Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos

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  • Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos
Posted on January 28, 2016

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jackson’s Honest. Thank you for supporting brands and companies that I love and trust. All opinions are 100% my own.

Football isn’t something that I get excited about. I never have. And I probably never will.

So while everyone else is glued to the television, not wanting to miss a single second of game day action or inaction (if you’ve ever really watched a football game, then you know exactly what I mean by “inaction”), I’ve got my face buried in a mountain of nachos.

I have my priorities straight. Clearly.

As much as I love the traditional nachos (= cheesetopia) that are typical of most bars in America, I’ve recently found myself craving something a bit different. Realizing that the nachos of my dreams probably wouldn’t be found at my local watering hole, I got to work creating these Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos in my own kitchen. They are fresh, colorful and have a wonderful mix of unexpected flavors. And they aren’t just all about the cheese. Fresh vegetables and lean chicken play a starring role in these Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos. So much so, that I even dare to say that you can actually feel good about enjoying these on game day…or any other day.

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I’m excited to partner with Jackson’s Honest today, a company that is wholeheartedly committed to using real, nutrient dense ingredients in the food products they produce. Their potato chips and tortilla chips, which are cooked in organic coconut oil, have a clean and fresh taste that is like no other. Yes, I know. The words “clean” and “fresh” aren’t words that are typically used to describe chips. But it’s true. I would not lie to you.

I used a bag of Jackson’s Honest Blue Corn Tortilla Chips for this recipe. When I flipped over the bag to look at the ingredients I saw this: organic blue corn, organic coconut oil, sea salt. THREE INGREDIENTS PEOPLE! That’s pretty amazing.

Speaking of the number three, I have three notes on the recipe that I think are worth mentioning. (1) Because I like my nachos with a little bit of kick, I used two whole serrano peppers. But if you want something more mild, you can replace the serrano peppers with jalapeño peppers, which are less spicy. (2) I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for the cooked, shredded chicken. This is a perfectly acceptable shortcut, in my humble opinion. (3) Pre-shredded bagged cheese is not a shortcut I recommend taking. That stuff just doesn’t melt properly. So buy some blocks of cheese and shred your own. It’s worth it!

Check out Jackson’s Honest store locater to discover where you can buy their potato chips and tortilla chips. I know once you taste them, they’ll become a regular part of your snacking and cooking routine!



Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos

Serves 4-6

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken Nachos


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce if you aren’t gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 lime, divided
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag Jackson’s Honest Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
  • 3/4 cups diced red bell pepper
  • 2 serrano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a heat safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter for 20-30 seconds to help loosen it. Then stir in the tamari, honey, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and juice from 1/2 a lime. Combine the peanut sauce with the shredded chicken, tossing until well coated.
  3. Spread about half of the tortilla chips out onto a large rimmed baking sheet or in a cast iron pan. Top with half of the coated chicken, half of the cheese, half of the diced red pepper and half of the sliced serrano peppers. Then add the remaining tortilla chips and repeat the layers with the remaining chicken, cheese, red pepper and serrano peppers.
  4. Transfer the nachos to your pre-heated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Meanwhile, toss the chopped red cabbage, scallions and cilantro with the juice from the remaining 1/2 a lime.
  6. Remove the nachos from the oven and top with the cabbage mixture and the peanuts. Serve immediately.


  • I’m not a fan of football at all! My husband is though, but luckily, I only watch when there are snacks involved. These nachos look amazing, Liz! I would gladly devour this entire batch while watching the Superbowl! Love the thai twist!


    • Thanks, Gayle. Yeah, I only watch football for the food and beer. 🙂

  • Um, waaaaait. Thai chicken nachos?? This is freaking GENIUS, Liz! I want to devour that entire pan right now!


