Emeril's Shredded Chicken Nachos

“Every once in a great while, Emeril impresses me with a dish. This was one of them. This one looked SO incredibly good and rich. The cheese sauce I think was what got to me. I just can't get enough of a good cheese sauce. There are a ton of ingredients, but don't let that keep you from fixing these up. It does make quite a bit, but they'll probably go fast. Be sure to set around some salsa or pico, sour cream, jalapeños, and watch 'em disappear! NOTE: I condensed the directions down and left out the Pico recipe included. I can't eat pico, but feel free to use your favorite recipe or your favorite salsa.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3-quart saucepan with lid heat the oil to the pan to medium-high.
  2. Season the chicken pieces with the chili powder and salt and toss the evenly coat.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and sear for 3 minutes per side.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce to a low heat and cover; continue to cook the chicken until very tender, about 1 hour.
  8. Stir the chicken to shred it and continue to cook, covered, for another 30 minutes.
  9. Once the chicken is cooked, stir and mash to shred the chicken meat and add the lime juice to the chicken.
  10. Set aside as you prepare the nachos.
  11. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat and whisk in the flour.
  12. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, but do not allow the flour to color.
  13. While whisking constantly, add the milk in a steady stream.
  14. Add the green chilies and bring the sauce to a boil.
  15. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
  16. Add the Cheddar, salt, and cayenne pepper and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  17. Cover and remove from the heat.
  18. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  19. In a large, ovenproof shallow casserole, spread half of the tortilla chips in an even layer.
  20. Top with half of the chicken, and half of the Monterey Jack cheese.
  21. Top with the remaining tortilla chips and chicken.
  22. Pour the hot cheese sauce over the chicken, then evenly spread the remaining grated Monterey Jack over the top.
  23. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the nachos are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  24. Garnish with the sliced green onions, sour cream, pickled jalapeños and cilantro.

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