Grilled Chipotle Honey-Glazed Chicken Nachos with Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce, Avocado Relish and Charred Jalapenos

Total Time:
9 hr
30 min
8 hr 10 min
20 min

6 to 8 servings

  • Chicken with Ancho and Lime Marinade:
  • 8 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup lime juiceb
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • Chipotle Honey Sauce:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pureed canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Spanish paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Blue corn tortilla chips, for serving
  • Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce, recipe follows
  • Avocado Relish, recipe follows
  • Charred Jalapenos, recipe follows
  • Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups whole milk, heated
  • 16 ounces Monterey jack, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Avocado Relish:
  • 3 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno chile, finely diced (you can use more chiles if you want it spicier)
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Charred Jalapenos:
  • 8 jalapeno chiles
  • Canola oil, for brushing
Chipotle Honey Sauce:
  • For the chicken and marinade: Place the chicken thighs in a bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ancho chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, garlic and black pepper in a small bowl and pour over the chicken. Cover the chicken and refrigerate overnight.

  • For the chipotle honey sauce: Whisk together the honey, canola oil, ancho chile powder, chipotles, mustard, ground coriander, ground cumin and Spanish paprika. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken well with salt and pepper and place the chicken thighs on the grill at a 45-degree angle to establish good grill marks. Once the chicken easily releases from the grill, turn it over to continue cooking. Start brushing the thighs with the chipotle honey sauce every few minutes. Once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, or its juices run clear, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Slice the chicken.

  • Layer the tortilla chips, top with sauce, chicken, relish and jalapenos.

Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce:
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 2 cups of the warm milk, increase the heat, bring to a boil and continue whisking until the sauce thickens and the flour taste has been cooked out, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove the sauce from the heat and slowly whisk in the cheese a handful at a time. Continue whisking until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Set aside.

Avocado Relish:
  • Combine the avocados, serrano, onions, lime juice, oil, honey and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Fold in the cilantro until combined.

Charred Jalapenos:
  • Brush the jalapenos with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until charred all over, about 6 minutes.

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