Shredded Chicken Nachos with Pico de Gallo

Total Time:
2 hr
30 min
1 hr 30 min

6 servings

  • For the Chicken:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast diced into 3-inch strips
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • For the Nachos:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2 cups grated sharp yellow Cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 to 10 cups corn tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, for garnishing
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos, for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnishing
  • For the Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Emeril's Red Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Chicken:

Set a wide-mouthed 3-quart saucepan with lid over medium-high heat and add the oil to the pan. Season the chicken pieces with the chili powder and salt and toss the evenly coat. Add the chicken to the pan and sear for 3 minutes per side. Add the onions to the pan and saute for another 3 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and saute for 1 minute. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low heat and cover. Continue to cook the chicken until very tender, about 1 hour, stir the chicken to shred it and continue to cook, covered, for another 30 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, stir and mash to shred the chicken meat and add the lime juice to the chicken. Set aside as you prepare the nachos.

For the Nachos:

Pico de Gallo, for serving, recipe follows

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat and whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not allow the flour to color. While whisking constantly, add the milk in a steady stream. Add the green chiles and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and bubbly. Add the Cheddar, salt, and cayenne pepper and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Cover and remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large, ovenproof shallow casserole or on a large baking sheet, spread half of the tortilla chips in an even layer. Top with half of the chicken, and half of the Monterey Jack cheese. Top with the remaining tortilla chips and chicken. Pour the hot cheese sauce over the chicken, then evenly spread the remaining grated Monterey Jack over the top. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the nachos are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with the sliced green onions, sour cream, pickled jalapenos and cilantro. Serve with the Pico de Gallo alongside.

Yield: 6 servings

For the Pico de Gallo:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all the ingredients and pulse until the salsa is of uniform consistency but still slightly chunky, about 7 pulses. Transfer to a bowl and set aside until ready to serve the nachos.

Yield: 1 cup

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Awesome! We skipped the pico and just used salsa, but this cheese sauce is great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome, can never go wrong with Emeril's recipes. I followed through the entire recipe with the same ingredients....out of this world!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only have 30 minutes to cook this dish, so had to replaced chicken and Pico de Gallo with store bought carnita and salsa. it still taste really good! Can't wait to follow the recipe and make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these all the time. The first time - last fall - it was very time consuming, but I've got it down to a science now. Store bought chips for one thing, although I have made lots of homemade tortilla chips in my day and they are wonderful. The first time I made this, I made the cheese sauce. I didn't like it much, it was grainy and made a mess. So I now buy jarred queso cheese; there are lots of varieties of them from white queso to queso salsa, etc. I hope it's not sacrilage to do that to one of Emeril's wonderful recipes, but it's pretty darn good! The chicken is the absolute star of the show and I cook it like this all the time for many other things. Tomorrow night the girls are coming to my deck for some margaritas and nachos. Can't wait to show off this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super Bowl touchdown! Scored big points with my husband, son & their friends! Excellent flavor in the shredded chicken. Smooth blend on the creamy sauce. A well balanced taste in every bite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only part I've made is the shredded chicken, and it is soooo good! I use it in enchiladas and plan to use it in BBQ chicken sandwiches! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to shredded chicken, it makes the whole house smell unbelievable! I use it for nachos, enchiladas, tacos, etc. I do add a tsp or two of cumin every batch. The pico can be made with fresh roma tomatoes as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Emeril's recipes are always great!.. This one was no exception! One thing I did was use store bought tortilla chips to make it easier. The chicken did have a lot of liquid so at the last 30 min. I left it un-covered. I also added a few dashes of cumin while it simmered. The flavor was great but I wasn't sure why only the first layer had queso sauce; it was a little dry on the underneath chips. I served with some hot refried beans so people could put it on top if they wanted, sour cream, scallions and pico-de-gallo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nachos were great, chicken was out of this world! This is a go-to ckicken recipe around this house from now on!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so good, so good! It comes out more like a casserole, which I think is better for reheating. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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