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Easy Peasy Shredded Chicken Nachos

Updated on July 16, 2015
Easy Peasy Shredded Chicken Nachos
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Nachos are one of those great meals like Bean and Beef Burritos or Hawaiian Haystacks, where you can simply set out all of the ingredients possible and your family members or guests can pick and choose how they want to make their meals.

And how can you go wrong with chips, cheese and tons of wonderful goodies to go on top?

I'm a huge veggie person and would top all of my dinner dishes with extra veggies if it made sense. We had Easy Peasy Delicious Chicken Fajitas last night and I added asparagus and mushrooms to my tortilla, lol.

My husband on the other hand is a typical man and just wanted meat and cheese and cheese and cheese. He would probably have put potatoes onto his nachos had I made some.

For some great recipes that will help you to make these really great, check out my Easy Peasy Cheesy Velveeta Queso Dip, my Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip, and my Fresh Homemade Tomato Salsa.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Good luck!


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people 1 small plate of nachos


  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • 1 large breast chicken
  • 1 (15oz) can refried beans
  • 1 Velveeta Queso Dip recipe, (1lb of Velveeta and 1 can of Rotel)
  • 1 Guacamole Dip recipe, (2 avocados and 1/2 cup of salsa)
  • 15 small cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 large Romaine leaves of lettuce


  1. So I'm getting much better at this whole cooking chicken on the stove thing; even better than my husband I think!
  2. Start by thawing your chicken. How you do so is your choice as there are so many options.
  3. When thawed, place it into a skillet and cook it over medium heat. You'll want to cook it on this first side for about 5 minutes or so, until it turns brown.
  4. While cooking, open up your can of refried beans.
  5. Dump your beans into a bowl and smash them down so you can cook them.
  6. Cover and cook them for about 2 1/2 minutes. Mix them well.
  7. I usually add in 1/2 cup of water to my refried beans to thin them out for nachos so they can be easily spread.
  8. Mix your water in thoroughly and set them aside.
  9. When your chicken has browned on one side, turn your chicken breast over. Turn the temperature on the stove down a notch or two, cover your chicken and cook slowly for another 10 minutes or so.
  10. Start cooking your queso, following my Easy Peasy Cheesy Velveeta Queso Dip recipe. You'll want to keep a close eye on it, stirring frequently, so it doesn't burn.
  11. Now start making your guacamole following my Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip recipe. You'll need 2 avocados, at least a 1/2 a cup of salsa, some lemon juice and some salt.
  12. When your chicken is done all the way through, you'll want to transfer it to a cutting board.
  13. Shred it with two forks to be ready for your nachos.
  14. If you wish to, you'll also want to chop up your tomatoes and lettuce so that it's ready when your nachos are ready.
  15. Lay a plate with tortilla chips and set it near your queso.
  16. Start your nachos by spreading a layer of refried beans on your chips.
  17. Next, spread your shredded chicken on top of your chips and beans.
  18. Now it's time for your yummy queso! I mean, you need cheese for nachos, right?
  19. Dollop your guacamole onto your nachos.
  20. Then your tomatoes and lettuce and voila!
  21. Enjoy!!
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Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 salad plate of nachos
Calories 359
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 16 g32%
Cholesterol 50 mg17%
Sodium 842 mg35%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Personal Review

If you're planning on using chicken in your nachos, I highly suggest shredding it with two forks after cooking it rather than cutting it into chunks.

I guess it really makes a difference what you prefer, but shredded chicken will spread further making it seem as if you have more, allow you to enjoy the tastes of all of your ingredients together rather than huge chunks of chicken alone, and I think taste better!

That's one huge plus about this meal! You can make them exactly like you want to!

You can see in the final picture, that my husband likes Easy Peasy Hamburger Nachos topped with tons of sour cream and even more shredded cheese, whereas I like mine topped with tons of great veggies.

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. This is just one of our bored and needing some nachos kind of recipes. lol Enjoy making it your own!

    • Susan Recipes profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Wow... This is an amazing recipe. Thanks VVanNess for sharing this.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! I would love to know what toppings you chose for yours :)

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome recipe and I would like to try this one. You have great ideas for recipes and in sharing your informative hubs.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Let's see. I think I suggested a few healthier options to another reader like

      -making your own corn tortilla chips (for which I have a recipe for you),

      -making you're own refried beans rather than using the canned version,

      -mixing the guacamole (if you're trying to cut down on fat),

      -making your own cheese sauce rather than using the Velveeta processed cheese,

      -and even piling on the fresh veggies

      I hope some of these suggestions help! Good luck!

    • TotalHealth profile image


      7 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Your shredded chicken nachos recipe looks delicious! This is a perfect weekend snack after a long hard week of work and training. I'm curious, what other ingredients could I add to the flavor mix while keeping the dish relatively healthy?

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was even more fun to eat! :)

      Thanks for your comment.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This sounds (and looks) so good. What a great photo tutorial. Thanks!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Then I guess it just matters what specific ingredients you use in your nachos.

      -You could use corn chips instead of flour, or you could even make your own for a healthier version

      -You could make your own refried beans instead of using the canned version

      -You could forgo the guacamole altogether (where most of the fat lies)

      -Finally, you could make your own cheese sauce instead of using the processed cheese of Velveeta, etc.

      (Prepackaged products tend to have much more fat and sodium than necessary.)

      You could even use tons more veggies than I did along with all of these other suggestions and really make this a much healthier meal. Thanks for the thoughtful comments!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      I bet this is not 18 grams of fat for I would never eat that many fat grams at a meal and being chicken and beans couldn't be much so you may want to recheck that. It looks really good and I will try it because it makes it so easy on the cook! Just put it all out and let everyone fix their own, my kind of meal!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      See! :) You should share the recipe!

    • kidscrafts profile image


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are right... I spend also quite a lot of time in my kitchen. Right now I am in the middle of preparing two Dutch breads. I am waiting for the yeast to rise :-)

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      7 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Lol I do eat all of the time. :) What's really great is that with some of our meals, I can create 2-3 recipes. So it may seem like we have way more meals, but consider how many you eat every day and how many different recipes you use to make each one. The number might blow you away. Lol

      I'm also trying to make new meals so I have new recipes. Last night I made chile rellenos for the first time (they were delicious) and also discovered how to make a great homemade enchilada sauce at the same time (which I'm considering using in some hamburger enchiladas tonight). :)

      I would love to have you over any day! Lol Thanks for the wonderful comment.

    • kidscrafts profile image


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It looks good! Great pictures!

      When I see all your recipes, I feel like you eat all the time :-) LOL May be I should come one of these days to share the lunch with you ;-)

      Have a great day!


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