Monterey Jack Chicken


3 - 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

coarse salt and fresh black pepper

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 + 1/3 cups shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

3 - 4 slices cooked applewood smoked bacon


1. An hour or two before cooking pound out the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap using a meat mallet or a skillet to an even thickness. Season with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl - cover with barbecue sauce and marinate in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven or grill to 400 degrees F. Bake or grill the chicken until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 - 175 degrees F.

3. Remove the chicken from the oven, turn on the broiler and sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted about 2 minutes - checking on it every 30 seconds.

4. To serve garnish the chicken with the tomatoes and bacon (you can crumble it or leave it in big pieces).