Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ahhh...Monterey, California

Yum

Ahhh, Monterey, California.  When you think of that town, isn't this just what you pictured?  Rocky coasts along a gorgeous shoreline.  Just breathtaking!

Or maybe you think this...


Is that what you think of?  A pack of seals (is that what you call a group of seals?) lazing about on the docks?  Perhaps it is a little bit of both.  Monterey is a beautiful area of the country and when we traveled there with our children, when they were young, they were fascinated by the seals.  Not sure the residents feel the same way.

But, actually I was thinking chicken?  I sure was!  We had a chicken dish out there called (yes, it really was) Monterey Chicken and I think Chili's actually serves something very similar.  It really has nothing to do with Monterey other than the type of cheese, but it is delicious and reminds me of that trip!

Monterey Chicken
You will need:  
2 boneless chicken breasts
3 Tbsps honey
3 Tbsps soy sauce
3 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsps chopped garlic
salt to taste
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
8 slices of cooked, crisp bacon (cook this first and have it ready when chicken is done)
8 Tbsps BBQ sauce (see an earlier post about making your own)

Mix together the honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and salt in a shallow dish.  Cut each chicken breast in half, so that you now have 4 chicken breasts.  Place chicken breasts into the mixture.  Marinate for 30 minutes, flipping chicken over several times to coat in marinade.  Place the dish with the chicken and the marinade in a 375 degree oven.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
When the chicken is done, top each breast with 2 Tbsps BBQ sauce, strips of bacon and Monterey Jack cheese.  Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Who knew Monterey Jack cheese could magically transport you to Monterey, California even if it is just in your mind!!!  (Hey, it's a lot cheaper that way!)

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!

Christine