Sheet Pan Shredded Chicken Nachos | Easy Weeknight Dinner Idea!

These easy and healthy Shredded Chicken Nachos are a super easy weeknight meal.  They take less than 40 minutes from start to finish and use a sheet pan for easy clean-up.  

Side view of baking sheet with baked shredded chicken nachos, ready to be enjoyed.

Alright!  School’s back in session.  Soccer’s is going strong.  Blogging’s busy and the cookbook’s now out (woot!).

That means we are B.U.S.Y…and that summer is officially over.

To make things easier, I’ve been relying on my go-to quick weeknight meals.  While meal prep is super helpful, there are always times when run out and need to meal prep more so having quick dinners ready to cook are super helpful.

One such quick meal the whole family really enjoys is Shredded Chicken Nachos.  These nachos have a very good YTPT ratio (Yumminess To Preparation Time).  What?  It’s totally a thing.  Plus, you can substitute all sorts of ingredients to make it your own special way, which makes everyone in the family happy because we ALL get what we want and it’s not a giant hassle.

Seasoning boneless, skinless chicken breast with seasoning for the shredded chicken nachos. Overhead view of skillet with cooked and seasoned chicken breast, ready to be transferred to cutting board and shredded using forks for the shredded chicken nachos.

How To Shred Chicken Breast

When it comes to how to shred chicken, you have 2 basic options. You can do it by hand with a fork or with a hand blender.

To shred chicken by hand with a fork:

  1. transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board;
  2. using 2 forks, hold the chicken with one fork and pull apart with the other one.

To shred chicken with a hand blender:

  1. place the chicken into a large, deep mixing bowl <— I really recommend a deep one to prevent a mess.
  2. use a hand blender or a blender attachment to shred chicken.

Keep in mind you can always use other shredded chicken for this recipe if you already have it on hand!  Here are 4 shredded chicken recipes using a slow cooker that make perfect nacho toppings.

Two hands using forks to shred chicken to demonstrate how to shred chicken with forks for shredded chicken. Overhead view of a bowl filled with shredded chicken breast, ready to be used as a topping on the shredded chicken nachos.

How To Make Nachos Healthy

If you aren’t aware, nachos are typically NOT a very healthy food.  When you order them at restaurants, they usually come with tortilla chips made with refined flour and oil, and topped with (waaaaay too  much) processed cheeses and other unhealthy foods, like sour cream and refried beans.  These will not leave you feeling on top of your healthy eating game.  Instead, here are some helpful tips for how to make nachos healthier:

  • choose unrefined tortilla chips or make your own sweet potato chips
  • reduce the amount of cheese significantly (add more healthy and fresh toppings to compensate and you wont even miss it!)
  • use shredded chicken breast for a lean protein (as opposed to greasy, high-fat ground beef
  • reduce the amount of salt you’re adding
  • add whole foods, like drained black beans, corn kernels, red onion, and cilantro
  • opt for healthier garnishes (lime juice, cilantro, and salsa are all very good for you)
  • replace sour cream with full fat greek yogurt
  • make your own guacamole or just use sliced avocados (avoid hidden processed ingredients in store-bought guacamole)
  • watch your portion size (remember your macros!)

To be honest, it’s shockingly easy and painless to replace those unhealthy nacho toppings with healthy alternatives.  Trust me, you’ll still LOVE your nachos.

Overhead view of cassava flour tortilla chips to illustrate a way to make nachos healthier. Overhead view od sheet pan lined with parchment paper and various toppings for shredded chicken nachos.

What To Put On Nachos

The beauty of nachos is you can top them with any topping you like.  Here are some popular options for what to put on nachos:

Personally, I love ALL the toppings.  You really can’t go wrong with adding more toppings because it adds to the flavor and texture and there’s just something so yummy about piled high nachos.

Overhead view of shredded chicken nachos on sheet pan with olives, black beans, green onions, shredded jack cheese, and other toppings, all ready to be baked.Overhead view of sheet pan shredded chicken nachos, ready to be served.How To Reheat Nachos

Okay so you have your delicious nachos from the night before and you want to reheat them for dinner tonight.  Good call.  The problem with microwaving nachos is it will cause them to become soggy and will remove a lot of the crispiness of the tortilla chips.  The best way to reheat nachos is to reheat in a preheated oven.  Just preheat it to 350 degrees and place in the oven to bake another 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Note: this reheating method will slightly overcook the chicken BUT it will make for an overall better tasting and better textured nacho leftover.

