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November 12, 2018

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

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Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos make a tasty weeknight dinner-turned-entertaining centerpiece! Made easy with rotisserie chicken, this colorful dish is perfect for both kids and adults! Toss the chicken in barbecue sauce, then layer the nacho ingredients on top of tortilla chips and bake. When bubbly and delicious, garnish and serve. Whether you’re hosting friends for the game or making a family meal, Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos are sure to please!

A girl grabs a chip off of a sheet pan holding Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

Today is our final guest post of my maternity leave! My sweet friend, Jenni from The Gingered Whisk, has made us a weeknight dinner that doubles as an entertaining recipe. Jenni loves to cook with her three daughters, and has some amazing tips about getting your kids to join in on the cooking fun.

Jenni and I met this year at the Everything Food Conference in Utah, and I’m so happy we bonded at lunch one day and have continued chatting ever since!

Without further ado, take it away, Jenni! (And as always, swing by her site to give her some love!) – Erin

Close up of a colorful tray of Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

Hi! I’m Jenni, and I am super passionate about making dinner delicious for everyone, yet easy enough for any night of the week.

When you have young kids, it can be hard to host friends. Between homework, after-school activities and sticking to bedtimes, breaking out of that “mid-week rut,” connecting with friends who also have kids is super tricky.

It might sound totally crazy to have people over on a Tuesday for a dinner party, but sometimes you just need some connection with other people. And if that is when it fits your schedule, then I am all for it!

You gotta do what works, right? And when everyone has small kids, you have to make gatherings family-friendly!

Ingredients for Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos shown from above

How do I make Sheet Pan Nachos?

Sheet pan nachos are super easy to make, especially with small helpers!

First, get out all the ingredients that you need—corn chips, shredded chicken, your favorite barbecue sauce, shredded cheese and all the toppings you want. I like to use blue corn chips because I think they are pretty and help the toppings really stand out, but you can use whatever you want!

I like to add as many colors as I can to each meal, so our toppings consist of diced red tomatoes, diced orange sweet peppers, shredded yellow cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, thinly sliced red onions and black beans.

I like to make two big trays when we have company over so there is plenty for everyone.

Horizontal image of Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos on a sheet pan, shown from above

How can my kids help me make BBQ Chicken Nachos?

I firmly believe that dinner time is a whole family affair. The more kiddos are involved with the meal, the more likely they are to actually eat it.

From helping you pick out the ingredients at the store, washing and drying produce at home, measuring out ingredients and all the stirring, mixing, and measuring are all awesome ways to get kiddos involved.

When we are having a family dinner party, I often involve all the kids by asking them to help me set the table, which is a task they all love doing together, and help make the meal. 

Sheet Pan Nachos are a great meal to serve with lots of kids. Each kid can be in charge of placing one topping ingredient on the nachos. So having all the ingredients ready to go ahead of time and then asking for help to sprinkle them over chips is not a super easy way to get them involved!

If you are looking for more information on how to get your kids in the kitchen with you, check out my guide on how to cook and bake with your kids.

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos shown from above on a sheet pan, ready for serving with a spatula

What do I need to make these Sheet Pan BBQ Nachos?

Pinterest image for Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos, featuring text and a girl reaching to grab a nacho from a full sheet pan

What can I pair with these nachos?

Serve with an easy side salad and some fresh fruit, and you have a complete meal that is fun, family friendly and so easy for entertaining friends!

Here are some other ideas:

Now who’s ready to make this goodness? 

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos
Yield: 6 entree servings (or 8 appetizer servings)

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos make a tasty weeknight dinner-turned-entertaining centerpiece! Made easy with rotisserie chicken, this colorful dish is perfect for both kids and adults! Toss the chicken in barbecue sauce, then layer the nacho ingredients on top of tortilla chips and bake. When bubbly and delicious, garnish and serve. Whether you're hosting friends for the game or making a family meal, Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos are sure to please!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup orange sweet peppers, diced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a glass mixing bowl, mix together the shredded chicken and barbecue sauce.
  3. On a rimmed baking sheet, spread out the tortilla chips into an even layer.
  4. Layer on the red onion, black beans, tomatoes, peppers and shredded cheese by sprinkling evenly over the chips.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, then remove from the oven.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 entree serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 599 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 110mg Sodium: 1111mg Carbohydrates: 56g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 35g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Do you like to entertain with your kids?

Would you like to have some Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos tonight?


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