Delicious and Juicy Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast
Are you looking to add some sizzle to your grilling routine? Look no further than this delicious recipe for smothered grilled chicken breast. This recipe takes traditionally grilled chicken and elevates it to a whole new level with a savory and succulent smothering of sautéed vegetables, crispy bacon, and gooey melted cheese.
I promise you, this smothered grilled chicken breast recipe is the perfect way to impress your guests, leaving them coming back for seconds and even thirds. The best part? It’s easy to make, even for the novice grill master.
As an assistant BBQ chef, I know that there’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking up a delicious meal on the grill. The smoky aroma of grilling meat and vegetables wafting through the air is enough to get mouths watering. And that feeling of accomplishment when you take a perfectly charred, juicy piece of chicken off the grill is hard to beat.
So if you’re ready to take your grilling game to the next level, gather up your ingredients and let’s get started on this mouth-watering smothered grilled chicken breast recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of grilled chicken, you’re in for a treat with this smothered grilled chicken breast recipe. In just a few easy steps, this dish packs the flavor punch you’ve been craving all year long.
To start off, we’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been marinated in a delicious blend of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper for 10 minutes before grilling. What’s great about this marinade is that it’s simple yet effective and really allows the natural flavors of the chicken to shine through.
Once the chicken is done cooking on the grill, it’s time to get smothering. Sautéed onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms are piled high on top of the grilled chicken along with options like bacon bits or BBQ sauce to take things up a notch. And don’t forget the star attraction- melted cheese! We’re using a combination of sliced American cheese and mozzarella cheese for a melty, gooey topping that will make your taste buds dance.
But what sets this recipe apart from other smothered chicken dishes is the addition of lemon pepper seasoning. The tangy flavor balances out the richness of the cheese and the savory veggies for a truly mouthwatering experience.
This dish is versatile enough to serve with anything from crispy fried chicken thighs to creamy mashed potatoes or even a fresh Caprese salad on the side. Whether you’re feeding picky eaters or trying to impress guests at your next BBQ cookout, this smothered grilled chicken breast recipe is sure to be a hit.
Here is a comprehensive list of ingredients you will need to make the mouthwatering smothered grilled chicken breast recipe.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 6 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
- 2 ounces grated American cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 4 teaspoons garlic powder
Optional Ingredients (for Variations)
If you feel adventurous, provide a new adventure to your tastebuds by trying these add-ins and variations.
- Jack cheese
- Fried chicken thighs
- Gravy recipe
You can serve the smothered grilled chicken breast with any of these side dishes.
- Mashed potatoes
- Caprese chicken
- Mushroom queso
All these ingredients can be easily found at your local store, so don’t hesitate to try this fantastic recipe right away!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we’ve covered why you’ll love this smothered grilled chicken breast recipe, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of how to bring this delicious dish to life.
To make this grilled smothered chicken recipe, you’ll first need to gather all of your ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- BBQ sauce
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 8 ounces shredded American cheese
Grill Chicken Breasts
First, season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper seasoning. Place the chicken breasts on a preheated grill over medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked. You can also use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature; it should read 165°F (74°C).
Make the Smothering Sauce
While the grill is heating up, it’s time to make the smothering sauce. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the onions and green bell peppers in olive oil until they are softened. Then, add in the mushrooms and sauté for a few more minutes.
Next, stir in the BBQ sauce until everything is well coated. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Assemble and Smother Chicken
Once your chicken is cooked through, remove it from the grill and transfer it to a baking dish. Spoon the smothering sauce over each chicken breast. Top with crumbled bacon and shredded American cheese.
Broil until Cheese Melts
Place the dish under the broiler at high heat until the cheese has melted and started to bubble.
And there you have it — a perfectly grilled and smothered chicken breast! Serve this delicious dish with mashed potatoes or alongside your favorite salad for a satisfying meal.
Substitutions and Variations
The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility – you can easily make it your own by experimenting with different flavor combinations. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:
– Cheese: Instead of using American cheese and mozzarella, you can use other melty cheeses like brie, jack cheese or queso. Make it extra gooey by topping the chicken with queso for a deliciously rich finish.
– Vegetables: While bell peppers and onions are classic choices, you can switch things up with other veggies. Try mushrooms, zucchini or eggplant for a heartier meal. You could even add some chopped spinach, kale or arugula for a nutritious punch.
