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A Hall of Fame Football Party Recipe: Chicken Fajita Nachos

A Hall of Fame Football Party Recipe: Chicken Fajita Nachos

Nachos are party food, meant to be shared, and perfect for your next homegating event. Using both the griddle attachment and broiler on a Frigidaire Professional Range will help you prepare perfectly cooked fajita chicken, crispy tortilla chips, and delicious melted cheese. Add homemade queso to the mix, and our kitchen just became the local go-to restaurant for nachos.

Ingredients

For the Queso

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP. butter
  • 1 TBSP. flour
  • 3 cups boneless skinless
  • chicken breast, diced
  • 2 TBSP. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced into half inch cubes
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced into half inch cubes
  • 2 TBSP. beer
  • 8 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups old cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 – 2 jalapeños, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

For the Fajita Chicken

  • 3 cups boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 2 TBSP. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced into half inch cubes
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced into half inch cubes
  • 2 TBSP. beer

For the Nachos

  • 8 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups old cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 – 2 jalapeños, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Using the PowerPlus® burner, heat a saucepan over medium heat, and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. When melted, add the minced garlic to the saucepan and whisk together with 1 tablespoon of flour. Cook, while constantly stirring, for 45 seconds. Whisk in cayenne, chili powder, and 1 1/2 cups of milk, and season with salt. Bring to a boil. When boiling, turn the burner temperature to low, and gradually add the cheese to melt. Stir every few seconds untileverything has melted and the queso is smooth. Set aside.
  2. Fit the griddle attachment over the center burner, and heat over medium heat. In a bowl, toss the diced chicken with olive oil, lime zest, and spices. Sauté on the griddle attachment, turning often, for 5 minutes. Add the diced peppers to the chicken, toss together, and cook 2 minutes longer. Deglaze the griddle with 2 tablespoons of beer. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
  3. Make a single layer of tortilla chips on the base of a large cookie sheet. Cover with old cheddar and jack cheese, then add the chicken and peppers. Cook under the broiler for 2 – 3 minutes,  until the cheese has melted.
  4. Top with sliced green onions, sliced jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with the queso.

Crank Up Your Cooking Tip

Cook the chicken and peppers together on the griddle attachment on the Frigidaire Professional Range and deglaze with a splash of beer for maximum flavor.

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