Monterey Chicken Nachos

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Shredded chicken tenders, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, tomato, scallion, and a hint of lime make these nachos hard to resist. Perfect for game time or movie night.

Monterey Chicken Nachos
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Nachos is a popular snack in my household as it is in many. My husband is the biggest fan of all and often snacks on this salty, cheesy guilty pleasure. However, he prefers it very plain—with only American cheese and salsa. He's a man with simple needs (haa haa). I, on the other hand, like it to be more substantial with other things going on.

I had tortilla chips and unused chicken tenters in the house and decided to put together a nacho platter. To keep the chicken tender and flavorful, it was seasoned and then steamed. It was then shredded then re-seasoned to encapsulate every bit with flavor. Monterey Jack cheese provided the gooey factor. Tomato, avocado, scallion, and lime juice provided bright fresh flavors and color. I served it plain, but you can add sour cream, crema, or whatever pleases you. 

Monterey Chicken Nachos


My family thoroughly enjoyed these nachos. My son, especially, LOVED it. As he bit into his second bite, he requested that I make it again. (Yes!! Score another one for Mom!) Even though they are young adults, as a mom, nothing pleases me more than to have my kids love what I prepared for the family. Somehow it means even more now knowing that they will be on their own soon. 

Monterey Chicken Nachos


Oh, just because I call this Monterey Chicken Nachos, it doesn't mean that you can't make it if you don't have Monterey cheese. Use what's available...and you get to call it whatever you want. I made a batch after this particular one but had only sharp cheddar. I didn't call it anything—I was too busy shoveling it in my mouth.

Enjoy!



Monterey Chicken Nachos




INGREDIENTS:

1/2 scant tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. chipotle chili pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. boneless chicken tenters or boneless skinless chicken breast
5 tbsp. lime juice, divided    
1 avocado
2 large plum tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped scallion
6 oz. tortilla chips (about half of a 13 oz. bag)
8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese



Instructions:

Bring small amount of water in a pan equipped with a steaming rack to a boil. Don't let the water touch the base of the rack. 

Combine the first six ingredients in a small bowl.  If using chicken breast, cut into 1-inch thick strips. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture onto the chicken. Place chicken, single layer, in steaming rack. Cover and steam for 6 to 7 minutes or until chicken is white throughout. If you have a small steaming rack, you may need to cook in two batches. Shred chicken using two forks. Add 2 tablespoon of the water from the pan and 4 tablespoons of lime juice to the reserved spice mix. Pour over chicken and mix to combine.

Peel and remove seed from avocado. Dice tomatoes. Combine avocado, tomatoes, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a small bowl. 

Preheat oven on low broil with rack on the upper half of oven but not directly under the heat source.

Line a standard size cookie sheet with tortillas. Add layers as follows: half of the cheese; chicken, avocado and tomato; scallion; the remaining cheese. Broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Keep a close eye on it as it will burn quickly.  Makes 4 servings.




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32 comments:

Karrie@TastyEverAfter said...

Yum, yum, yum! I love chicken nachos with any kind of cheese on it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

The Chunky Chef said...

Ooooooh, look at all that cheesy goodness!!! We would devour that :D

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

It is a bit addicting, kind of like potato chips. You can't have just one or two bites—you're not satisfied until it's gone. Thanks for stopping by, Karrie!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Cheese makes us all happy too. Thanks for coming by, Amanda!

Kelly said...

Nachos are my husband's favorite too! These look delicious! Love all those toppings and gooey cheese on here!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

It's easy to see how the husbands like them so much. Nachos are like potato chips...you can never have just one or two. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly.

Karen @ The Food Charlatan said...

These look so good! I love a good Nacho-for-dinner night. The best!

Lily Lau said...

Aww, I love nachos so much... and yours look so good! :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Karen! I appreciate you stopping by!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Lily!

ami@naivecookcooks said...

As soon as I saw what you posted, I decided what our dinner is tomorrow night!! Looks so so good!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Wonderful! I hope you like it!!

Anita Stafford said...

Love this recipe! Must be very tasty and is a pretty dish too!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you so much, Anita!

Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen said...

I do love to eat nachos! These look wonderful. Love all that cheesy goodness!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Christin. Cheese does make everything better!

Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas said...

Ooh how delicious! Love all the combinations going on. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Laura. It is a pretty tasty dish.

Lynn | The Road to Honey said...

Nachos (and pizza) are my two favorite splurge foods. As a matter of fact, if given the choice, I would pick nachos over dessert any day. These look absolutely divine and I can see why the boys made requests for an encore.

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Hi Lynn! Welcome back from your trip. I hope you have had a chance to splurge on your guilty pleasures since you returned. If not, get yourself some nachos or pizza soon! And thank you!

Miz Helen said...

I can't wait to try your Monterey Chicken Nachos, looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
Miz Helen

Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog said...

Congratulations! Your Delicious Nachos are featured at our Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party! Pinned on our Board! Nettie
LINK: http://mooreorlesscooking.com/2015/03/30/simple-supper-tuesday-linky-party-55/

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

I hope you will get a chance to try it out. Thank you for stopping by!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Yeah!! I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you so much for the feature!!

Ashley said...

Wow, these look fantastic! I am a sucker for nachos :)

Amrita said...

this looks FANTASTIC! I can totally see myself making a vegan version for us, those colors pop like crazy. I love anything with nachos in it :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Ashley!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks Amrita! I love looking at all your veganized recipes. They are so interesting and I'm always learning something new.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I could eat Mexican food a couple of times a week. You really have my mouth watering with these nachos. I'll be trying these!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

I'm happy to be fueling your Mexican food addiction, Pattie! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll like it!

April @ Girl Gone Gourmet said...

I'm sure these would disappear fast -- I love all the flavors you used!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, April! It disappears quite quickly in my house!

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