– Sauce: Don’t limit yourself to just barbecue sauce! Try adding different sauces to the mix like teriyaki, sweet chili or buffalo sauce for a zesty kick. You could also try making your own gravy by mixing some chicken broth, flour and butter in a saucepan.
– Meat: Although chicken breasts are the star of the show, you can substitute them with other boneless meats like pork chops or beef steaks. For a vegetarian option, try using portobello mushrooms or tofu instead of the chicken.
– Pairings: While mashed potatoes make for a classic side dish, you can pair this smothered chicken with other sides for a complete meal. Try serving it with rice pilaf, roasted vegetables or a Caprese salad for a fresh contrast.
Whether you’re looking to switch up your go-to recipe or experiment with new flavors, these substitutions and variations will take your smothered grilled chicken to the next level. The possibilities are endless – get creative and make it your own!
Serving and Pairing
This smothered grilled chicken breast recipe is a delightful dish that can be served with a variety of sides and drinks. The chicken breast has a juicy texture with a flavorful combination of different ingredients like onions, bell peppers, barbecue sauce, and bacon. The final touch of the melted cheeses wrapping each chicken breast makes it an unforgettable experience.
For sides, you can keep it simple with grilled veggies like asparagus or zucchini to balance out the rich flavors of the chicken. Mashed potatoes would also be a perfect option for soaking up all the delicious gravy that oozes out from the chicken breasts. A crisp and refreshing green salad with vinaigrette dressing would add a lightness to the meal.
As for drinks, a cold beer or a chilled glass of white wine would do the job right. Alternatively, lemonade or an iced tea would provide a sweet and refreshing taste to go well with the savory flavors of the chicken.
This smothered grilled chicken breast recipe is versatile enough to pair with different items depending on your preferences. Whether it’s for casual gatherings, family meals, or special occasions, this dish is sure to leave everyone satisfied and content.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Congratulations on successfully cooking this lip-smacking Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe! Are you planning to make it ahead of time for a party or gathering? Or do you have some leftovers that you want to store for later consumption? Well, not to worry as I have got you covered.
Make-Ahead: You can definitely make the chicken marinade and chop the vegetables a day or two in advance. Marinate your chicken breasts overnight or for at least 2-3 hours to tenderize and infuse maximum flavor into them. You can even prepare the dish up until it is time to grill the chicken and store it in the refrigerator. Then, when it’s time to grill, simply remove from the fridge and let it come to room temperature before grilling.
Storing: Store the leftover grilled smothered chicken breast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. To prevent moisture from forming, place a paper towel between each breast half. Alternatively, you can also freeze the cooked chicken in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to three months. Make sure to label and date the bag so that you don’t forget how long it has been stored.
Reheating: You can reheat your grilled smothered chicken breasts in many ways based on your preferences. The most effective method, however, is reheating in an oven or air fryer at a low temperature of around 300°F or until heated through – usually around 10-15 minutes depending on how much chicken you’re reheating. For added moisture, reheat the chicken with a tablespoon of water or barbecue sauce poured over it. Alternatively, you can microwave leftover chicken in 30-second intervals and check between intervals until heated through without becoming overcooked.
With these simple tips, your grilled smothered chicken breasts will be just as tasty as they were when first served!
Tips for Perfect Results
After preparing the ingredients and following the steps to cook your grilled smothered chicken, it’s time to focus on the finishing touches to ensure an outstanding result. Here are some expert tips that will help you achieve perfect smothered chicken breast:
Firstly, make sure not to overcook the chicken breast. Overcooking will undoubtedly result in a dry and rubbery texture. Checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer is essential to guaranteeing perfectly cooked chicken. Cook your chicken breasts until they reach 165°F (73°C) at the thickest part.
While cooking, avoid piercing the chicken breasts with a fork or knife frequently. This will cause juices to escape, contributing to undesirable dryness. Use tongs or a spatula instead of forks and knives.
Another essential tip for perfect smothered chicken is proper seasoning. Adding spices, herbs, and marinades can enhance the flavor of your dish. I recommend adding lemon pepper seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and smoked paprika before grilling your chicken breasts. The secret is always in the details.