Close-up of a hand holding a tortilla chip loaded with nachos toppings, ready to eat.

How To Keep Nachos From Getting Soggy

Nobody likes soggy nachos.  To prevent soggy nachos, follow these easy tips:

  • reduce any extra liquid from the toppings (drain beans before adding, reduce juices from shredded chicken, etc.)
  • choose toppings that don’t break down and become watery
  • add garnishes when serving, not over all the nachos in the sheet pan (only top individual portions with salsa, greek yogurt, lime juice, etc. to avoid juices making the chips soggy)
  • don’t add tons of cheese (this also helps the overall health benefits of this meal as well, but don’t cover it in cheese because that will make it soggy from melted oils)
  • reheat nachos in the oven for leftovers (don’t microwave)
  • choose chips that hold up well and are thick (I love these cassava tortilla chips)

Close up of shredded chicken nachos, topped with final drizzle of greek yogurt, avocado, lime wedges

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These easy and healthy Shredded Chicken Nachos are a super easy weeknight meal. They take less than 40 minutes from start to finish and use a sheet pan for easy clean-up.
Shredded Chicken Nachos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

These easy and healthy Shredded Chicken Nachos are a super easy weeknight meal.  They take less than 40 minutes from start to finish and use a sheet pan for easy clean-up. 

Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chicken nachos, pulled chicken nachos, shredded chicken nachos
Servings: 8
Calories: 140 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For The Shredded Chicken
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder (or cayenne)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 5-oz. bags grain-free or whole wheat tortilla chips (can also make your own sweet potato chips)
  • 1 13.5-oz. can black or pinto beans, drained (can also make your own!)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cups jack cheese, grated
  • 1 5.57-oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • 3 green onions, sliced
For the Lime Yogurt Drizzle
  • 1/2 cup full fat plain greek yogurt yogurt
  • 3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (or milk of choice)
Optional Nacho Toppings:
  • sliced green onions
  • diced red onion
  • jalapeño
  • sliced avocado
  • greek yogurt
  • chopped cilantro
  • salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, add the spices for the chicken (sea salt, cumin, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chipotle chile powder), and stir until mixed well. Season the chicken breast until evenly coated.

  3. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the seasoned chicken and cook 4-6 minutes per side, until golden-brown and chicken is cooked through. Then, remove from heat and lay on cutting board.

  4. Using two forks, shred apart the chicken by holding the chicken with one fork and pulling away the chicken with the other fork. Repeat with remaining chicken.   Alternatively, you could chop the chicken into small cubes or use a blender (see how here).

  5. Spread a thick layering of tortilla chips over the sheet pan or a large casserole dish.

  6. Over the tortilla chips, spread the beans evenly, followed by the corn, sliced olives, sliced green onions, and cheese.

  7. Place nachos into the oven, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is well-melted and the nachos are heated through.

  8. While the nachos are in the oven, prepare the greek yogurt drizzle by whisking together the greek yogurt with the lime juice.

  9. Remove the nachos and allow to cool to the touch. Top with optional toppings and the greek yogurt lime drizzle.

Nutrition Facts
Shredded Chicken Nachos
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 211IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

24 thoughts on “Sheet Pan Shredded Chicken Nachos | Easy Weeknight Dinner Idea!

  1. This looks delicious and so easy. Can’t wait to try it. However, you said you updated the recipe showing when to add the chicken but I still don’t see when to add it! I’m sure anywhere would work but would like to know your take on it. Help!

  2. I haven’t try cooking this shredded chicken nachos. I am lucky to find your recipe and I will try to create this recipe this weekend. Thanks for the exact ingredients and the steps of making this one.

  3. Wow – This looks amazing, quick and a great way to get my hubby to eat more fiber! This is my first time on your site and I’ve already grabbed 3 recipes I’m sure I’ll be back soon – Thank You!

  4. Oh, it is great to have you back. I know you are busy but it is so wonderful to read your blog and the recipes are so easy and delicious. Can not wait to make shredded chicken nachos. Take care.

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