Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos (So Easy – Starting with Your Crock Pot!)

~ Just in time for the Super Bowl! You’re gonna loooooove these! So easy, starting with your slow cooker! These buffalo chicken nachos are a serious crowd pleaser – and the perfect appetizer recipe for game day parties! ~

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos Recipe (Started in Your Crock Pot!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

It’s almost the snackiest snack day of the year! Whoop! Whoop!

Super Bowl XLIX is just a few days away … and our tummies are already rumbling!

Regardless of who you’re cheering for, or where you stand on Deflategate, we know there’s one thing everyone can 100% agree on … yummmmmy snacks!

It’s one of only two days where it’s perfectly acceptable to eat snack foods as a meal. (New Year’s Eve is the other, of course!) And we couldn’t be more excited! We love appetizers and dips and finger foods!

There’s always a smorgasbord of goodies … but most of the snacks your friends show up with on Super Bowl Sunday probably aren’t all that healthy. (*Gasp*)

Yeah. We said it.

You deserve the truth. And since we’re all friends, we need to be truthful.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos Recipe (Started in Your Crock Pot!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

But … you don’t have to feel guilty about munching! Nope! Not one bit!

You can make a real showstopper (maybe even more than Katy Perry herself!).

We’re talking buffalo chicken nachos!

For one quick second, let’s just imagine how Super Bowl Sunday could be …

You spend very little time in the kitchen. The scrumptious buffalo chicken cooks itself in the slow cooker … ahhh … love that. You have time for a run, a manicure, a relaxing hot soak … really whatever you want to do before your guests arrive. It’s awesome.

Then, after your entirely enjoyable day, you simply shred the chicken and mix in the easy buffalo sauce. (You know this buffalo chicken recipe is easy – you’ve made it before! We know you have, because our Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches were one of our top recipes of 2014!)

While those yummy buffalo chicken flavors have their own little Super Bowl party in your crock pot, you whip up a Greek yogurt blue cheese dip. (You’re so graceful … literally gliding around your kitchen!)

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos Recipe (Started in Your Crock Pot!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Then, you artfully layer some whole grain tortilla chips, reduced-fat sharp cheddar, the buffalo chicken and that delectable blue cheese dip. (It’s really yummy … ) You lick the spoon. No one notices.

While your nachos bake, you have time to pull on your fave team’s jersey and do something fancy with your hair. Or pull it into a ponytail. Whatever you prefer.

When your guests arrive you toss some chopped celery and green onions on top, confetti-style. Your friends are so impressed.

And you don’t even chip a nail.

Snap! (Back to reality!)

But wait! That totally amazing and fantastical dream sequence can be your real life! Yes! This recipe is so wonderfully fast! It comes together in a flash.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos Recipe (Started in Your Crock Pot!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Which is perfect because everyone will absolutely chow on these baked nachos … you may need to make another batch. Or five.

Just sayin’ …

THK Signature Gretchen & Shelley cropped

Here are some more Super Bowl appetizer ideas you’ll love!

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos (So Easy – Starting with Your Crock Pot!)
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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces whole grain tortilla chips (we used whole grain with flax tortilla chips and whole grain blue corn tortilla chips)
  • 1½ cups prepared Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken (recipe here) (see note)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
Sauce:
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Toppings
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Additional reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles for garnish, as desired
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Layer half of the chips, half of the buffalo chicken (about ¾ cup), and half of the cheddar cheese on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, sour cream, ¼ cup blue cheese, salt and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Top nacho mixture with ¼ cup blue cheese sauce.
  5. Repeat layers, finishing with the rest of the blue cheese sauce.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheddar is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle nachos with celery, green onions, and additional blue cheese crumbles, if using (or offer additional blue cheese on the side).
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes
Buffalo Chicken recipe: To make the buffalo chicken for this recipe, follow the directions for our Healthy Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, all the way through step 6 (just omitting the step of serving the mixture on buns). You'll have enough chicken to make a couple of batches of these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, with a little leftover for a sandwich the next day. Or, make just one batch of these nachos and plan on great sandwiches from the leftovers for your lunch the rest of the week. Another idea: if you're hosting a big game day party or potluck get-together, use this recipe as a two-for-one, and complete your appetizer buffet by serving these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, and then using the extra buffalo chicken to also serve yummy little Buffalo Chicken Sliders. You know we love to give you options!

 

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  7. These look awesome. I won’t be hosting a Super Bowl party this year. Well, that is, unless you call two people a party. We NEED to watch the game. My team is in the SB this year!!!! EEEEEEEE I’m so excited! Sharing your nachos around so others can share in the yummy joy!

    • Hi, Debi! I definitely think you can call two people a party … if it’s two super-fun people! 😀 Sometimes those are the very nicest, most relaxed and enjoyable parties of all! Now that we have kiddos, most of our Super Bowl parties are only just four-person parties (since the Super Bowl is on so late on a school night!). Hey – it’s all good (especially if these nachos show up at the party)! And psssst … I’m rooting for your team, too! 😀 Thanks a million for sharing our recipe! ~Shelley

  8. I am a sucker for nachos and for anything buffalo so these are right up my alley. I love that they are baked too so they are extra warm! I am such a snacker and this year since the Packers aren’t playing I’ll be doing extra! 🙂

    • Oh, so sorry for your Packers! I was actually cheering for them, too! My little nephew in London has (inexplicably!) declared himself a Cheesehead, so I had to root for them, just for that reason alone! 😀 But yes – console yourself with these nachos and you won’t be quite so sad! And hey – since they’re so much healthier than regular nachos, you can have a few extra nibbles (all in the name of cheering yourself up, of course)! But I’m curious – with the Packers out of it, who’s your back-up team? Or will you just munch nachos and enjoy the commercials??? 😀 ~Shelley

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