Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Redemption. I made a horrible dinner the other night. I mean I would rather eat a shoe horrible. Usually I’m the last person to sit down at the table…grabbing condiments, cutting up food for the little minions, or taking garlic bread out of the oven. So when I sat down and actually took a bite of the dinner that I had not yet even taste tested, I was a little shocked at how blah it was.

I said to John with a plastered smile on my face and sugary inflexion to disguise my disgust, “This dinner is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E.”

John said stalling, “Umm…”

And this is where being known as a man of few words has its benefits. And John, being the smart husband he is, learned ages ago that less is more when expressing your feelings about a not so good meal.

So we that we all sat there and choked down the second worst meal I have ever made. We had already threatened the kids that if they didn’t eat we would take away their Wii and hot tub privileges. So what consequences did I get if I didn’t eat? No more chocolate? No more Diet Dr. Pepper?

These Buffalo Chicken Nachos were all about proving that I still had it in me to make a meal that made my man happy. We had both been lusting after these nachos ever since we spotted them in a copy of Food Network magazine I bought for our flight to Hawaii. I was planning on waiting until March Madness to try these out but today is National Tortilla Chip Day so it seemed fitting.

And just so you know after I took this picture I piled on way more blue cheese and celery.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Ranch flavored tortilla chips (I used Cool Ranch Doritos)
  • 4 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Frank's Buffalo Wing sauce
  • water
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup chopped celery

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Spread tortilla chips on a rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow dish.
  2. Bring wing sauce and 1/2 cup water to a simmer. Add shredded cooked chicken; heat through. Strain the chicken (reserving the sauce) and spread over ranch-flavored tortilla chips. Top with shredded cheddar.
  3. Bake in the upper third portion of the oven until cheese is melted for about 5-7 minutes. After nachos are baked top with blue cheese, chopped celery and the reserved wing sauce.

Notes

Note: All these measurements are approximate. As with any nachos, adjust ingredients to your personal preference.

Source: adapted from Food Network

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  1. This looks like a fun one! I love Buffalo Chicken everything….I made Buffalo Chicken lasagna in the slow cooker a few weeks ago…..so now I think we need to try this one!

  2. @Melissa,
    Ooh, I’ve had a buffalo chicken slow cooker lasagna bookmarked. How was it?

  3. LOVE nachos!! Looks cheesy delicious!!

  4. That definitely looks like redemption to me!

  5. Nachos are such an awesome comfort food. Oh my!

  6. Ok…I will admit, I can’t stand buffalo chicken….however, I am pregnant and with this pregnancy, I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!!!! So, I saw these and about died! I can’t wait to make and eat them! THANK YOU!!!

  7. We love buffalo chicken anything around here! I will have to mark these to try next time we are craving that classic flavor combination.

    On a side note; thank you for sharing about your dinner ‘failure’. Everyone always expects anything I make to be awesome. Recently, however, I made a cheesecake for my MIL birthday and it was a total ‘failure’. Because it was cheesecake I obviously could not try it before hand so it was quite embarrassing so serve it to everyone tasting bad! : (

  8. Combining the two best things in the world, Nachos and Buffalo chicken. This looks like my kind of meal.

  9. Oh these look so yummy. We love Buffalo chicken any way we can get it.

  10. Add me to the “I’ll take Buffalo Chicken in any way, shape or form” list! This looks great.

  11. your dishes look yum ! will definitely try them…. you can also view n follow my blog http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com/ .. will be really happy !

  12. YUM! Those nachos look so great! As far as pub food goes, Buffalo Wings and Nachos are always a good pick…but a combo of the two! Amazing!

  13. deslish, I love that sauce! Just posted a recipe using the same stuff. have a nice weekend

  14. Oh YUMMM! My family will love this recipe! Don’t know how I found your blog but glad I did…..wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    CHEERS!
    Celeste
    http://shallowocity.blogspot.com

  15. Yum…. i recently made veggie buffalo nachos… these look just as appetizing. I love buffalo chicken so chicken nachos would be amazing too. I’m drooling as I write this. :-)

  16. I know I would love to eat this for a meal! Looks incredible!

  17. friend, you are a genius. ridiculous!

  18. Ooh ooh that looks b.a.d!! I have to make this pretty soon. Looks absolutely delicious.

  19. Made these tonight for dinner (minus the celery, because I most awesomely forgot it at the store not once, but TWICE now) and I have to tell you, it was MOUTHGASM from beginning to end! My boyfriend kept laughing at me because whenever I came up for air I would groan and say, “Oh my gawddddd, these are the BEST NACHOS EVER!”

