Monday, February 4, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

I've learned a lot about football in the past year. I watched every game with Mr. LH this season and asked so many questions about the rules and whatnot. I think he enjoyed teaching me. And I can actually watch a game now and know what's going on. Well, with every game, we had to have our game day snack. Even though I've started to enjoy the game, the food is still the best thing about football.

One weekend, snow fell and I couldn't get out to the grocery store for game food. I  raided the fridge and freezer and came up with these buffalo chicken nachos. Although that was the same weekend our Broncos lost to the Ravens in the playoffs (a bad omen for our choice of snack food), the nachos were so good we decided to have them again for the Super Bowl.


Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Chicken:
1-2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil
2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, divided (more or less to taste)

Tortilla chips:
12 Corn Tortillas
Hot Oil (for deep frying the chips)

Toppings:
4 oz. Montery Jack Cheese, grated
2 green onions, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
Bleu Cheese or Ranch Dressing

Chicken:
  • Heat 1 - 2 Tbs vegetable oil  in a skillet.
  • Fry chicken breasts in skillet until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from pan.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Cut chicken breasts into cubes and return to skillet.
  • Pour 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce over the chicken pieces and stir to coat.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove chicken from skillet, add additional 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce to chicken and set aside.

Tortilla chips:
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut tortillas 4 at a time into 8 triangles (see photo).
  • Drop tortilla triangles several at a time into hot oil being careful not to overcrowd (I can do about 16 triangles at a time)
  • When chips are lightly golden, remove from oil and transfer to a cooling rack (I place a cooling rack over a baking sheet with a layer of paper towels to catch drips)
  • Store chips in a 200 degree oven while you finish cooking the remaining chips.
  • I'm sure you can bake the tortillas instead of deep frying them, but I haven't tried it yet.



In a large oven-safe dish, layer chips, half the grated cheese, all the chicken, then the remaining cheese. Place in the 200 degree oven until cheese melts.

Top with green onion, celery and dressing. Serve with additional hot sauce and dressing on the side.

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By the way, despite hard feelings, we rooted for the Ravens in the Super Bowl. We figured if we had to lose in the playoffs, at least we should lose to the team that ultimately took it all. There's always next year.



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