Chicken Tinga Nachos Recipe

Oct 16, 2012 1:01 pm

Loaded nachos go even further South of the border

spicy chicken nachos recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw
Make these spicy chicken nachos for your next tailgate or nacho-appropriate party. But make a double batch.
 

When the FDA finally comes out with their list of Top 5 Most Important Tailgating Foods (should be any day now), I expect to see nachos close to the top. As I demonstrated recently with our other nacho-centric Test Kitchen creation, Baja Fish Nachos, a good topping can elevate a simple party dish into...dare I suggest, a meal?  

I cut a few corners on the chicken tinga, spicy shredded chipotle-braised chicken that loves nacho toppings, condensing it into one pot to keep things convenient. I mean, do you want an awesome snack in time for kickoff or what? 

Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the chicken tinga
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
1 bay leaf
1 jalapeno pepper, split, seeds removed
1/2 small can chipotles in adobo sauce
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
5 whole cloves
For the nachos
1/2 large bag tortilla chips
8 ounces monterey jack cheese, coarsely shredded
sour cream and cilantro, to garnish
Directions: 

For the chicken tinga: 

  1. Heat a tablespoon of canola oil in a medium oven-safe saucepan over medium heat. Add the chicken and brown all over. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Heat the other tablespoon of canola oil and sauté the onions, garlic, bay leaf and jalapeno until fragrant, 5-7 minutes, then add the chipotles, chicken stock and cloves. Bring to a boil, mashing up the chipotle peppers with a wooden spoon, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken back to pot, stir to coat completely, cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours, then remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 
  5. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it and set it aside.

To assemble the nachos:

  1. Pile the chips on a serving platter, then distribute the shredded chicken evenly over the top. 
  2. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top, then microwave for the minimum amount of time necessary to just melt the cheese — shouldn't be more than 10 seconds. Don't let those chips get soggy.
  3. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro and serve immediately. 
Level of Difficulty: 
Easy
Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
2 hours, 30 minutes
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