Chicken Ranch Nachos

Having appetizer for lunch is the best! These Chicken Ranch nachos are so easy to make. They are made with chicken, homemade ranch, Tostitos and lots of cheese!

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 I love making appetizers for lunch. When I go out to a restaurant, I often make a meal out of appetizers too. It just seems more fun! One of our favorite appetizers is nachos. I like playing around with different flavors and they are good for sharing. This week, I made us some Chicken Ranch Nachos and they were a hit!

My favorite chips to use for the nachos are Tostitos because they stay crispy better while baking. They also have a simply natural option and much less salty!

For most appetizers, I like to use blue tortilla Tostitos but I wanted to use something different. I have some of blue tortilla appetizers listed at the end of this post for you to check out.

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Chicken Ranch Nachos

Ingredients

  • Nachos:
  • 1 9-oz bag of plain Tostitos
  • 5-6 chicken tenders
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 cup of ranch (recipe below)
  • 4 oz Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green onion
  • Ranch:
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of mayo
  • 1/3 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs chopped chives
  • 1 tsp minced fresh dill weed
  • 1 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

  1. Coat the chicken tenders in ranch seasoning and saute on medium heat until fully cooked. Using two forks, shred the chicken tenders.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for ranch dressing in a bowl, whisk well.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350.
  4. In an oven-safe serving tray, spread out half of the chips evenly. (If you want to do three layers, spread out a third of chips and repeat layers three times.)
  5. Evenly, spread half of the shredded chicken over the chips. Sprinkle half of the tomatoes and green onion.
  6. Evenly, drizzle half of the ranch dressing, try to get all the chips.
  7. Grate half of the cheese over the nachos.
  8. Repeat layers.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes, until all the cheese is nicely melted.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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If you are wondering why I topped off our citrus green tea with a strawberry instead of lemon or lime, it’s my secret. Of course, I can share my secret, that’s why we are here! Something about the citrus green tea and strawberry combination that makes the flavors pop out and explode! Next time you are drinking Lipton citrus green tea, bite into a juicy strawberry and you will see what I mean!

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 Every time we finish a meal, hubby asks about dessert. Well, I may cook a lot but I just can’t spend every waking minute in the kitchen making a dessert for every meal. I came up with an easy solution…telling him to get over it, hehe. Or, I feel nice and make a simple dessert, like a Lime Pepsi Float. I just use vanilla ice cream, lime frozen bar, lime juice and Pepsi. Easy- peasy and delicious!

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Here are some of my favorite ways to use Tostitos:

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With Salsa Verde

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With Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Spinach Parmesan Dip 2 ed

With Spinach Parmesan Dip

You can check out my Google+ album for more info on the products used!

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Comments

  1. I love chicken and ranch. This sounds so delish!

  2. Oh my gosh! Can I move in with you? All of that looks SO delicious! I love limes in my Pepsi, I am totally going to try the float! YUM!

  3. This looks so freaking good! I have to figure out how to make it without ranch powder. Do you think leaving it out will mess up the flavors too much? I am allergic to the powder stuff :/

    • Oh, how about cooking the chicken in some ranch dressing? That would be good too :)
      Thank you, Micki!

    • Maranda says:

      have you tried the recipes for the make your own powdered ranch? you may be able to leave out whatever causes your reaction. Search it on Pinterest, it is pretty easy

  4. Yummy! I could go for a plate of those right now!

  5. I LOOOOVE nachos…and these look soooo good. Wish I could have them for lunch. :)
    Kelly

  6. I would have never thought of putting ranch on nachos, but this recipe looks YUMMY!! Thanks so much for sharing it at Diana Rambles!!

    -Kim
    Co-host of Diana Rambles’ linky party

  7. These nachos look amazing! I saw your link over at super Saturday show and tell and had to come check them out. Yum!

  8. Lyuba, you layer your nachos high like I like mine! And I love apps as a meal, too! And these are definitely a meal in itself…love it! Pinning!

  9. This great I am showcasing this on my Facebook page. You are welcome anytime to post your link and photos to your recipes on it! https://www.facebook.com/SeductionInTheKitchen

  10. I love eating appetizers and finger foods! These look delicious!

  11. I can’t wait to try the chicken ranch nachos. yum!

  12. Lyuba, I just ate dinner and yet I am drooling over your pictures!! These nachos look SO delicious!!!! I am totally trying these soon, my boys would LOVE them!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  13. Nachos are one of our favorites! My 5 year old son would be happy if I made them every night :) They look amazing!!! Sara @ http://sarhowe.blogspot.com

  14. O.M.G.
    These look soooo good! I came over from Nap-Time Creations, and I’m so glad I did! PINNED!

  15. The chicken ranch nachos look delish! I am definitely going to try them. Thanks.

  16. Oh yummy! I’ve never made homemade ranch but I’m going to try. We eat it on everything. Can’t wait! Thanks.

  17. Wow, does that look good! I LOVE nachos, but never thought to add ranch! Pinning for later.

  18. Chicken+Ranch+Nachos = Yummmmy!! Thanks for the recipe and awesome visuals! :)

  19. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

  20. Oh man! This looks seriously amazing Lyuba – pinned!

  21. I could really go for a big plate of those cheesy nachos right about now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  22. Congratulations! This post was picked by co-host Kim and is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, Shared on FB, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  23. Chicken Nachos..Squeallllllllllll!!! Thank you for sharing this yumminess. Hugs

  24. I cannot see the recipe for the Ranch Dressing?

  25. Thank you! I was blind :)

  26. Am I just blind? I cannot see the recipe for your Ranch Dressing. It looks so good!

  27. No, Donna, you are not blind :) The recipe is combined with the nachos recipe. If you notice, in the ingredients, it’s divided in “nachos” and “ranch.” It’s also in the directions.
    Thank you!

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