I love nachos!!!  Yep, three exclamation points.  Besides being delicious they are quick and easy to make.  Take a few tortillas, cover with your favorite ingredients, and then coat with cheese.  Melt and serve.  Howe easy can that be.    My favorite type of Nachos are Chicken Nachos.


Top with some sour cream and you have a great meal.

Chicken Nachos

  • Chicken marinade
    • 1-2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts (3-4 chicken breasts)
    • 1 tsp salt (fine sea or kosher preferred)
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 3 tbs olive oil
    • 1 lime squeezed
  • 1/2 cup Salsa – homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 8 oz jar jalapenos
  • 14 oz can black beans
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Cube the chicken and then place the chicken in a zip top bag and add the marinade ingredients.  Mix it around making sure that the ingredients touch all of the exposed surfaces of the chicken.  Let sit 20 minutes to overnight.  This can be done the day before making it an even quicker meal.

Next heat a skillet to medium/high.  Add 1 tbs of oil to the pan and then add the marinated chicken.  Saute’ until the chicken is fully cooked.  About 6-8 minutes.

Saute' the chicken
Saute' the chicken

Layer a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  Then cover with tortilla chips.  Restaurant style chips are perfect for nachos as they naturally bend up in one direction and all you to fill them easily.  I also find that assembling the nachos one by one makes for the perfect appetizer.  Granted this takes a little more time, but the finished product is awesome!!

Fill each chip up with chicken.  Then coat each chip in a layer of salsa, black beans and a jalapeno or two. Finally cover with cheddar cheese.

Individual chips make for the perfect appetizer
Individual chips make for the perfect appetizer

Preheat the broiler to high.  Then place the pan in the broiler about 4 inches from the heat.  Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Broil until the cheese is melted
Broil until the cheese is melted

Remove from the oven and top with sour cream and serve.

Quick simple and delicious nachos.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. I love chicken nachos, especially when I use left over smoked chicken. Yours look grate, the marinade sounds like a good fajita marinade too.

  2. MMmmmmmmm! Sometimes my husband and I go to a local place called Millers Ale House. They have chicken nachos there but I have never thought of making them at home. Will be trying these for sure!

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