To add an oomph of flavor and texture, top your smothered grilled chicken with crispy bacon bits and shredded cheese. You can use American cheese, mozzarella cheese or even crumbled blue cheese for added richness.
Lastly, let your smothered chicken rest for a few minutes before serving. Once it’s off the grill, cover it with aluminum foil, and let it sit for about 5-8 minutes. This method allows for juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat and results in more moist and tender meat.
By following these expert tips and recommendations, you’ll have perfectly cooked and flavorful smothered grilled chicken breasts every time!
Now that you have learned how to make the delicious smothered grilled chicken breast recipe, it is natural to have some questions about certain aspects of the recipe. In this section, we answer the most frequently asked questions about the recipe, its ingredients and optional variations. So, let’s jump into the FAQ section and find answers to common queries that you may have.
How do restaurants get their chicken breasts so tender?
If you’ve ever wondered how the chicken in your go-to stir fry dish at a Chinese restaurant is always so tender, there’s actually a simple trick they use called Velveting Chicken. By using baking soda, they’re able to tenderize the meat quickly and easily. The best part? This method can be easily replicated at home and can also be used for beef.
How to cook chicken breast so they are tender and juicy?
As we prepare to transform these chicken breasts into culinary masterpieces, our first step is to flatten them. This will ensure they cook evenly and retain tenderness. After this, generously apply your desired seasoning to both sides of the chicken breasts.
Next, we’ll heat up a pan to the perfect temperature. Once the pan is heated, we’ll carefully place the chicken breasts onto the surface and let them cook uninterrupted for a minute over medium heat. This initial sear will help lock in flavor and juices.
After the minute has passed, it’s time to flip the chicken breasts. Lower the heat to a gentle and consistent low, and cover the pan. Cooking the chicken for ten more minutes while covered will guarantee that it is cooked through and through.
Now, turn off the heat and let the chicken sit for an additional ten minutes. This resting period, which is often overlooked, is essential in making sure the chicken remains moist and flavorful as juices settle within the meat. Once done, the chicken can be served and enjoyed to its fullest extent.
How do you keep chicken breast moist on the grill?
Want your grilled chicken breasts to turn out juicy and delicious every time? All you need is a quick soak in a brine solution made up of 1/4 cup kosher salt and 4 cups of water for just 30 minutes. The brine solution will help the chicken retain its moisture during the grilling process, preventing it from drying out and becoming tough. Give it a try for your next BBQ!
What is the best way to cook chicken breast so they don’t dry out?
When cooking chicken breasts, it’s important to avoid overcooking them, as they tend to become dry and less flavorful. To ensure succulent and tasty chicken breasts, high-heat cooking methods such as skillet-cooking, stir-frying, grilling, or roasting/baking them are ideal. Among these, stovetop cooking is particularly convenient as you can prepare a delicious sauce in the same pan.
In conclusion, the Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe is a mouthwatering delight that will have you savoring every last bite. This recipe’s combination of juicy boneless skinless chicken breasts, bell peppers, onions, and an array of delicious condiments like barbecue sauce, olive oil, and bacon bring together a flavor explosion that is sure to please.
With its easy-to-follow directions, substitutions and variations options for added creativity, and serving suggestions that make it a versatile meal for any occasion, this recipe is perfect for all kinds of gatherings.
Whether served with mashed potatoes or as part of a queso smothered caprese chicken dish, this recipe is sure to satisfy your craving for a delicious and filling meal. So why wait? Get your hands on the Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe today and start grilling up some of the best smothered chicken breast recipes you’ll ever taste!
Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 2 tablespoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices American cheese
- Sprinkle chicken breast with Lawry’s seasoning salt.
- Place on grill cook over medium heat until done.
- Cook bacon in large skillet. When bacon is done drain skillet, leaving about 1 tsp of bacon grease.
- Place skillet back on stove on low heat and saute mushrooms, onions and peppers for approx 15 minutes or until tender.
- Place cooked chicken breast on baking sheet. Cover each breast with BBQ sauce.
- Place 2-3 slices of cooked bacon on each chicken breast and cover with sauteed mushrooms, onions and pepper, a slice of mozarella cheese and a slice of American cheese.
- Place cookie sheet with chicken back on grill just long enough to melt cheese.
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Shara @The Bird BBQ
Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.