Buffalo Chicken Ranch Nachos

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Ingredients

For the Crispy Chicken
    • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup Panko-style bread crumbs
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the Buffalo Sauce
    • ½ cup hot sauce
    • 2 Tbsp corn starch
    • 1 Tbsp brown mustard
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ Tbsp white vinegar
    • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • pinch garlic powder
For the Nachos
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 stalk celery, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing

Instructions

For the Crispy Chicken
    1. Cut chicken into strips about ½” x 1 ½”. Rinse chicken with cold water and then pat dry with paper towels. (Tip: Make sure the chicken strips are approximately the same size. This will ensure that they cook in the same amount of time.)
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken strips in this mixture until well coated.
    3. Pour the melted butter into a shallow baking dish, and then place the coated chicken strips into dish.
    4. Bake at 400°F for 35 minutes, or until fully cooked.
For the Buffalo Sauce
    1. Using a small saucepan, whisk together the hot sauce, corn starch and brown mustard. Add the remaining ingredients (butter, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce and garlic power). Heat until butter has melted and sauce just begins to simmer. Whisk together until well combined and then remove from heat.
    2. In a medium bowl, toss baked chicken with the buffalo sauce until well coated.
For the Nachos
  1. Place the tortilla chips on a large oven-safe platter and sprinkle the shredded cheese around the top of the chips. Place platter under a broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has just melted.
  2. Remove platter from the oven and top with the baked Buffalo chicken, sliced celery, crumbled blue cheese and green onions. Finally, drizzle top of nachos with ranch dressing and remaining Buffalo Sauce (optional) before serving.
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Buffalo Chicken Ranch Nachos

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