Sizzling Monterey Chicken Skillet: A Weeknight Wonder

Bring the flavors of California right to your kitchen with this Sizzling Monterey Chicken Skillet, a dish that promises both simplicity and sensational taste. Perfect for those weeknights when you crave something delicious but are short on time, this recipe features succulent chicken breast seasoned with a homemade BBQ spice rub, simmered in a savory tomato puree and red wine (or chicken broth), and finished with a generous topping of melted Monterey Jack cheese. The dish is then garnished with a variety of fresh toppings for an extra layer of flavor and texture. Whether you’re looking to impress your family or just treat yourself, this Monterey Chicken Skillet is sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.


  • 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Topping Ideas:

  • Sliced green onions
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro leaves

BBQ Spice Rub:

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Prepare the BBQ Spice Rub: In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, ground black pepper, sea salt, ground coriander seed, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
  2. Season the Chicken: Rub the chicken breasts evenly with the BBQ spice rub, ensuring they are well coated on all sides.
  3. Prepare the chicken: Warm the avocado oil in a spacious skillet over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken breasts and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Take out the chicken from the skillet and place it aside.
  4. Deglaze and Simmer: Pour the red wine or chicken broth into the skillet to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the tomato puree and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Finish Cooking the Chicken: Return the chicken breasts to the skillet, spooning the sauce over them. Cover and let simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded Monterey Jack cheese over the chicken. Cover the skillet for another 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Garnish the chicken with your choice of sliced green onions, diced avocado, chopped cherry tomatoes, and fresh parsley or cilantro. Serve hot directly from the skillet.

This Sizzling Monterey Chicken Skillet is not just a meal; it’s a vibrant celebration of flavors and textures, perfect for any day of the week. With its rich sauce, melty cheese, and customizable garnishes, it’s sure to satisfy your cravings for something hearty yet straightforward. Pair it with a side of rice, quinoa, or a simple salad for a complete, nourishing meal. Enjoy the burst of flavors with each bite!