BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken nachos are loaded with tender BBQ chicken bites, melted cheese, delicious tortilla chips, and it’s all topped off with crispy salty bacon.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4


Chicken Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt plus more to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Chicken Nachos:

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 large chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • 10 oz tortilla chips about 280 grams
  • 2 cups freshly shredded Pizza Mozzarella**
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese**
  • 1/2 medium roma tomato diced
  • 1/6 medium red onion diced
  • Diced fresh parsley optional, for topping
  • Sour cream optional, for topping


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the bacon into 1/4 inch slices.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crispy. When the bacon is done, remove it from the pan, discard the grease, and wipe the pan clean.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken spice blend ingredients. Cut the chicken into 1/2” pieces, then toss in the oil and spice mixture to coat it.
  • Heat the large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the seasoned chicken for 2 - 3 minutes, then add the BBQ sauce and mix. Continue to cook the chicken until the BBQ sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F on an instant read meat thermometer.
  • Using either a large cast iron skillet or a small rimmed baking sheet (approximately 8” x 12”), layer the nachos in this order. First layer: 1/2 the chips, 1/4 of the cheese, 1/2 the chicken, 1/2 the bacon, 1/4 of the cheese. Second layer: 1/2 the chips, 1/4 of the cheese, 1/2 the chicken, the onion, the tomato, 1/2 the bacon, 1/4 of the cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese is totally melted (approximately 15 minutes).