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Air Fryer Monterey Chicken on a pan
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Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Seasoned chicken breasts covered in barbeque sauce, shredded cheese, crispy bacon, and a chopped tomatoa and green onion mix.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, instant pot shredded chicken breast, monterey chicken
Servings: 4
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 large chicken breasts(about 8 oz each) cut in half to make them about 4 oz each
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (I use G Hughes Sugar Free BBQ sauce, but any kind will do)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese (I love the Kroger brand's blend of Reduced Fat colby jack, monterey jack, cheddar, and mozzarella)
  • 4 slices center cut bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • Avocado Oil Spray (you can find this in any grocery store near the other cooking sprays. I prefer using this, but any cooking spray will work)

Topping (optional)

  • 1-2 roma tomates (seeded and diced)
  • 3-4 green onions (green and white parts) (diced)
  • you can also do Pico De Gallo on top


  • Preheat Air Fryer to 360 degrees.
  • Mix together garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spray chicken on both sides with avocado oil spray then rub with the spices. Place in the Air Fryer and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Flip chicken over and brush each side with evenly with BBQ sauce then top with cheese and bacon.
    (It works out to be about 1 tbsp of sauce, 2 tbsp of cheese, and 1 slice of center cut bacon per piece of chicken if you want to be super accurate)
  • Continue to cook chicken in the Air Fryer for an additional 6-8 minutes.
    *It really depends on the thickness of your chicken how much longer it will need. I always recommend using a meat thermometor to temp your chicken to determine if its done or not. I take it out around 162ish degrees and set on a plate for a few minutes to finish cooking and let the juices redistribute.
  • If you choose to, top them off with chopped tomatoes and green onions or pico de gallo.


Serving size: 1 piece of chicken with toppings. 

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204 calories, 5.7g fat, 2g saturated fat, 3.5g carbohydrates, 0.4g fiber, 0g sugar 41.4g 

*WW Points and Nutritional information figured by using G. Hughes Sugar Free BBQ Sauce if you use a different type of BBQ Sauce please note that the nutritional info and points may change.