So the first part, without the nachos, was an actual meal adapted from Eating Well. First thing's first: I whisked some lime juice, canola oil, white vinegar, cumin and salt in a bowl, then added one jalapeno that I had sliced. After that, I placed some chicken breasts into a glass baking dish, poured the liquid over the chicken and let it marinate during the day while I was at work.
Then, when I got home, I heat my grill pan over medium-high heat, spraying it with some cooking spray. I added my chicken and cooked through until no longer pink. Some pieces I had were larger than others, so overall it took about 8-10 minutes to grill.
While it was grilling, I started slicing some corn tortillas into small chips (cut it first in half, then cut the halves in half, and then cut those once more). I placed them onto cookie sheets, spraying them with some cooking spray, and cooked them in my oven (preheated to 350 degrees) for about 10-12 minutes, just make sure to eyeball them so they don't burn on the bottoms.
Then I also chopped some tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, onions and green onions as toppings. I also tried my best to make a cheese sauce. It wasn't amazing, but it worked. Unfortunately, I was having a bit of a difficult time with the cheese sauce, so I forgot to take photos of that! However, I used about 1 1/3 cups of Mexican blend cheese and melted it with about 1/4 cup milk until the sauce was a bit liquid and stringy. Next time I'll be trying something else, maybe a bit more liquid, but it was delicious!
Then I diced the chicken, put them on plates, and added the toppings as my family prefers (I always use the sour cream and Tapatio myself!). I wanted to make sure the nachos were yummy so instead of piling them all on top of the chips, I decided to make a mixture and put the chips on the side, so each person got to basically 'dip' their chips. It was pretty cool because not a one of us got a chip that wasn't full of toppings. It was fun to eat and voila! That's how we do dinner in this house! :)
The meal, with the chips, was only 514 calories (this was based off of my nachos, which had tomatoes, cilantro, both onions and sour cream) and only $4.35/serving! The meal made 4 servings and each serving included 32 homemade tortilla chips. That's right, I totally counted them to make sure everyone had an even amount. :) Yum!Here's the recipe!
For the Lime-Jalapeno Chicken:
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
For the Homemade Tortillas:
16 small corn tortillas, cut into triangles
For the Toppings:
Green Onions, diced
Any kind of cheese you prefer
Basically anything you want to put on top, just recalculate the calories if you change it! :)
Happy cooking everyone!!