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Last updated: Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 - 09:01 am EDT

Two party foods in one

Top nachos with Buffalo chicken for big flavor

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Super Bowl party food is supposed to be indulgently heavy and satisfying. It should be rich and savory and totally over the top.

So to satisfy all of those criteria, I created a mega mashup that draws on two classic party foods — Buffalo chicken wings and nachos. The resulting buffalo chicken nachos are easy to assemble but pack tons of big, bold flavor to get you through the big game. And because they are nachos, it's easy to make enough to feed a crowd.

To keep things as easy as possible, I start with the meat from a rotisserie chicken. But if you'd prefer to grill or roast your own, have at it. The meat from the chicken gets tossed with a killer Buffalo sauce, then spread over a thick bed of tortilla chips. Add cheese and the rest of the toppings, then pop them in the oven until melted.

Buffalo chicken nachos

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

1/2 cup Frank's RedHot Sauce (original)

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup butter

2-pound rotisserie chicken

7 1/2 ounces tortilla chips

8 ounces grated cheddar cheese

8 ounces Mexican-style shredded cheese

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

3.8-ounce can sliced black olives

1 bunch scallions, sliced

Salsa, to serve

Sour cream, to serve

Heat oven to 400 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

To make Buffalo sauce, in medium saucepan over medium heat, combine RedHot sauce, barbecue sauce and butter. Heat, stirring, until butter is melted and thoroughly blended. Set aside.

Remove all meat from chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces and place in large bowl. Pour Buffalo sauce over chicken, then toss well to coat. Set aside.

Spread tortilla chips in even layer over the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over chips. Using tongs or fork, spread chicken evenly over cheese and chips.

In small bowl, toss together Mexican-style cheese and blue cheese, then sprinkle evenly over chicken. Top with olives and scallions. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and just starting to brown. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Nutrition information per serving: 710 calories; 400 calories from fat (56 percent of total calories); 45 g fat (21 g saturated; 1 g trans fats); 190 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 51 g protein; 1560 mg sodium.


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