Super Tasty BBQ Chicken Nachos

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

Got leftover BBQ Chicken? Treat your family and friends to these mouthwatering BBQ Chicken Nachos finished with a selection of all their favourite toppings. Don’t forget the cheese!

These nachos are the perfect game day snack or quick dinner idea featuring leftover Instant Pot Pulled Chicken. Serve with a side of Guacamole and your favourite Pineapple Margarita.

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

Pulled BBQ Chicken Nachos

These super tasty pulled BBQ Chicken Nachos are packed with bites of sweet n spicy chicken, sweet pickled and fresh jalapenos, green onions, and tomatoes all covered with a blanket of melted cheese.

With a prep time under 15 minutes and less than 10 minutes of cook time, you can get dinner on the table in record time. These cheeky nachos are another leftover chicken dinner winner!

Did you know that nachos were invented by a Mexican…for an American (in Mexico!). Though they are the ultimate Tex-Mex dish, they slightly resemble Chilaquiles, a popular Mexican breakfast dish.

A tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with bright red tomatoes, green onions, and candied jalapenos.

Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Nachos

The beauty of making your own nachos right at home is that all you need is a baking sheet and oven. Additionally, you can modify the ingredients according to what you have on hand.

While this particular combination of chicken, cheese, diced tomatoes, green onions, fresh and candied jalapenos is delicious, you can replace any (or all) of the ingredients, including the chicken! Turn taco night into nacho night by using Saucy Crockpot Taco Meat instead of chicken.

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

Tasty Nacho Toppings

  • Leftover pulled BBQ Chicken really makes the flavour of the nachos sing. I always make extra shredded chicken from this recipe, just so I can make these nachos. However, you could shred a store bought rotisserie chicken in a large bowl, pour some barbecue sauce over top and mix it all up. It’s all good!
  • Nachos are also a great way to use up stale tortilla chips because they are reheated and will crisp right back up. I always buy low salt tortilla chips because that is what we prefer.
  • Besides the chicken and tortilla chips, the other toppings are little more than suggestions. Use whatever you have on hand. I suggest finely diced red onions, black beans, marinated banana peppers, pineapple chunks, and black olives in addition to the topping in the recipe card.
  • Finally, choose a cheese that melts well and has enough flavour to stand on its own but not overpower the nachos. For these nachos, I used shredded cheddar cheese however, Monterey Jack cheese is a common choice for nachos.
A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

How to Layer Nachos

Let’s talk layering. This is the single most important skill you need to know before making your own nachos. If you have ever eaten your way through the top layer of nachos to find a layer of plain tortilla chips underneath, you will know what I’m talking about.

I know it may seem like a lot of work, but layering the nachos ensures that each and every bite has tasty bits of chicken and toppings.

To layer nachos, simply divide the toppings (and cheese) that need to go in the oven according to the amount of layers you want in the nachos. Always end with a small top layer of hot toppings and extra cheese.

Save the cold toppings (green onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro) to add when the nachos come out of the oven. Lastly, serve any sauces (salsa, pica de gallo, or guacamole on the side to prevent soggy nacho syndrome.

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Nachos

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Next, spread a single layer of chips on a sheet pan or baking sheet. Scatter 1/3 chicken, jalapenos, and candied jalapenos over top the bottom later then top with 1 cup shredded cheese.

Top with another layer of tortilla chips, then another 1/3 chicken, jalapenos, and candied jalapenos plus another cup of cheese. Repeat, and top the final layer with 2 cups of shredded cheese.

Bake in a 375 F oven until the cheese is melted and chicken is sizzling, about 8-10 minutes. Top nachos with diced tomatoes and chopped green onions. Serve with fresh mango or pineapple salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

Tips for Making the Best BBQ Chicken Nachos

  1. For extra crispy tortilla chips, pre bake them in a 350 F oven for a few minutes. Let cool before layering.
  2. Layer tortilla chips and toppings so that every bit is delicious.
  3. Bake the nachos instead of Broiling them. Baking ensures that all the toppings are heated through, not just the ones on the top.
  4. Serve liquidy dips on the side, for dipping!
A tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with bright red tomatoes, green onions, and candied jalapenos.

