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Cheesy Loaded Chicken Breast

Everybody’s favorite cheesy loaded chicken breast featuring melted cheese, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and honey mustard dipping sauce!

Back when Kim and I first met she introduced me to a restaurant with it’s roots in central Arkansas.

The place was called Colton’s Steakhouse. I looked at the menu and my eyes locked on the perfect dish. It was their loaded chicken.

Tender grilled chicken breast topped with applewood bacon, melted cheese, and sauteed mushrooms. Served with a side of tangy honey mustard dressing.

Once the meal reached the table, I dug in. Needless to say, it was love at first bite. For today’s recipe, we’re sharing our adaptation of that dish.

Kim even grilled the chicken to perfection on our cast iron griddle. If you love Colton’s loaded chicken, then you won’t be disappointed.

Best of all, it only takes about 35-minutes from start to finish. Especially, if you use our tips at the bottom of the post.

In my opinion, the best side dish for this main course is our twice baked potatoes recipe topped with more cheese and bacon!

A close-up of the grilled chicken topped with cheese, and green onions.
How can you go wrong with gooey melted cheddar and smoky bacon?

How to make loaded chicken?

First, preheat the grill over medium heat and brush it will a little oil to keep the chicken from sticking.

Raw chicken sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Always season raw meat before cooking it. Even if it’s going to breaded or topped with other ingredients.

Sprinkle the breasts with salt and pepper and place them on the hot grill. Let them cook for about 8-minutes on each side.

While the meat cooks, go ahead prepare the bacon per the package instructions. Now, we usually cook bacon in the oven so we can multi-task in the kitchen.

Grilled chicken in large bowl.
You’ll only get those pretty marks using a grill or griddle pan.

For example, while the bacon bakes, Kim or I would cook the chicken breast and saute the mushrooms.

Speaking of which, to saute the mushrooms, place a medium-sized pan over low-medium heat and allow it to warm up.

Strips of cooked bacon on a plate.
A flavored applewood bacon is perfect for this dish.

Next, toss in the sliced mushrooms and butter. Let everything cook, while stirring, for about 7-minutes or until the msuhrooms are soft.

Remove them from the heat and set them aside.

Mushrooms being sauteed in a pan with butter.
Nothing compliments mushrooms quite like butter.

Once the chicken is done (a meat thermometer shows 165 degrees F. in the thickest part of the breast) it’s time to assemble the dish.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. and place the grilled chicken into a large baking dish or on a sheet pan.

Four chicken breast cutlets in a large baking dish.
Put the cooked breasts into the pan, then top them with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese.

Then, spoon the mushrooms over the breasts. Afterward, place the cooked bacon strips on top of the sauteed mushrooms and sprinkle with cheese.

After that, put the pan into the oven just long enough to melt all that cheese. It should only take a few minutes.

Shredded cheese sprinkled over the bacon.
Place the shredded cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese on top of the bacon.

Last, remove the pan from the oven and top with diced green onions.

For the true Colton’s experience, make sure to serve the loaded chicken with a side of tangy honey mustard.

That’s it, your cheesy loaded chicken breast is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the meal and we wish you all the best 🙂

The cheese has melted in the oven.
Once the cheese has melted, the loaded chicken is ready to serve.

Loaded Chicken Breast Tips:

  • Experienced cooks can multi-task. When I’m cooking a meal like this, I can bake the bacon, grill the chicken, and saute the mushrooms at the same time. Start with the bacon on sheet pan and place it into the oven, then move on to the chicken. Once it’s grilling, you can saute the mushrooms. Everything should be done within a few minutes of each other. It can be hectic, but with practice, that skill will save hours in the kitchen.
  • Microwave bacon is another way to shave a little time off this recipe. Prepare per the package instructions and move on with your life.
  • Not everybody likes honey mustard and that’s okay. Try using a different condiment like, spicy ranch dressing instead.
  • You can use frozen, pre-cooked chicken breasts for this recipe. However, due to brine in the processed product, it may be way saltier than intended. So, use that tip at your own risk.
The loaded chicken served with a side of honey mustard,
This dish is filling enough to serve without a side.

Don’t forget to check out our Loaded Chicken Breast web story!

Yield: 4 Servings

Cheesy Loaded Chicken Breast

A close-up of the grilled chicken topped with cheese, and green onions.

Everybody's favorite cheesy loaded chicken breast featuring melted cheese, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and honey mustard dipping sauce!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 Lb. Chicken Breast, (boneless, skinless, cut into 4 cutlets)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt, (or to taste)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper, (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Canola Oil, (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Ounces White Mushrooms, (sliced)
  • 8 Strips Bacon, (cooked)
  • 2 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, (sharp, shredded)
  • 2 Ounces Monterrey Jack Cheese, (shredded)
  • 1 Teaspoon Green Onion, (diced)
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey Mustard Dressing, (optional dipping sauce)


  1. Heat a grill or griddle over medium heat. Brush the hot griddle lightly with oil, salt and pepper both sides of the chicken, and place the chicken on the griddle. Cook the chicken for 7 to 8 minutes on each side until the thickest part reads 165° on an instant read thermometer and the juices run clear. Remove the chicken from the griddle and place on a plate. Cover with foil.
  2. While the chicken cooks, saute the mushrooms. Heat a medium skillet over low to medium heat. Add the butter and mushrooms, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mushrooms soften. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 250°, and place the chicken breasts in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. Layer the mushrooms over the chicken breasts. Place two pieces of cooked bacon on each breast over the mushrooms. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the bacon.
  4. Transfer the dish into the warm oven just long enough to melt the cheese. After the cheese melts, remove the pan from the oven, top the loaded chicken with chopped green onions.
  5. Serve hot with a side of honey mustard dressing. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of one chicken breast topped with mushrooms, cheese, bacon, onions, and served with honey mustard. Actual calories will vary. For extra information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 14gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 834mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

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