Happy Valentine’s Day and Day-After-The-Super-Bowl, everyone! If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling pretty tired today- and maybe you’ve got some Valentine’s Day plans to prepare for, too- so let me help you with one of the quickest and easiest appetizer recipes that saved me a ton of time and effort last night while I was getting ready to entertain guests and root for the Bengals (I don’t want to talk about it.)
I love buffalo sauce on any and all things, but I find that I typically and regularly whip up recipes that predominantly feature it during the regular NFL season- so enjoying these last night during the biggest game of the year just felt right! And they’re a great snack (with a spicy kick) that your date may enjoy for today’s holiday, too!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. chicken breast
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup buffalo sauce
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- 1 bag tortilla chips (10-15 ounces)
- 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
- 2-3 small onions, sliced
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil (optional).
2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and shred chicken.
3. Add shredded chicken back into sauté pan and stir in buffalo sauce and ranch dressing. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes.
4. On a baking sheet, add a layer of the tortilla chips. Top evenly with the buffalo sauce and ranch-coated shredded chicken and shredded Colby Jack cheese. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until cheese is melted through.
5. Top with sliced onions and serve warm!
Of course, one of my favorite things about nacho recipes is that you can add/omit ingredients depending on what you’re in the mood for and it won’t ruin the dish in any way! You want to drizzle extra hot sauce on top? Go for it. You want to add some jalapeños? Of course! You think some bleu cheese on the side would help bring out the flavors?- no argument here!
Regardless of what you do/don’t do with this recipe- it remains the perfect sporting event snack with minimal prep time and even less cleanup required afterwards! I know I’ll be making this one again for sure this Fall when the NFL season starts back up again!