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Yield: 4 servings

Super Tasty BBQ Chicken Nachos

A colourful tray of BBQ Chicken nachos with two small side dishes of mango salsa and guacamole.

Got leftover BBQ Chicken? Treat your family and friends to these mouthwatering BBQ Chicken Nachos finished with a selection of all their favourite toppings. Don't forget the cheese!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pulled BBQ Chicken
  • 12 oz tortilla chips
  • 2 tomatoes; diced
  • 4 green onions; chopped
  • 1 jalapeno; finely diced
  • 1/2 cup candied jalapenos
  • 4 cups of cheese; grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Spread one layer of tortilla chips on a baking pan or cookie sheet.
  3. Scatter 1/3 chicken, jalapenos, and candied jalapenos over top this bottom later then top with 1 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Top with another layer of tortilla chips, then another 1/3 chicken, jalapenos, and candied jalapenos plus another cup of cheese. Repeat, and top the final layer with 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  5. Bake in a 375 F oven until the cheese is melted and chicken is sizzling, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Top nachos with diced tomatoes and chopped green onions.
  7. Serve with mango or pineapple pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1132Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 1811mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 7gSugar: 25gProtein: 53g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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29 comments

  1. serena

    We don’t have nachos very often, but when we do we love these!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They’re such a treat! Glad you enjoy them Serena.

      Reply

  2. Lauren Michael Harris

    Give me alllll the different nachos variations! Using BBQ chicken is such a great idea! My family loved these!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They’re kind of a ‘catch all’ appetizer, much like fridge soup is a good fridge cleaner!

      Reply

  3. Toni

    A new favorite nacho recipe at my house! Thanks!

    Reply

  4. Fouzia Husainy

    Love your Nachos Bernice. They look mouth watering and delicious! Feel like eating them from the picture. Beautiful shots taken!

    Reply

  5. Shelby

    Ah the candied jalapeños add a whole new flavor combo to nachos, yum!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They sure do…kind of sweet n spicy!

      Reply

  6. nancy

    totally making this next nacho night! I love the added BBQ chicken and spicy heat to it! I love sneaking in some protein 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes to extra protein on nacho night!

      Reply

  7. Colleen

    Nachos are in regular rotation at my house especially when we have leftover chicken. I like your addition of candied jalapenos!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Colleen, the jalapenos are so tasty with the BBQ Chicken.

      Reply

  8. Liz

    These look mouth watering! We love a good nacho recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I can never resist nachos either!

      Reply

  9. Veronika

    Just made these chicken nachos yesterday and they were gone in 10 minutes! So much flavor, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So glad to hear Veronica! Ours disappeared pretty quickly too.

      Reply

  10. Enriqueta E Lemoine

    Dear Bernice, these are the best homemade nachos I’ve ever made! Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So glad you enjoyed the nachs Enriqueta!

      Reply

  11. Amy Casey

    We love watching football on the weekends and I just added this to my list for our snacks. I love that the recipe uses chicken instead of beef too.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Same! I’m so glad football season is back, especially for the snacks!

      Reply

  12. Sharon

    I could easy these delicious BBQ chicken nachos for every meal! They are loaded with so much yumminess.

    Reply

  13. Heidy

    Good Morning! I just wanted to let you know I found your bbq chicken nachos recipe via Pinterest and decided to make it! I had some of the stuff on hand and right away went to the market and got the rest of what I needed. Excellent instructions and tips! The recipe turned out perfect. Have a wonderful day!
    Heidy

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s awesome Heidi. So glad you enjoyed the chicken. It really is so easy to make and so darn tasty.

      Reply

  14. Ksenia

    These nachos are perfect for a late evening snack for me, as I’m sitting in front of my favourite Netflix shows! I love adding chicken to Mexican food, and the BBQ flavor is perfectly on point t. Can’t wait to make them again

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They make excellent movie/Netflix snacks!

      Reply

  15. Terri

    I love this idea – I regularly have leftover BBQ chicken!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Nachos it is then!! Enjoy Terri.

      Reply

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