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Anyway, I tend to cook out at least 3 or 4 times a week during the spring and summer. We do lots of burgers and dogs, but I also love a juicy grilled steak or some fall-off-the-bone ribs.
But one of my all-time favorite meals is my Cheesy Monterey Chicken. This is very similar to dishes found at Chili's and Outback Steakhouse. Plump, juicy chicken breast, sauteed mushrooms, thick sliced bacon, and a mound of cheesy goodness.
The best part? This dish uses 5 ingredients that you've probably already got in the fridge, and goes from grill to table in 30 minutes or less, making it a perfect weeknight meal solution!
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Sauteed Mushrooms (I like Baby Bellas, but any kind will work!)
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
- Crisp Bacon
- BBQ Sauce (I like KC Masterpiece Original Recipe, since it has the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.)
I highly recommend beating your meat for this recipe. Hey now, don't get too excited. I mean beating the chicken with a meat tenderizer. This will get the chicken to a uniform thickness, which allows for even cooking. If you don't have a meat mallet, you can use a soup can.
I like to marinate the chicken for a few hours in the BBQ Sauce to infuse the chicken with more flavor, but this isn't at all necessary. You can just dip it in the sauce before grilling if you're short on time.
Place the chicken breasts a couple of inches apart on the grill. We want direct heat, here. Remember to dip that chicken in some tangy BBQ sauce before you slap it on the grill. You're going to want that smoky, sweet flavor all over your chicken!
Once the chicken is done, the only thing left to do is plate it up and dig in! I served this chicken the other night with a roasted broccoli and potato side. This side was super easy to make, and I even used some "liquid gold" aka bacon grease for added flavor. (Look for this recipe soon!)
You can use any sides you'd like, though. Some great suggestions include pasta salad, a baked potato, corn on the cob, or any other summery side. Get creative! Cooking is supposed to be fun, after all!
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What are your go-to summer meals? I'd love to hear about them!