It’s time to do away with those store-bought nachos. This BBQ chicken nacho recipe is like nothing you’ve had before. Cooked on the grill, the wood-fired chicken adds a whole new layer of flavor before being smothered in your favorite nacho ingredients.
Everyone has a go-to nacho recipe, but this one really is unlike any other.
Cooked entirely on the grill, this dish makes the most out of shredded chicken (you can use leftover pulled chicken if you have any), BBQ sauce, and meat rub.
It’s then cooked in a charcoal grill for that beautiful iconic barbecue flavor and uses maple wood chips to add a subtle layer of sweetness to the nachos.
It’s been an instant crowd pleaser at every tailgate, Superbowl, or BBQ party that I’ve been at, and I’m sure you’ll find the same when you cook it up.
But first, a few tips!
If you don’t have a charcoal grill then I can’t recommend getting one highly enough. They’re nowhere near as expensive as you might think, and even the Weber Kettle (a classic charcoal grill) can be bought at a very fair price on Amazon.
When you set up your grill, remember to set it up for indirect grilling. In short, this is where your coals sit under one half of your grill surface and place your food on the other half. This’ll help effectively turn into your grill chamber into an oven, and prevent the fire from searing your food. I have a guide on how to set up for indirect grilling.
If you’re struggling for a go-to chicken rub then I recommend either making your own with my BBQ chicken rub recipe, or if you prefer to buy pre-made then I recommend J Christopher Co’s All Purpose Hot Rub.
Likewise with BBQ sauce, you can either make your own homemade BBQ sauce or simply go store bought. Just try not to get something too spicy that’ll overpower the awesome-ness of the nachos.
What’s the best cheese for nachos?
The best types of cheese to use for nachos are cheeses that melt well. My favorites are cheddar, American cheese, Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese (if I feel like making things extra sharp). Avoid crumbly cheeses like feta or dry cheeses like parmesan.
For this recipe, I’ve used grated cheddar because it’s easy to buy and goes well with BBQ sauce and chicken. Young cheddar (i.e. not aged) has higher moisture content, making it perfect for melting.
How to prevent soggy nachos
The best way to stop nachos going soggy is to pre-cook the nachos for a few minutes before adding any toppings. This will help dry out the chips, as well as crisping them so they’re less susceptible to absorbing moisture from the cheese, BBQ sauce or chicken.