the thickest part of the breast.
Then I add crumbled bacon and a ton of both Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese. The skillet goes back on the grill for 3-5 minutes to melt all the cheesy goodness.
Just before serving garnish the chicken with sliced green onions and it’s ready to serve. I don’t anyone who doesn’t like this dish. It’s great served with mashed potatoes, rice, or vegetables and even your kids will eat this one!