Chicken Nacho Mac & Cheese

I had this brainstorm at like midnight one night. Because that’s when you have your best recipe ideas…at midnight when the fridge starts calling your name. For the record, I didn’t get up and make this in the middle of the night, but I did grab my phone and add it to my notes for “recipe ideas.” Here’s how my thought process went: ‘What if two of my favorite foods, pasta & nachos, got married and had a baby? What would that be like???!!’ The answer is: AMAZING! I hopped on Pinterest to see if this already exists. Nope! Not that I could find. This is a one-of-a-kind original, people, and it’s everything I imagined. ~Erin

Chicken Nacho Mac & Cheese
    Ingredients
  • ~ 12 ounces rotini pasta
  • ~ 2 (10 oz. each) cans Mild Ro-tel tomatoes & green chilis, drained
  • ~ 1 (10 oz.) can Campbell’s Healthy Request cheddar soup, undiluted
  • ~ 1 c. Tostitos Salsa Con Queso (found I the chip isle)
  • ~ ¼ c. whole milk
  • ~ 1 ½ tsp. seasoned salt (I used Lawry’s)
  • ~ 1 c. 2% shredded Mexican cheese
  • ~ 2 - 4 T. chopped pickled jalapenos
  • ~ Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (one per person)
  • ~ 1 tsp. of low sodium taco seasoning per chicken breast
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Cook pasta, in salted water, according to instructions, until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, coat each side of the chicken breasts with ½ tsp. of taco seasoning (1 tsp. per breast) and grill (or cook in a nonstick skillet with cooking spray) until cooked through; set aside.
  3. Drain pasta and immediately add Ro-tel, canned cheddar soup, Tostitos Salsa Con Queso, milk, seasoned salt, and shredded Mexican cheese; stir over low heat until melted and well combined.
  4. Stir in jalapenos to taste. (I used 4 T. and it was pretty spicy – if you are sensitive to heat, leave them out completely.)
  5. Plate your desired serving size of nacho mac & cheese; slice one chicken breast per person and serve on top of the mac & cheese!

Weight Watchers info.: This mac & cheese recipe makes 12 servings of 5 ounces (about ¾ cup) each. Each serving is 6 SmartPoints. 2 servings (about 1 ½ cups) comes to 11 SmartPoints. (Crazy Weight Watchers recipe builder math 🙂 One chicken breast, including the 1 tsp. taco seasoning, is zero SmartPoints on Freestyle.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/07/12/chicken-nacho-mac-cheese/

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Greek Chicken Nachos

A few years ago, a new restaurant opened in my small town in Oklahoma. A Greek restaurant, to be more precise. I’m embarrassed to say, up until visiting this restaurant, I had never tried Greek food. Not even shopping mall gyros! I’m not sure why, but maybe because I was the pickiest kid in the universe and didn’t get brave enough to start trying new foods until adulthood. Now I eat pretty much everything. Anyway, I fell in love with Greek food immediately; unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t last long but my love for the cuisine persists. Since I don’t have a Greek restaurant nearby anymore, I make it myself at home! Mine would probably qualify as Americanized Greek food but either way, it’s delicious! ~Erin

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Greek Chicken Nachos
    Ingredients:
  • ~ 6 whole wheat pitas (I use Joseph’s Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Pita bread.)
  • ~ 4 medium chicken breasts
  • ~ Greek seasoning, to taste (I prefer Cavender’s brand.)
  • ~ olive oil spray
  • ~ 1 c. low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella
  • ~ 2 oz. (about 1/3 c.) crumbled feta
  • ~ 1 T. finely chopped olives (I used black olives but Kalamata would be great too.)
  • ~ ½ a medium red onion, finely diced
  • ~ 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ~ fresh chopped parsley, optional
    For Pita Chips:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray both sides of the pitas lightly with olive oil spray.
  3. Cut into wedges like you would cut a pizza.
  4. Bake in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time, or until brown.
  5. OR if you have an air fryer, you can cook them on 370°F for 4 minutes.
  6. Set aside.
    To Make Nachos:
  1. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken breast lightly with Greek seasoning and cook about 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked throughout.
  3. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes and then slice against the grain; set aside.
  4. In a large oven safe skillet or pan, layer pita chips, onion, bell pepper, mozzarella, feta, olives, & sliced chicken.
  5. Return the pan to the oven and bake about 5-8 minutes, or until cheeses are melted.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Weight Watchers Info: This makes 4 servings at 6 SmartPoints each on the Freestyle plan.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/04/02/greek-chicken-nachos/