    • I’ll let you have the whole skillet, Sarah! 🙂

  • Bring on the nachos friend! These sound totally flavorful! YUM!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • Hahahaha! Inaction, so TRUE! LOVE these nachos, Liz!! Traditional nachos tend to bore me.. and my taste buds. So these babies are absolutely perfect for me!! Love the spice! Love the veggies! Love the rotisserie chicken! And Heeeeeck yes to shredding your own cheese (that preshredded stuff is crap). I am drooling over here and totally wanting these for breakfast… perfectly acceptable right – because 3 ingredient chips and veggies. 😉 Pinned! Cheers, friend!


    • Yes, breakfast of champions!!!!

  • I am SO with you. I don’t give a crap about football, which means I can spend the entire time watching the plate of nachos instead of the game. Aka … more nachos for me. 😀 I’ve got one question for you … was this skillet of nachos bigger than that plate of nachos we tried to share in Newburyport??? 😉 haha


    • Oh that’s a tough question. I think they are very close in size! Sounds like I need to do more research though to figure this out! 🙂

  • Hellooooo gorgeous! Love the colors of these nachos!


    • Thanks, Medha! Colorful food is the best!

  • Yep, it’s all about the eatin’ 🙂 Love the flavours and colours in this!


    • Thanks, Jennifer!

  • You DEFINITELY have your priorities straight! It’s funny, growing up in the south I was always a huge football fan (pro, not college, I don’t know why I feel the need to specify ;)) But I’ve kind of lost interest in it these past few years, instead preferring to indulge in the food and beer and people. And guess what’s my most favorite in all the world football food?! Nachos. All kinds of nachos, but these thai ones sound ridiculously awesome. xx


    • It’s good to clarify these things! Because actually, I totally associate college football fans with the South. Me? I was never much for either. Ha ha ha! Nachos totally rule and I know you’ll love these asian-inspired ones!

  • I always watch the big game for the food, half time show and food! So these nachos are calling my name pretty much!


    • Food and commercials are where it’s at!

  • Liz, these are the most beautiful nachos ever!!!! I am making skillet nachos soon for the Super Bowl. . this is like taking that up 10,000 notches!


    • Awww…thanks for the sweet compliment, Alice!

  • Why don’t nachos like this exist everywhere? I think Thai chicken nachos need to be made a thing. I’d be right there with you fighting over the last nacho!


    • You don’t have to fight me. I’ll share with you, friend! 🙂

  • I’d be right there with you, not a care for the game. These nachos would get ALL the attention! I say these nachos are LEGENDARY Liz… your local watering hole could learn a thing or two, right!? My mouth is watering for these this morning! Delicious! Now, about these chips; Whaa whaa WHATT!?! I didn’t know. THREE ingreds.. and coconut oil? I’m sold. They are on the list my dear! Thank you for this! xo


    • I just know you’ll love all of Jackson’s Honest products. Totally right up your alley! 🙂

  • It’s so important to me that my tortilla chips are made with quality ingredients- I’ll be looking for this brand!! I’ve never seen them made with coconut oil – yay! I’ll be hanging out by the nachos too- and definitely if they are your thai chicken nachos – they look delish 🙂


    • Yes, a spot next to the nachos is definitely the place to be seen! I know you’ll love Jackson’s Honest chips. Let me know when you try them out!

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  • Oh my gosh, I want these!! Thai flavors are my fave. And nachos are pretty much the best food ever. Totally acceptable as dinner food when there is cabbage on top!


    • Oh totes. I definitely ate these for dinner! 🙂

  • I’m seriously drooling over these nachos. Nachos are my total guilty pleasure food…something about chips and melty cheese that just makes me swoon, and these look like the best nachos eveeer. Stunning photos too!!


    • Thanks, Rachel. Nachos are the food of the Gods, I believe!

  • This is the first year that I actually started to get excited about football cause our team went so far! But then they totally choked last weekend so now I’m not too interested in the Superbowl. But, I do love me some snacks, so I will gladly celebrate the festivities! These nachos look like a mountain of deliciousness!


    • Oh it’s all about the snacks! These are totally a mountain of deliciousness. Love that! 🙂

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