Smoky Mountain Chicken

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Smoky Mountain Chicken

4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Italian dressing

Salt & Pepper

1/2 cup barbeque sauce

20-24 very thin slices of smoked ham

4 slices muenster or provolone cheese

1/2 cup diced scallions

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 lime

Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for 4-6 hours.  Season liberally with salt and pepper then grill* low and slow until just done (about 30 minutes).  Baste chicken generously with barbeque sauce on both sides the last 5 minutes of cooking time.  Top each piece of chicken with 5-6 slices of ham then one piece of cheese.

Remove chicken to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted (or if using a gas grill, turn off heat and cover until cheese is melted).  Toss scallions and tomatoes with juice from the lime then sprinkle over chicken pieces when ready to serve.  Serve with extra barbeque sauce on the side (or if you're feeling really snazzy, drizzle the chicken with barbeque sauce before adding the tomatoes and onions).

*When cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I usually fold the thin edges under before placing on the grill to create a more even thickness to ensure it doesn't dry out (as boneless, skinless chicken is prone to do).  You can also just bake or pan-fry the chicken if you don't feel like grilling it

This would be a great dish to feed a crowd as you can prep everything up to the oven stage and then bring to temperature when melting the cheese.