When are nachos automatically perfect for every meal? When they are chicken nachos piled high with cheese and the perfect blend of Mexican spices. Make a big batch and share ’em or keep them all for yourself!
Ooey gooey melted cheese, chicken and tomato sauce blended together for a fantastic lunch, dinner or game day snack. At just 25 minutes from start to finish, chicken nachos are an easy way to change up a classic and enjoy something that you already know you love with a little extra oomph.
You can easily double or even triple this recipe if you want to feed a crowd. Just spread your chips on a big baking sheet and broil them up–want to make it even easier? Make the chicken and sauce the day before and refrigerate for another day (you could even freeze it!). Warm them before adding to the chips and it will almost feel like no work at all.
It’s practically a vacation. The kind where you float on your pool raft in your hot pink swimsuit and do the chicken dance along to the beach resort’s band–completely unaware that you’re being watched by a few hundred people. Not that I would know anything about that. Ahem…. moving on….here’s your recipe:
- 1 in large boneless skinless chicken breast split half into two thinner pieces
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for the sauce
- 8-10 drops hot sauce
- dash of salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 20 or so tortilla chips
- sour cream green onions, or toppings of your choice
- In a bowl, make the spice mix for your chicken: blend the oregano, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- Coat the chicken on both sides with the spice mix, pressing it in well; set aside.
- In a medium skillet, melt the oil and butter. Add the chicken and cook about 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is done; turning once during cooking.
- Set aside and allow the chicken to cool slightly while you make the sauce.
- To the oil and butter in the skillet, add the tomato sauce, garlic powder, hot sauce and extra salt and pepper.
- Simmer until just reduced and a little thicker; about 5-7 minutes or so, then turn off the heat.
- Using two forks or your hands, shred the chicken as finely as you like it.
- Add the chicken to the sauce and stir to coat.
- On a baking sheet, pile up half the tortilla chips and top with half the chicken. Repeat with the other half of the chips and chicken then top with shredded cheddar.
- Broil until the cheese melts and it hot and bubbly--about 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from the oven and add the toppings of your choice.
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