BBQ grilled chicken nachos are the perfect dish for any tailgate party. Add your favorite toppings for a game day appetizer! Gluten free chicken nachos are easy to make to feed a crowd.

It is time to cheer loudly for our teams, get together with friends, and every now and then, make the trek out to watch our teams in action….and eat nachos! Who are you rooting for? We are big Longhorn and Cal fans!

You may want to make a few batches because these will be eaten very quickly. They are that good! What better dish to serve up for our tailgate party than these deliciously easy chicken nachos?

If you love chicken as much as we do, you will want to check out ALL of my delicious Gluten Free Chicken Recipes.

What barbecue sauces are gluten free?

I used Stubb’s Barbecue sauce, but there are so many good gluten free barbecue sauces out there. Other great gluten free barbecue sauces are:

  • Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • Kinders
  • Organicville
  • Bone Sucking Sauce

Are tortilla chips gluten free?

A note about tortilla chips…I know many people assume a corn chip is gluten free, but you do need to check. A good Celiac friend bought a bag of corn chips at Whole Foods last month, didn’t read the label, and she got really sick.

Brands change; sometimes, they don’t use a dedicated fryer if it is a big company…please read the label!

Holding up a barbecue chicken nacho.

If you like a more traditional nacho, try these delicious Black Bean Nachos. (There is a homemade bean dip recipe there too!)

Topping ideas:

  • onions
  • steak
  • Barbacoa
  • shrimp
  • sausage (they are die-hard meat lovers!)
  • salsa verde or regular salsa
  • green chilis
  • black beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans
  • refried beans

Recipe step-by-step directions:

Fire up your grill :-). The first step is to grill your chicken!

Chicken thighs cooking on the grill.

Use the thawed chicken to grill this recipe.

Can you grill frozen chicken?

I don’t advise grilling frozen chicken, but here are some great tips for thawing your chicken so you can use it quickly:

  • If you have time, soak the package of chicken in a sink with hot water for 20 minutes.
  • Defrost the chicken in the microwave for 5-8 minutes first. You want them to soften but not cook in the microwave.
  • Increase the cooking time by 50%. You really want to ensure the chicken is cooked all the way through. Don’t forget to use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is 165º F inside!

Step 1: I took chicken thighs and added salt and pepper to each side. Rub the chicken thighs with olive oil so they stay moist while grilling.

Step 2: Remove the chicken from the grill and slice it thinly on a cutting board.

Tortilla chips with grilled chicken and barbecue sauce on top.

Step 3: Spread chips out onto a pan and load with the grilled chicken and sauce. Use as much or as little chicken and BBQ sauce as you like! Add your favorite vegetables.

Chicken, Sauce, Cheese on top of chicken nachos.

Step 4: Bake the barbecue nachos for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Garnish the top with guacamole, sour cream, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and jalapenos. You are going to love these healthy chicken nachos!

For more gluten free appetizer ideas, check them out.

A giant sheet pan full of chicken nachos.

More delicious appetizers:

a close up of a tray of nachos topped with sour cream

BBQ Gluten Free Chicken Nachos

Sandi Gaertner
Easy grilled BBQ chicken nachos.
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 554 kcal


  • 9×13 Baking pan


  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups tortilla chips
  • cup corn kernals
  • ¼ cup guacamole
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno sliced thinly
  • salt pepper, cayene pepper to taste


  • Preheat your grill to 450º F.
  • Rub chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • (*optional for spicy sprinkle a tiny amount of cayenne pepper onto each thigh)
  • Brush each chicken thigh with olive oil.
  • Grill until thighs have an internal temperature of 165º F.
  • Remove, cover with foil and let thighs rest for 5 minutes.
  • Slice chicken thinly.
  • In a baking tray, add chips.
  • Sprinkle barbecue sauce and chicken.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350º F for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Top with tomatoes, corn, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapenos.


  1. You can use chicken breast if you prefer in this recipe.
  2. Gluten free barbecue sauces I love include Stubbs, Bone Sucking Sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s, and Kinders. There are lots of other brands of gluten free barbecue sauce, just make sure to read the labels.
  3. Double-check that the corn tortilla chips you purchase are gluten free. 


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 554kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 26gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 716mgPotassium: 614mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 487IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 264mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve always made nachos with ground beef, but this looks good. Nachos and bbq chicken are a great combo.

  2. 5 stars
    These BBQ Chicken Nachos combine two of my favorite types of food! BBQ and Mexican Food! Yum! I love making BBQ Chicken nachos. I have to try this recipe. One of my favorite toppings is fried onion strings. They are so good.

  3. 5 stars
    I don’t know why I always forget about stacked nachos. They are the way to go when friends are over, I must make some this weekend,

  4. 5 stars
    You can’t go wrong wit BBQ chicken OR nachos! Having them combined into one dish sounds perfect, especially for a group of hungry guys watching the game. Great idea!

  5. Yum! So perfect for game day! I love all that color. Also love that you included tips for working with frozen chicken. I always forget to pull mine out of the freezer.

  6. Nothing better than college football and good football food. And these nachos look perfect for just that. LOVE Foster Farms Chicken as well–they are so good to their chickens 🙂

  7. I was hungry before coming to your blog, but now I am ravenous and craving nachos! These look fantastic – I’d watch football just so that I could eat these 😉