Baked Chicken Nachos with Tomatillo Salsa

Baked Chicken Nachos with Tomatillo Salsa

Nachos have become a Canadian favourite. This dish is easy to make and offers enough protein for a main dish meal. Corn chips/tortillas count as a whole grain. Green tomatillo salsa has a citrusy, herb flavour and the jalapeno peppers add a touch of heat.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) chicken breast(s), cut into bite-size pieces 1/2 inch (1.25 cm)
  • 1 1/2 cup (375 mL) green onion(s), light green and white part, sliced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) oregano, dried
  • 2 cups (500 mL) yellow pepper(s), diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 3/4 lb (0.4 kg) tortilla chips, low-sodium
  • 1 cup (250 mL) salsa verde, ready to serve
  • 2 cups (500 mL) mozzarella cheese, part skim, 16.5% MF, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cilantro, fresh, minced, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Cut chicken into small pieces about 1/2 inch (1.25 ml) square. Set aside.

  3. Slice green onions separating the white and green. You need 1 cup (250 mL) sliced white and reserve ¼ cup (60 mL) sliced green for garnish.

  4. Heat oil in non-stick skillet. Add diced chicken, sliced white of the onions, chili powder and oregano and sauté until lightly browned.

  5. Finely dice the sweet yellow peppers and jalapeno. Remove the seeds from the jalapeno if you don’t want the nachos to be too hot.

  6. Spread tortillas over a baking sheet. Top with diced yellow pepper and jalapeno, salsa verde (green tomatillo salsa), sautéed chicken and shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake in hot oven 15 minutes. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and starts to brown. Don’t leave unattended as they will burn easily.

  7. Serve hot, garnished with minced cilantro and the reserved green tops of the onions.

Tomatillos were a dietary staple of the Aztecs and Mayans of Mexico and were cultivated far before the tomato. The tomatillo fruits are encased in papery husks and are related to ground cherries and gooseberries.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 270 g serving Amount
  • Calories 490
  • Protein 32 g
  • Fat 22 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Carbohydrate 40 g
  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Cholesterol 65 mg
  • Sodium 470 mg
  • Per 270 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 11
  • Calcium 35
  • Iron 15
  • Vitamin A 15
  • Vitamin C 190
  • Vitamin B6 35
  • Vitamin B12 30
  • Folate 3
  • Magnesium 15
  • Zinc 20

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