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Chicken Nacho Sandwich

Sure, chicken nachos are great, but a chicken nacho sandwich is even better. Plus it couldn't be easier to make!
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Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 635kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £3 / $4

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl & Tongs (for coating chicken)
  • Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Cheese Grater
  • Baking Tray

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless Chicken Thighs (approx 3.5oz/100g each)
  • 3/4 cup / 180ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 tbsp EACH: Honey, Lime Juice, Tomato Paste (Tomato Puree in UK)
  • 1 tsp EACH: Smoked Paprika, Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Onion PowderGarlic PowderOreganoSalt
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive Oil

Sandwich

  • 8 medium-large slices of Bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups / 150g Cheddar, or as needed
  • 4 small/medium Tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 handfuls Tortilla Chips, (6 or so per sandwich, or enough to comfortably cover the bread)
  • 2 small Avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Red Onion, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup sliced Jalapeños, or to preference
  • 4 tbsp Sour Cream

Instructions

  • Prep Chicken: To a mixing bowl add 1 tsp smoked paprika & cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, onion powder, garlic powder & salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and black pepper. Stir in 1.5 tbsp olive oil then add chicken and use a pair of tongs to fully coat the thighs.
  • Cook Chicken: Add chicken to a large pan over medium high heat. Fry until they begin to char, then flip and continue frying until they're piping hot through the centre and charred on the other side. Lower heat to medium if you need more time to cook them through without them burning. Remove from pan and place in a bowl to one side.
  • Chicken Sauce: Turn heat to medium and fry 1 tbsp tomato paste for a couple of mins. Add 3/4 cup chicken stock with 1 tbsp honey and lime juice. Give it a good stir then simmer for a couple of mins or until it thickens slightly. Meanwhile shred chicken with two forks, then add to the sauce and simmer for another couple of mins until the chicken soaks up the sauce.
  • Chicken Nachos: Add tortilla chips to bread, then stack chicken on top and finish with cheese. Place on a baking tray and grill/broil until the cheese melts.
  • Nacho Sandwich: Add on top onion, tomatoes, avocado and jalapeños. Spread a second slice of bread with sour cream then place that on top. Tuck in!

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Fillings/Toppings - In reality you can use any kind of toppings you want! I keep mine in slices (as opposed to finely dicing as you would to top regular nachos) just to keep it more 'sandwich-like', but you can dice the toppings if you fancy. Check out my Foil-Packet Nachos for more inspiration!
b) Servings - This will make 4 large sandwiches, or 5-6 smaller ones.
c) Do I have to add the Chicken? - If you've made it this far and still question the chicken, you can leave this out and just make a nacho sandwich! Just grill the cheese on the tortilla chips and carry on from there.
d) Calories - based on just the chicken/cheese with no toppings. Per sandwich assuming 4 made in total:

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Nacho Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.04g46%
Saturated Fat 11.661g73%
Trans Fat 0.541g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.932g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.982g
Cholesterol 226mg75%
Sodium 1101mg48%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 33.63g11%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 8.29g9%
Protein 55.6g111%
Vitamin A 804IU16%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 382mg38%
Iron 3.87mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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