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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chicken Nachos

Alright, I have to give credit where credit is due, so here's to some dear friends of ours that got me HOOKED. And I do mean HOOKED! :) Brian used to be a fireman and if I understand correctly, these "birthed" in their kitchen, and Brian truly makes, hands down, THE BEST of these Chicken Nachos that I've ever eaten! Wish he still lived closer! :)

2 bags corn tortillas
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg taco seasoning
few drops of Tabasco
1/4 c water
2 lbs cheese (3-4 cups)

Cut the corn tortillas into 8 pieces, so you have 8 from each tortilla. I usually take about 4 tortillas and cut all at once to make this part faster! :) Then, deep fry these if have a deep fryer, or just in some oil in a saucepan on your stove until they are lightly golden. We have a deep fryer and I usually know they are done when they stop "sizzling." Let them drip on a paper towl and salt them. Once all the chips are fried, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put the chips in a flat layer on the bottom. Meanwhile, be grilling your chicken, either on your outside grill or on your foreman inside. Once it's grilled, food chop it real small and then throw it in a frying pan on the stove. Add the taco seasoning package contents, the water and the few drops of Tabasco and just simmer for a few minutes so the seasoning has time to soak into the chicken. Once that's done, sprinkle that all over the layer of chips. Then, top with the cheese listed above evenly. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, just enough time to melt the cheese because nothing is "cooking." WATCH OUT! You won't be able to stop! :)

NOTE: If you want, you can top these nachos with really anything you like, green onions, salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, etc. Whatever makes you happy! :) We like ours plain most of the time because it's SOO MUCH FLAVOR alone! :)


the Cavens said...

This looks yummy! Have you ever tried it with store bought chips instead of making your own? Just wondered if that would wreck it.

Joanna said...

Elizabeth, GREAT QUESTION! Really, these have to be made with corn tortillas that you yourself deep fry at home. Sure, you COULD use store bought, but fresh prepared tortilla chips at home are SO DIFFERENT than the tortilla chips you can buy in the store. My recommendation would be to buy and make! :)

Anissa Le Nae Cowley said...

You could make the chicken with spices in advance and freeze. Then it cuts the cooking time in half when you're in the mood to make them. Especially since frying the homemade chips takes some time.