The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them.

They come together quickly and they’re bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals.

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe

Easy Chicken Tostada Dinner Recipe

Tostadas are one of my favorite dishes to get when we go out for Mexican food. I love that crispy shell, beans, and pile of shredded lettuce and salsa. I took it upon myself to figure out the most delicious homemade tostada recipe ever, just for you, and the results are awesome! This easy dish is a fun twist on your classic chicken tacos that will make Taco Tuesday a real party (and a little more creative!).

I know I can’t be the only one who gets stuck in the rut of making normal beef tacos over and over again. It’s true that they are a classic for a reason. But get out of the rut with this simple recipe, and your family will cheer. And the best part? You probably have everything on hand to make them tonight! I also love dishes that the kids can pile on what topping they love and leave off what they don’t. Customizable meals are great for family dinners, aren’t they?

You can buy pre-made tostada shells at some grocery stores, but I’m here to tell you that they are super easy to make yourself at home (and really inexpensive). All you have to do it brush a little oil on both sides of a corn tortilla, bake it, flip it, finish baking it, and 8 minutes later you are done! No frying needed. The cooked chicken thighs are one of my favorite recipes, too. It turns out moist and flavorful every time. Add some beans, a little cheese, and lots of vegetables, and you have yourself one delicious tostada that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes.

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe

What kind of chicken do you use for chicken tostadas?

I used boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because they don’t dry out the way that chicken breast can. You can use chicken breast, but just be sure to not overcook it. You can also grill the chicken if you’d like; it’s delicious that way, too.

Can you make refried beans from scratch?

Yes, and it’s so easy! Dump a can of black or pinto beans (liquid included) into a medium saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder and stir to combine. Simmer on low for 15 to 25 minutes, stirring often, until the liquid absorbs. About halfway through cooking, use a potato masher to lightly mash the beans, and then mash them again when most of the liquid is absorbed.

This makes the most delicious homemade “refried” beans ever. Start them when you start the chicken, and they’ll be done at the same time. DO IT! Total game changer. Make a double batch and eat on them all week long.

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe

Can I make this recipe meatless?

Omit the chicken altogether for a great meatless meal, and you can add more beans and even a little avocado for more substance.

What do you eat with tostadas?

I like to serve with Pico + Guac = Pico de Guaco,  Easy Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker, or Mango Salsa Recipe. For the tostada itself, add all the veggies! We also love homemade ranch and this blender salsa recipe on top.

Do you heat store bought tostadas?

I prefer them heated up. Here’s what I do to make my own tostada shells in the oven. Brush each side of a small corn tortilla with oil, and place it on a baking sheet (about 6 fit on a sheet). Bake at 400 degrees F. for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the shells over, return to the oven, and bake for 4 more minutes. Remove the shells for the oven, and allow to cool slightly. The shells will finish crisping up as they cool. Repeat with remaining shells.

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe

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The Best Chicken Tostada Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 5-6 1x

Description

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them.


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Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the tostadas:

  • 10 to 12 small corn tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons oil (such as olive or corn oil)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans or refried beans
  • Toppings such as lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives, sour cream, hot sauce, and shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large zipper-topped plastic bag or in a shallow dish, add the chicken, all of the spices, lime juice, and oil. Close the bag, and use your hands to mix everything together. If you are using a shallow dish, use tongs to work the spices evenly into the chicken. You can let this rest for up to a half hour or work with it right away. I like to let it marinate a minute to increase the flavor.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 12 to 14 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. While the chicken cooks, heat the beans. If using black beans, mash them lightly with the back of a fork, and add a little water and salt to taste.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While the chicken rests, prepare your tostada shells. Brush each side of a tortilla with oil, and place it on a baking sheet (about 6 fit on a sheet). Bake for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the tortillas over, return to the oven, and bake for 4 more minutes. Remove the shells for the oven, and allow to cool slightly. The shells will finish crisping up as they cool. Repeat with remaining shells.
  5. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and prepare your other toppings.
  6. To assemble your tostadas, add a tablespoon or two of mashed beans, a tablespoon or two of chopped chicken, and additional toppings to your liking. Eat right away.

Notes

The shells don’t store well. Just make as many as you need.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: easy chicken tostada recipe, homemade chicken tostada, chicken tostadas, easy dinners, easy chicken dinner, how to make chicken tostada

The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe The best chicken tostadas take only 30 minutes to make, including simple baked tostada shells, and the whole family will love them. They come together quickly and they're bursting with flavor, which is kind of the best thing ever when it comes to weeknight meals. #tostadas #chickentostadas #tacos #texmex #mexicanfood #tostadarecipe

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This recipe was originally published in 2015, and has been updated and rephotographed in October 2019.

I can’t wait for you to make this simple, fun, and easy homemade chicken tostada recipe and wow your family with such a tasty approach to taco night.

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2 Responses
  1. Aubri

    These were easy and delicious! My husband tossed the chicken on the grill, so that made it even easier! Next time I’ll add a little salt to the chicken, but other than that, it was great, and my whole family loved it! Win! Thanks Melissa!

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