This is one of the BEST grilled chicken recipes you will ever make!!! I'm totally serious here. The flavor is out of this world.
I want to eat this every single week for the rest of grilling season.
It's so easy to make and only a few ingredients are needed. It starts off with boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. Then, you marinate the chicken in an extremely flavorful marinade that comes in a packet. If you don't want to use this marinade, you can always skip that part, but I like the extra flavor it adds. You can find it at the grocery store by all the other marinade and gravy packets.
Then, after marinating for a few hours, throw it on the grill and baste it with barbecue sauce several times throughout cooking. Top with crisp smokey bacon and spicy Pepper Jack cheese and that's all you have to do to end up with one of your new favorite meals :)
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Grilled BBQ Chicken with Pepper Jack and Bacon
4 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 pkg. McCormick Grill Mates Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade,
plus ingredients on pkg. needed to prepare marinade
1/2 c. of your favorite barbecue sauce
8 slices bacon, cut in half and cooked until crisp
4 large slices Pepper Jack cheese
Prepare marinade according to package directions. Place marinade and chicken breasts in a large, heavy-duty, zip-lock bag and allow to marinate for several hours in the refrigerator. When ready, add marinated chicken to a preheated hot grill and cook on both sides until chicken is cooked through, basting each side several times with barbecue sauce as it cooks (it should register 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer when it's cooked through).
Turn off heat to grill and top each chicken breast with four of the bacon strip halves and one slice of cheese. Close lid for a minute or two to allow the cheese to melt. Remove from grill and serve.
Jenn's Notes: I like to bake my bacon, so it lays flat. Cover a baking sheet with foil and top with a wire rack. Spray rack with cooking spray and lay out the bacon strips. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.