Calling all nacho lovers! Elevate your nacho game with with this mouthwatering BBQ Chicken Nachos recipe. This recipe is packed with smoky, sweet BBQ chicken, gooey cheese, and a medley of toppings. It's the perfect recipe for game nights, movie marathons, or dinner!
This recipe needs just 5 basic ingredients or less but you can add on to your BBQ chicken nachos recipe. You will need:
- Tortilla chips
- Shredded mozarella cheese
- Chicken, cooked, shredded
- Barbeque Sauce (we used Stubb's)
- Black beans
- Chopped bacon bits
- Black beans
- Chives or cilantro
- Sour Cream (optional)
Step 1: Prep the BBQ Chicken: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and brush with the BBQ sauce mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through. Let cool slightly, then shred the chicken with two forks.
Step 2: Build the Nachos: Spread a layer of tortilla chips on a large platter or baking sheet. Top with desired toppings like black beans, corn, onion, and cooked BBQ chicken. Then sprinkle generously with both cheeses.
Step 3: Get Toasty: Bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Step 4: Fiesta Time! Garnish with your favorite toppings and dig in! Fresh cilantro adds a burst of brightness, while jalapenos provide a spicy kick. Don't forget the sour cream, guacamole, and salsa if you like!
You will want a baking sheet to cook your nachos.
There are plenty of substitutions you can make in this recipe to accommodate your dietary preferences and needs.
- Dairy free: Substitute any dairy free ingredients you might need to use like dairy free cheese or sour cream.
- Vegan: Feel free to use any dairy free ingredients and meat substitutes.
- Vegetarian: Swap the BBQ chicken for crumbled tofu, black beans, or even grilled vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers.
Unfortunately, it's best to serve these nachos hot and fresh.
- Use a variety of tortilla chips for added texture and fun.
- Get creative with toppings! Olives, chopped onions, shredded lettuce, even pineapple chunks can be delicious additions.
- Serve these nachos alongside your favorite dips and drinks for a full-blown fiesta! I suggest trying these nachos with our theater style nacho cheese sauce or a glass of blue curacao lemonade.
Absolutely! Leftover shredded chicken, rotisserie chicken, or even canned chicken work great in this recipe. Adjust the baking time depending on how pre-cooked your chicken is.
Sure! Swap the BBQ chicken for crumbled tofu, black beans, or even grilled vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers.
Go for it! Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the BBQ sauce, sprinkle some chopped jalapenos on top, or drizzle with hot sauce before serving.
Yes you can make the chicken ahead of time, but wait to assemble the tortilla chips and nachos until ready to bake. The tortilla chips may get soggy if assembled too soon.
BBQ Chicken Nachos Recipe
- baking sheet
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup your favorite BBQ sauce sweet, smoky, or spicy, your choice!
- 1 large bag tortilla chips 16 ounces tortilla chips
- 3 cups shredded cheese--cheddar mozzarella, or monterrey jack
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
- Optional toppings: sliced jalapenos sour cream, bacon bits, red onion, cilantro, corn, guacamole, salsa, avocado slices, chopped red bell pepper, chives
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Arrange the chicken breasts in a baking dish and generously brush them with the BBQ sauce mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes until thoroughly cooked. Once done, allow the chicken to cool slightly before using two forks to shred it into smaller pieces.
- Spread a layer of tortilla chips evenly on a large platter or baking sheet. Add your preferred toppings such as black beans, corn, onions, and the prepared shredded BBQ chicken. Sprinkle an ample amount of both cheeses over the toppings.
- Place the assembled nachos into the preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheeses melt and form a bubbly, golden layer.
- Once out of the oven, enhance the nachos with your favorite garnishes. Fresh cilantro will add a burst of freshness, while jalapenos offer a spicy kick. Accompany your creation with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa for added flavor!