BBQ Chicken Nachos

Easy to make cilantro chicken topped with cheese and a creamy BBQ drizzle.

With 4 kids, we’re always looking for quick and easy meals, but being a foodie (and a blogger) means I never want to sacrifice on taste! There are those ageless recipes that turn out perfectly the first time, and some take a little tweaking to get them just right, both are equally rewarding and satisfying. And this one is ranked among my personal favorites.

{gluten free} BBQ Chicken Nachos | Life After Wheat

These are a fun twist on regular nachos and feature the fresh taste of cilantro and smokey green chiles, which pair perfectly with the BBQ drizzle. It’s wholesome enough to eat as a meal but can also be served as an appetizer (or a snack!)
{gluten free} BBQ Chicken Nachos | Life After Wheat

These nachos are definitely an open door. Add your favorite beans, refried or otherwise, switch up the type of cheese you use, get creative!

{gluten free} BBQ Chicken Nachos | Life After Wheat

BBQ Chicken Nachos


                *gluten-free *soy-free *nut-free *oat-free                   *egg-free


  • If you’re a cilantro lover, feel free to use 1/2 or even 2/3 cup. gfHubs doesn’t care for cilantro but liked the taste of this dish, so don’t be afraid to use it even if you’re not a fan!
  • These nachos are highly customizeable. Add more or less cheese, use a different type of cheese, and switch up the type of BBQ sauce if you want.


      • 4 thin chicken breasts, or 2 regular size. (I use individually frozen)
      • 2 T butter
      • 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
      • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
      • 1  (4 oz) can green chiles
      • About 1 cup Shredded Mexican style cheese (use more or less to your preference)
      • 1/4 C cup sour cream or high quality gluten free ranch dressing
      • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle)
      • 1/8 tsp lime juice
      • Tortilla chips (THESE and THESE are two of our favorites)


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat (I use an oversized cast iron).
  2. When skillet is warm, add butter and swirl in pan until melted. Add chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover, and cook about 10 minutes.
  3. Add cilantro, garlic, and green chiles to the chicken and stir. Continue cooking until chicken is done (be sure to thoroughly cook the chicken). Remove chicken to a bowl and shred with two forks.
  4. While chicken is cooking, Combine sour cream, BBQ sauce, and lime juice. You can whisk together in a bowl, or combine in a squirt bottle or mason jar and shake to mix. Set aside.
  5. There are two ways to assemble the nachos:
    1. Preheat oven to 450° F while chicken is cooking. Spread tortilla chips on a large cookie sheet so you have a single layer and they only overlap a little. Top with chicken, then cheese, and bake 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Don’t overcook or the chicken will dry out. Remove from the oven, drizzle with the prepared BBQ sauce. and top with some additional fresh cilantro.
    2. Make personal plates by layering chips, chicken, and cheese for 1 on a plate. Microwave on full power just until cheese is melted (it took ours about 15 seconds). drizzle with the prepared BBQ sauce. and top with some additional fresh cilantro.
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Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Nachos

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  • Reply
    Strength and Sunshine
    November 9, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I haven’t had nachos in so long! Wonderful recipe dear!

  • Reply
    Laureen Fox
    November 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Those are some substantial looking nachos. Mine are usually pretty basic. I like yours better 🙂

    • Reply
      November 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      The great thing about these is they’re also quick and easy to make-best of both worlds 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen
    November 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    We have nachos weekly as they are such an easy weeknight meal. I’m definitely going to try this variation!

    • Reply
      November 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      We love nachos, too Michelle! You’ll love these!

  • Reply
    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    November 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Soo excited to try these. I’ve never had BBQ nachos – count me in!

    • Reply
      November 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      You’ll love them Chrystal, it’s a fun way to change up an old favorite 🙂

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