99 Flavors of Nachos: #1 Chicken Nachos

I love, love, love nachos, and I’ve come to love chicken nachos more than the ground beef variety.  The flavors and textures of salty, crunchy tortilla ships, spiced, shredded chicken, and gooey, melted cheese, come together so nicely.

Using pre-cooked chicken makes these nachos quick and easy.  I season and roast bone-in chicken breast in a 400 degree oven for about an hour.  Then I shred the meat and place portions into freezer bags for later, which can be used for soups, nachos, tacos, sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, the list goes on…

shredded chicken for nachos

Of course, what would nachos be without lots of cheese?  For chicken nachos, I use pepper jack, Monterey jack, and mozzarella – all soft cheeses that melt well and provide extra gooey-ness.

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For some extra spice, you can add sliced or pickled jalapenos.  Or if you prefer your nachos more cheesy and less spicy, you can omit them (like my daughter’s preference on the left).

Either way, they will be delicious!

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos

  • Servings: about 6
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Nachos topped with shredded chicken, cheeses, and jalapenos.

506 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 ts garlic, minced
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1/4 ts cumin
  • 1 Tb hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 ts olive oil
  • 8-10 oz. tortilla chips
  • cooking spray

Topping Ingredients

  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese, sliced
  • 4 oz. Monterey jack cheese, sliced
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Colby Monterey jack cheese blend, shredded
  • sliced or pickled jalapenos

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 inch pan generously with cooking spray.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet.  Add the shredded chicken and chopped onion.  Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is tender.  Add the taco seasoning, garlic, salt, cumin, and water.  Stir in the hot sauce.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.  Simmer until most of the liquid has cooked off, but not all.  You want the meat to be a little juicy.

3. Spread the tortilla chips in the 9×13 pan.  Layer the sliced pepper jack and Monterey jack over the nachos.  Top with the chicken mixture.  Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheeses on top, along with sliced jalapenos.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

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99 Flavors of Meatballs: #1 Sticky Garlic Meatballs

Since my Sticky Garlic Chicken is so good, I decided to pour the sauce onto some tender meatballs.  The result – tasty!

This dish is spicier than the chicken version because I added crushed red pepper to the meatballs.  If you prefer a milder version, you can omit the spice.  I baked these meatballs in the oven on parchment paper to eliminate the grease.

meatballs to be baked

While the meatballs are baking, you have time to make the sauce.  This sauce is so amazing – what else could I put it on?

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Once the tender meatballs come out of the oven, just toss them with the sauce and serve!

Sticky Garlic Meatballs

 

Sticky Garlic Meatballs

  • Servings: 4
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Tender meatballs tossed in sticky garlic sauce.

354 calories per serving

Ingredients

Meatball ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 ts minced garlic
  • 1/2 ts dried minced onion
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1/4 ts pepper
  • 1/4 ts crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tb soy sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten

Sauce ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)
  • 3 Tb dark brown sugar
  • 2 ts sriracha sauce
  • 1 ts sesame oil
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 2 ts minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tb cornstarch
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 ts vegetable or canola oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

2. Crumble ground beef into a large bowl.  Add all of the remaining meatball ingredients and mix well (mixing with your hands works best).  Form into meatballs and place onto sheet pan.  Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes.

3. While meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce.  Heat the vegetable or canola oil in a small saucepan.  Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and dark brown sugar. Stir in the salt.  In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch into 1/4 cup cold water.  Add to the sauce mixture.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.  Turn the heat off and stir in the green onions.

4. When the meatballs have finished baking, transfer them to a large bowl.  Pour the sauce over the meatballs.  Serve with white rice, fried rice, or rice pilaf.

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