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Try This Quick and Easy Chicken Nacho Dinner Recipe

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Try This Quick and Easy Chicken Nacho Dinner Recipe

Nachos are one of many families' favorite meals. Whether you’re having them while watching football with friends or just want an easy to prepare a meal on a busy night, nachos are always popular.

Sometimes we make nachos as simple as just chips and cheese, but that usually feels like too much of a cheat and not like a real meal. But the truth is that it’s not very difficult to make more of a full meal out of nachos. This chicken nacho dinner is easy and quick and everyone is guaranteed to love it.

Too often we fight the temptation to go to fast-food restaurants for dinner. We try to avoid fast food for dinner, both because it’s unhealthy and because it’s easy to blow through our food budget for the month. When you're low on time, however, resisting the urge can be hard. That's why recipes like this are so great.

Nachos are a satisfying alternative to fast food. They’re still just as tasty and easy to make. In fact, we can often prepare nachos in less time than it would take to go through a drive-thru. But the good news is that even though nachos aren’t the absolute healthiest meal, they’re still a lot healthier than a greasy burger and fries. And they are a fraction of the price to prepare, which means that you can save your money for more important things.

Easy Chicken Nacho Recipes

This recipe is better than the simple chips and cheese because it has more ingredients. Because it includes chicken, black beans, and salsa, it packs more nutrition. The chicken has protein, the black beans have fiber, and salsa is full of antioxidants.

But even though the recipe has more ingredients, it doesn’t take a lot more time to prepare. In fact, the whole meal comes together in about 20 minutes. That’s one of our top rules for meals that stay in our regular cooking rotation: it can’t take too long to make. Anything that takes too long means that on busy days, we're more likely to opt for take-out instead.

The chicken is easy to add because you don’t even have to cook it. If you use leftover chicken from a previous night’s dinner or buy a rotisserie chicken from the store, it cuts down on the cooking time significantly. You just have to rinse the beans and pour the salsa over the chicken and tortilla chips, then melt cheese over the whole thing in the oven for about 10 minutes. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

The best thing about this meal, other than how easy and quick it is to prepare, is that cleanup is a breeze. Since you’re only using one pan to cook them—the cooking sheet or similar to cook them in the oven—you will have virtually nothing to wash after dinner. You can just move on with your night with full bellies and a happy family.

Nachos with Chicken

Even though nachos have a reputation for not being the healthiest food, you can still do a lot to make this recipe more health-conscious. These nachos with chicken are not terribly unhealthy to begin with since they have only a few simple ingredients.

One thing that makes this recipe healthier than other nachos is the choice to use chicken rather than ground beef. Chicken is much lower in fat than ground beef. It’s also healthier because it uses baked tortilla chips instead of regular fried chips. You could even say these nachos are practically a health food already.

But if you want to make them even healthier, you can add extra vegetables to it. Good vegetable choices for nachos include peppers (jalapenos if you like it spicier!), onions, corn, and lettuce. However, even though you could make nachos healthier by using low-fat cheese, we don’t recommend it. Low-fat cheese simply doesn’t melt very well.

Although the recipe doesn’t specifically call for it, you can add sour cream on these nachos. You can top your nachos with chicken with sour cream, guacamole, and maybe a few sliced black olives or green onions to make a more deluxe version.

Nachos are the kind of simple, unpretentious food that will always make it on our list of regular meals that we make. It’s always guaranteed that families will love them. Try these nachos with chicken and we bet your family will love them as much as our families do.

Can You Make This Recipe With Your Kids?

Do you want to make this recipe with your kids' help? Well, you can! This recipe is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen with you. It's important to teach your kids how to cook, so that they're adequately prepared for adulthood.

Teaching them how to make simple recipes like this one will equip them for their own busy adult lives. They'll feel a lot of relief having these quick and easy recipes, just like you do right now. Plus, any time you cook with your kids is a great opportunity to have fun and bond.

This recipe is very simple, so it should be easy to find tasks for your children to do. We recommend giving each child their own task, so that everyone feels included in their own special way. Make sure each child is supervised while handling food or any kitchen utensils, to prevent any accidents.

We hope you enjoy this fantastic recipe! We're sure your kids will, especially if they're able to help make it. Kids often enjoy what they make with their own hands more than what someone else makes for them. They'll be eager to see if their recipe turned out right!

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Chicken Nacho Dinner

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  • Author: Sommer Medford
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


This recipe is better than the simple chips and cheese because it has more ingredients. Because it includes chicken, black beans, and salsa, it packs more nutrition. The chicken has protein, the black beans have fiber, and salsa is full of antioxidants.


  • 6 cups baked corn tortilla chips
  • 4 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken (such as rotisserie chicken or leftover roasted or grilled chicken)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, mild or sharp


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Arrange the chips in the bottom of a shallow roasting pan.
  3. Top the chips with the chicken, beans, salsa and cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
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