LOADED BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHOS

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The best things in life are meant to be shared. Please remind me of that this upcoming football Sunday when I am HOARDING these Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos to myself.

Don’t be surprised if you find me whispering “my precious” over them and viciously swatting away the hands of friends and family members who are eager to try a bite.

seriously, I will tackle you linebacker-style if you try to grab a nacho in all of its buffalo chicken glory without asking nicely first. Be warned.

So, it’s football season and I’m all amped up because my team is doing well for a change, and I’m going all-in with the appetizers this year. And everyone knows that the number one way to do appetizers on game day is to load up on the buffalo sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 bag tortilla chips
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FOR THE BUFFALO CHICKEN:

  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded (you can use rotisserie chicken, prepare in the crock pot, or poach them until cooked through, which is what I did here)
  • Franks buffalo hot sauce, to taste (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ranch seasoning

FOR THE RANCH QUESO:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb white american cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Monterrey or pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1–2 tablespoons powdered ranch seasoning

ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • 10 slices pickled jalapenos, or to taste
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Buffalo sauce, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss together the shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and powdered ranch seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Make sure the chicken has a good coating of buffalo sauce, but you don’t want it to swim in it. You will add a drizzle of buffalo sauce to your nachos in addition to the sauce on the chicken. Cover and set aside to keep warm.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream to a simmer. A handful at a time, stir in the cheeses, making sure they’ve completely melted before adding the next handful. Keep stirring and add in the ranch seasoning.
  4. Put a thick layer of nachos on the bottom of a cast iron skillet, and top with 1/2 of your buffalo chicken, making sure to get some in the nooks and crannies so all of the chips have a little chicken. Drizzle some of the queso on top.
  5. Add a second thick layer of tortilla chips, top with the remaining buffalo chicken, and drizzle again with queso. You will have queso leftover. Serve this on the side with additional nachos if you’d like, or save it in a refrigerated container.
  6. Add jalapenos, green onions, and blue cheese to taste, and drizzle with a tiny bit more buffalo sauce if you’d like. Remember, you don’t want to overdo it and wind up with soggy nachos.
  7. Place the nachos in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the blue cheese crumbles JUST begin to melt and the chicken is heated up. Serve warm.
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