    I wound up using Tostitos Hint of Pepperjack chips instead of Cool Ranch Doritos, and I layered the chips/chicken/cheese twice, and it was spectacular. I did everything but lick the dish.

    Thanks for posting this!!!

  20. Just got finished eating these for dinner and they’re yummy! The only thing I think I’ll change next time is to use regular tortilla chips instead of the ranch flavored variety. I think they were a little salty with the ranch chips and you really didn’t need the extra flavor. Everything else was perfect though! Very tasty and easy to put together! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  21. Featured this in my Food Trends article today, looks delicious! http://www.recipelionblog.com/food-trend-buffalo-chicken-recipes/

  22. Stumbled across these and had to make them! Oh man, they are good!! Instead of the blue cheese and celery though, we used jalapenos and sour cream! Delicious!!

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  24. These are soo good??

  25. Yum, can’t wait to try these!! Have to admit I barely made it down to the recipe though, the story of your meal failure about made me wet my pants. I SO feel ya, I would of taken myself out for ice cream afterwards. :)

  26. Found these on Pinterest and just made them for dinner. They were SOOOO good…feel like I’m gonna pop cause I ate so many. Thanks!!!

  27. I made these twice within the past week! everybody raved about them and they were WONDERFUL! however, the first time i made them I only put the chicken, cheese, basically everything on the top layer of the chips! this made the bottom chips dry & with nothing on them – the second time i made them i layered the cheese, chicken, etc with multiple layers and they turned out MUCH better! just a suggestion :)

  28. Yum!! Instead of wing sauce, I mixed equal parts Frank’s hot sauce with Cattleman’s Tangy Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce and it was to die for! It cut the saltiness and added a yummy, tangy sweet flavor. I, like many above, could eat buffalo chicken on ANYTHING.

  29. Making these to tonight!! Thank you!

  30. I made these a few weeks ago for a dear friend (who managed a Mexican restaurant for years). He is STILL talking about how delicious they were! Will definitely be making them again!!! We used regular tortilla chips instead of the ranch (was worried about salt overload), used sour cream as well. I’ll probably include some typical nacho toppings next time, but these were absolutely amazing!!!!

  31. just made this for the superbowl. i used ground chicken instead since it’s less time consuming. looks great! can’t wait to try it. here’s a picture of it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151414179534539&set=a.10151235390719539.487015.502479538&type=1&theater&notif_t=like

  32. Made this for a Super Bowl party and it was the first thing gone! So delicious!

  33. I love these! I’ve been on a mission to make it through all the chicken in my freezer and this was a perfect recipe to help me on that quest. I made them before I went to work and they were an instant hit with my roommates. I came home and more than half the pan had been gobbled up! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

  34. I love this recipe! I have made this so many time’s, mostly by request. I did switch it up just a little and added half block of creamcheese to it crumbled. After you add the chicken sprinkle it all over the top of it and continue making it as called for. I got some who cant handle the heat so it calmes it down some! Thank you for sharing your recipes with us! Its So Good!

  35. DROOL. I totally need this for dinner tonight!

  36. I made these for a family dinner the other week and they were a HIT. My 13 year old nephew said “these are stupid” which apparently means awesome in 13 year old language?? ANYWAY, I substituted gorgonzola for blue cheese cause that’s what I had and it was perfect, I also used green onions instead of celery and it was a great addition! I had plain tortilla chips on hand and used those but I can only imagine just how “stupid” my nephew would have found these if I used cool ranch chips :)

    • Love your blog! I discovered it this past Christmas, and it has been our ‘go-to’ site for every family get-together ever since. When the kids come to visit, I have them pick something that looks amazing, and we try it out. Have never been disappointed!! This weekend we are getting together with my son, his wife and their new baby girl and they have requested the buffalo chicken nachos. Looking forward to trying them. Thanks for the great recipes!

  37. We had some left over smoked chicken breasts came to about 4 to 5 cups chopped or shredded. So tried this recipe last night and OMG….this is the best Buffalo chicken recipe ever! So simple and fast. I followed the directions like most, but layering the chips, chicken, celery and cheese twice ending with a little more sauce on top kept this from coming out dry. I also drained 1 can of corn and 1 can of black beans and sprinkled on top before baking and finished covering with more cheese. This was soooo good! Thank you for the recipe.