Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupa Nachos

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Inspired by an appetizer from Granite City, baked flour tortillas are brushed with Caesar dressing, topped with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese, then baked and  served with an ice-cold Caesar salad and chopped tomatoes for scooping.

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One of Ben’s and my favorite restaurants in town is Granite City Brewery. From cinnamon rolls as big as our heads, to ultra-refreshing seasonal blueberry brew, we always know we’ll have a great meal and drink whenever we stop by.

One of the items we’ve grown particularly attached to is their Chicken Caesar Chalupa appetizer.

Baked flour tortillas are brushed with Caesar dressing, topped with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese, then baked. They’re served with an ice-cold Caesar salad and chopped tomatoes for scooping, and are the epitome of refreshing & satisfying. Imagine our surprise horror when we stopped in a few months ago and found out the Chicken Caesar Chalupas had been taken off the menu!? Noooo!

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Right then and there Ben and I vowed to recreate the crispy app at home. 3+ months later (…) we finally got around to it! ;)

Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupa Nachos

These. babies. ROCK! One of our favorite restaurant recreations ever!

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Start by sauteing a couple chicken breasts seasoned with lemon pepper in non-stick spray until cooked all the way through.

Once they’re cool enough to handle, shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork, and set aside.

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Next, take a few burrito-sized flour tortillas and cut each one into 8 wedges.

These are extra-large, ’cause that’s how Ben likes his breakfast burritos, but the normal sized ones will totally do. :)

Tip: Look for tortillas that are slightly “fluffy” looking, as opposed to the ones that are very flat. The layers in the fluffy tortillas mean they’re sturdier and will hold up better to being baked with yummy toppings.

Once all the tortillas have been cut into wedges, lay them on foil-lined and non-stick sprayed baking sheets.

Spray the tops with more non-stick spray, then bake at 400 degrees until they’re lightly toasted and just starting to turn golden brown. Tip: You can do this ahead of time! Just let the wedges cool completely before putting them in an air-tight container for a couple days.

Alright, here comes the fun part – piling on the toppings!

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First top each wedge with about 1 teaspoon Caesar dressing.

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I HEART Brianna’s Asiago Caesar, but feel free to use whatever’s your fave.

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Next add on a little bit of the cooked & shredded lemon pepper chicken.

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Finish with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Put the wedges back into the 400 degree oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the tortillas are golden brown, and the cheese is melted. YUM!!!!

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Lay the wedges around crunchy romaine lettuce that’s been cut into bite-sized pieces and tossed with a little more Casesar dressing, then sprinkle chopped, fresh tomatoes around the outside!

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Chicken Caesar Chalupa Nacos

Print this recipe!

Serves 3-4 as an appetizer, 2-3 as an entree

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
non-stick spray
Lemon pepper seasoning
3-4 burrito-sized flour tortillas (look for thicker tortillas with layers)
Caesar dressing (I like Brianna’s Asiago Caesar)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray both sides of the chicken breasts with non-stick spray, season with lemon pepper, and saute in a skillet until no longer pink in the middle, about 4-5 minutes a side. Let cool slightly, then shred with a fork or your fingers. Set aside.
  2. Cut flour tortillas into 8 wedges each. Line baking sheets with foil, then spray with non-stick spray. Lay down tortillas and spray tops with non-stick spray. Bake for 3-4 minutes, or until wedges are slightly toasted and just starting to turn golden brown.
  3. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Caesar dressing on each of the toasted tortilla wedges. Top with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Toss romaine lettuce with enough Caesar dressing to coat. Place in the middle of a plate, and surround with baked Caesar chicken wedges. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and serve.

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These are CRAZY addicting! Ben and I didn’t even sit down to eat, rather we cough, hunched over our plates at the kitchen counter shoveling chalupas into our mouths while simultaneously trying to decide who was eating theirs the loudest and therefore the most annoying (Ben won) cough. They are crispy!

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Chicken Caesar Chalupas would be awesome as a starter for a dinner party, or a fun entree for 2 or 3. I hope you’ll give them a try! :D

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In other news, ’twas a mad, mad, manic Monday, and I cannot think of anything I want to do more than kick back on the couch and watch the crazy ladies of The Bachelor on tv tonight.

I’m off in 3…2…1 – have a great night! :D

PS: Thank you sooooo much to those of you who voted for IGE in the Fitness Magazine Fitterati Awards! I am incredibly thankful. Voting is open all month! :)

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Have you ever tried to recreate a dish you’ve had at a restaurant? Did it work out?

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