Monterey Chicken Ponderosa Recipe

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The Monterey Chicken Ponderosa is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the smoky flavors of grilled chicken with the tanginess of barbecue sauce and the creaminess of melted cheese. This dish is perfect for a summer barbecue or a cozy family dinner. The chicken is marinated in a zesty sauce, grilled to perfection, and then topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, and melted cheese. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the Italian dressing over them. Seal the bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and discard the excess marinade.
  4. Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and place them on a baking sheet.
  6. Brush each chicken breast with barbecue sauce.
  7. Top each chicken breast with crumbled bacon and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  8. Place the baking sheet with the chicken under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Sprinkle chopped green onions over the top of the chicken breasts.
  10. Serve the Monterey Chicken Ponderosa hot with your favorite side dishes.