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BBQ Chicken Nachos

March 5, 2019 (Last Updated: December 30, 2019)

Looking for an easy and delicious twist on the classic nachos? Look no further than this baked BBQ Chicken Nachos recipe!

It wasn’t too long ago I was asked what my final meal would be, and without hesitation the answer ‘NACHOS’ flew out of my mouth. Soon after I realised there was no recipe on my site (whaaaaaaat!?). So, here we are, I’m glad you’ve joined me, let’s get into it.

BBQ Chicken Nachos on a tray with sour cream in the middle

BBQ Chicken Nachos

We all know and love the classic nachos combo – cheese, topped with guac, sour cream and salsa, maybe some ground beef too. So, I thought I’d mix things up this time. Let’s welcome to the party BBQ Chicken.

Before we get into the who, what, when, where and why, let’s check out just how easy this recipe is.

How to make BBQ Chicken Nachos in 6 steps

  1. Dice chicken breast into tiny chunks
  2. Combine with smoked paprika, garlic powder and seasoning.
  3. Fry until white through the centre.
  4. Stir through BBQ sauce and place to one side.
  5. Layer tortilla chips, bbq chicken, cheese, onion & chilli. You can place a pot ready for a dip in the centre if you desire.
  6. Repeat with second layer and bake.

Easy right?

How to make BBQ Chicken Nachos - Step by step photos (6 steps)

How to layer nachos

For me, it’s always gotta be double decker. I find that a single layer sometimes falls a little lackluster (unless you’ve got a bucket of toppings). Start with a sturdy tortilla chip, then your meat, followed by cheese and finished with any garnish/veg. In this case I’ve gone for chilli and red onion, which pair perfectly with bbq chicken. Simply repeat a second layer and you’re good to go! 

Make ahead nachos

I actually don’t ever recommend making nachos ahead of time, just for the pure fact they go soggy WAY too easily. For this recipe you could make the chicken ahead of time and pop in the fridge until needed. Just bring it back to room temp before you layer up.

Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

You could absolutely use rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Just cube or shred, then combine with your paprika, garlic powder and bbq sauce. 

BBQ Chicken Nachos Cheese Pull Fresh out the oven on a tray

What cheese to use for nachos?

For BBQ chicken nachos I keep it fairly simple with 3/4 cheddar and 1/4 mozzarella. However, to pack in even more flavour, you could use Monterey Jack Cheese! 

When to serve BBQ Chicken Nachos?

I mean really, do you ever need an occasion? 😂 But in all seriousness nachos do tend to be the perfect sharing appetizer at a gathering, but most specifically for game day! Perfect finger food, easy to make and a total crowd pleaser. Hey, whilst you’re here, check out my other game day snacks!

My other Game Day Snacks!

Dipping Nacho into Pot of Sour Cream

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How to make BBQ Chicken Nachos (Full Recipe & Video)

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Looking for an easy and delicious twist on the classic nachos? Look no further than this baked BBQ Chicken Nachos recipe!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 581kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 14oz / 400g Chicken Breast, diced into very small chunks
  • 3/4 cup / 200g good quality BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Tortilla Chips, as needed (see notes)
  • 2 cups / 200g Cheese of choice (see notes)
  • 1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Red Chillis, thinly sliced & deseeded if desired
  • Cilantro/Coriander, finely diced to serve
  • Sour Cream, to serve
  • Olive Oil, for frying


  • Preheat oven to 180c/356f. In a bowl combine your chicken, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
  • In a pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium/high and add your chicken. Fry until white through the centre then pour in your BBQ sauce. Stir to completely coat the chicken then place to one side.
  • In a suitably sized tray, spread half your chips, topped with half your chicken, then half your cheese and finally half your onion & chilli. Repeat with second layer. You can also leave space for the dip as I do in the video if youโ€™d like.
  • Bake in the oven for 15mins or until golden and gooey. Serve with a sprinkling of coriander/cilantro and a pot of sour cream.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Tortilla Chips - I use approx 200g/7oz, but work to preference/size of tray.
b) Cheese - For BBQ Chicken Nachos I use 3/4 Cheddar and 1/4 Mozzarella. Monterey Jack cheese would also work great!
c) Calories - Based on sharing between 6 people, with no sour cream and using 1 tbsp olive oil to fry the chicken.


Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Nachos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 581 Calories from Fat 259
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.8g44%
Saturated Fat 9.592g48%
Trans Fat 0.478g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.758g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.101g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 1176mg49%
Potassium 420mg12%
Carbohydrates 49.49g16%
Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugar 12.68g14%
Protein 31.37g63%
Vitamin A 1550IU31%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 330mg33%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For another delicious and easy BBQ Chicken Recipe, check out my Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza!

Smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza overhead with wedges and sour cream and chive dip

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  • Reply
    August 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I love how you talk about food and your recipes. So normal, so not over the top, and SO enjoyable!! It’s like I’m in the kitchen with a brother!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Haha, love it!! Glad you’re enjoying the posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    March 7, 2019 at 12:14 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious twist on natchos! This would be great with leftover chicken as a quick meal! Thanks for sharing this. Debbie, VA

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

      You’re so right – perfect for leftover chicken!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2019 at 12:07 am

    5 stars
    Those are some serious nachos! EVERYONE in my house would devour them. Such a great combination of flavors, and I love that it can be a full meal!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Valentina! I love this combo so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    March 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    5 stars
    Oh yum! I seriously want to dive into that plate of nachos. Haha. They look amazing!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Lisa!! They’re so delish

  • Reply
    March 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    5 stars
    wow this chicken nacho recipe sounds so delicious and tempting. Being vegetarian I will try this with Indian paneer. You have beautiful photographs, drooling here.

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Oh perfect! That sounds like a great sub. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    March 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    I could make a meal out of these delicious nachos. Party perfect. Movie night perfect. Kid friendly. Totally delicious. I think I need to make some this weekend.

    • Reply
      March 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Gloria! You totally should!

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