Recipe video above. Crispy chips loaded with juicy Mexican shredded chicken, plenty of melted cheese and toppings of choice. Your new favourite way with nachos! This chicken is a terrific all-purpose Mexican chicken, especially great in Tacos.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time10 minutesmins
Total Time25 minutesmins
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: chicken nachos, nachos recipe
250g / 8 oztortilla or plain corn chips(Note 1)
Shredded chicken for nachos, recipe follows
250g / 8 oz (2.5 cups)shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (Note 2)
Place Nachos Seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the chicken broth and mix to form a loose paste.
Add chicken, turn to coat in paste.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken for 3 minutes on each side (reserve paste left in bowl). Remove chicken into a shallow dish.
Return skillet to stove. Add remaining chicken broth, tomato paste, sugar and scrape in any paste left in the bowl. Mix to dissolve, scraping base of pan, and bring to simmer.
Meanwhile, shred chicken with forks, or chop (don't worry if raw inside).
Return chicken into sauce, toss and simmer for 3 minutes until sauce reduces down to a thick sauce. Adjust salt to taste. Keep warm.
Place ingredients in a bowl. Use potato masher to mash to desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Place half the corn chips slightly overlapping on a tray. Top with half the (warm) chicken and cheese.
Top with remaining chips and cheese. Bake 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Garnish with coriander/cilantro and jalapeño. Serve immaterial with quick Guacamole and sour cream.
1. Corn Chips - use sturdy chips that can hold up to the weight of all the toppings! I like lightly salted or even unsalted - I find full salt corn chips too salty with all the toppings and cheese. Favourites - Natures Earth from Harris Farms, Tostitos lightly salted Tortilla Chips and Macro Organic Corn Chips (latter 2 from Woolies, Coles). But Doritos and other mainstream brands will do in a pinch!2. Cheese - my favourite cheese for Nachos is Monterey Jack* (see post for more info). Cheddar, tasty cheese, Colby and shredded Mexican Cheese* blends are also firm faves, but any melting cheese will do here. I skip mozzarella because it doesn't have as much flavour as other cheese.* ??Australia - Get these at Costco3. Precooked meat - make this with any shredded or diced precooked chicken or other meat (eg Carnitas) that's not overly seasoned with other flavours as follows: Make seasoning paste per recipe, toss through cooked meat, then sear lightly in the pan to reheat and make a bit golden. Remove from pan, and proceed with recipe as written. If precooked meat is already well seasoned, scale back the salt & spices in this recipe slightly (use recipe scaler at top of recipe card)4. Lime juice - loads of sub options here, just need something to help make a loose paste that adds either sour OR sweet. Lemon juice, cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or even orange or apple juice, or other plain fruit juice (can't taste it at the end). If using a fruit juice can probably skip sugar in sauce. Last resort - just add tiny splash of water.5. Nutrition per serving, includes chicken, corn chips, cheese and guacamole. Excludes sour cream.