by Olena

Chicken Tostadas (Video)

by Olena

5 from 38 reviews

20 Minute Chicken Tostadas with shredded chicken, black beans, avocado, crumbled cheese and homemade baked tortilla shells. Tasty, healthy and quick weeknight dinner.

Tostada served on a platter

Easy Tostada Recipe

Chicken tostadas and homemade tostada shells in 20 minutes. SO EASY and GOOD!

I love Mexican food like every other sane person on the planet, however I don’t love a bazillion bowls with different fixins its serving requires. Nor do I appreciate the mess.

This tostada recipe can be on your weeknight dinner table in 20 minutes.

What Is a Tostada?

Tostada is a Mexican dish traditionally made with deep fried tortilla, seasoned beans, meat and vegetables.

Today, we will make healthy tostada by using super easy homemade baked tostada shells. And the toppings are healthy because you have control over all ingredients, can add as many veggies and as little cheese as you like.

Chicken tostadas with avocado, black beans, tomato, red onion and garnished with cilantro

Ingredients for Chicken Tostadas

All ingredients are highly customizable in this chicken tostada recipe. And I recommend to use what you have on hand.

  • Tostada shells: You can use store-bought tostada shells but be aware they contain artificial colours and hydrogenated oils. I highly recommend to make your own – all you need is corn tortillas! Super easy recipe included below.
  • Shredded chicken: I used Instant Pot chicken breast. Grilled chicken breast works too. Store-bought rotisserie chicken is less healthy but an option when in a rush. Any boiled or baked chicken breast basically. Leftovers are great.
  • 14 oz of low sodium black beans: You can also use a can of healthy refried beans that is low in sodium, with minimum ingredients and possibly organic. Or make Instant Pot refried beans.
  • Easy guacamole/salsa: Made with avocado, tomato, red onion and simple seasonings. By all means, use what you have – even if it’s only avocado.
  • Feta or Cotija cheese.

Tostada is perfect for quick and healthy dinner! Add this recipe to your rotation.

Ingredients for chicken tostada recipe including black beans guacamole,shredded chicken, feta cheese, homemade tostada shells

How to Make Tostada Shells

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and arrange tortillas in a single layer.
  • Season: Spray each tortilla with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt, on both sides.corn tortillas on a baking tray or how to make tostada shells
  • Bake: For 6 minutes per each side, flipping once. They come out so crunchy! If you have convection oven, tostada shells will cook faster and even more golden.homemade tostada shells

How to Make Chicken Tostadas

  • Tostada shells: Bake tostada shells using recipe above or use store-bought.
  • Make easy guacamole: While tostada shells are baking, combine tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice. Or use even more simple salsa guacamole or my easy guacamole. Both recipes use what you have on hand.
  • Assembly: Top each shell with guacamole, beans, chicken and cheese.

Storing, Variations + Making Ahead

Storing tostada shells: You can bake homemade tostada shells for up to 48 hours in advance. Just store in resealable Ziploc bag to keep shells crunchy.

Making ahead: You can shred chicken, chop/ dice veggies, crumble cheese for up to 48 hours in advance and store in airtight containers. You can even prep guacamole and store for up to 24 hours.

To prevent browning, here are 2 foolproof methods of storing:

  • Plastic: Level guac in a bowl and tightly press piece of plastic on top.
  • Water: Pour cold water on top, then drain and stir before serving.

Variations:

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Chicken Tostadas {in 20 Minutes}

chicken tostadas

5 from 38 reviews

20 Minute Chicken Tostadas with shredded chicken, black beans, avocado, crumbled cheese and homemade baked tortilla shells. Tasty, healthy and quick weeknight dinner.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tostadas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas or store-bought tostada shells
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 medium avocados, diced
  • 3 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Lime, juice of
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Instructions

  1. To make homemade tostada shells: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. Arrange tortillas in a single layer, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt on both sides.
  3. Bake for 6 minutes per each side, means flipping once.
  4. Prep toppings: While tostadas are baking, make easy guacamole salsa by combining tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice. Get other ingredients ready.
  5. Assembly: To assemble tostadas, top each shell with guacamole salsa, beans, chicken and cheese.
  • Storing tostada shells: You can bake homemade tostada shells for up to 48 hours in advance. Just store in resealable Ziploc bag to keep shells crunchy.
  • Making ahead: You can shred chicken, chop/ dice veggies, crumble cheese for up to 48 hours in advance and store in airtight containers. You can even prep guacamole and store for up to 24 hours.To prevent browning, here are 2 foolproof methods of storing:
    • Plastic: Level guac in a bowl and tightly press piece of plastic on top.
    • Water: Pour cold water on top, then drain and stir before serving.

Notes

  • Why make homemade tostada shells? Store-bought tostadas shells are full of artificial colours and preservatives. I prefer to make my own tostada shells (not corn tortillas) but you can use pre-made.
  • Healthy brand of refried beans instead of black beans is welcome. Low in sodium, with less ingredients and possibly organic.
  • Adjust sodium based on ingredients: Adjust salt in guacamole to taste depending on whether you use store-bought tostada shells, salted canned beans and store-bought or homemade chicken.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Absolutely delicious! It came together so easily and I made it even easier by using a rotisserie chicken!

  2. YUM!!!! This was such a good weeknight meal. Lots of flavor and loved learning how to make homemade tostadas – so so good!

  3. Another awesome recipe! I’ve been trying to go gluten free and you’ve made my life so much easier with your great recipes! Thank you so much! 😊
    Have you considered writing a cookbook?

    1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes, Tammy.
      Maybe one day. It is a very hard process. If I do, news will be everywhere on the website. 🙂

  4. Another great easy and tasty recipe!

    Did it with Chili lime chicken breast, so yummy. Hubby doesn’t like cumin, I tried to sprinkle a tiny little bit in the chicken marinade. He said, I like the chicken but there is a spice I don’t like, what did you put in? !!! Can’t win the cumin battle. Now I know, cumin is out…

    1. I should clarify.. I did not put cumin in the tostadas guacamole, just Chili powder and it was still delicious.

      Love that it’s easy to dress the tostadas with the ready guacamole!

  5. We made this meal tonight and loved it! The only substitute I made was using ground chicken with taco seasoning which I thought would appeal more to my three younger kids. I ended up making 10 tostadas, and the recipe was still more than enough for that . I ate two, my three girls each had one and my husband ate 5! That’s when you know it’s a good recipe! Thanks so much for sending this one along!

  6. I just made these exactly as written. They were so good! Thank you for your very good and healthy recipes!

  7. Another amazing recipe! My kids said these were better than any tostada from a Mexican restaurant and I really have to agree. I put my corn tortillas in the air fryer and they came out super crisp. Living in AZ, I don’t like putting the oven on in the summer. 🙂

  8. This was a HUGE hit with my entire family. They asked me to make it again in less than a week. I buy fresh salsa and add avocado to it. EASY and so fresh tasting! We love the crunch of the baked tostadas! Thanks.

    1. I made this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it! You were right, the homemade tostadas were much better than the store bought.

  9. I absolutely loved this! I took the easy way out and used frozen rotisserie chicken, store bought pico de gallo mixed with avocado, and Old El Paso flour tortilla bowls. Add a little sour cream and voila! So delicious. (Sorry I was one of those people who alters the recipe and then comments 😂)

  10. I love your recipes, but hate trying to read them through all the ads and pop-ups. Think I’m going to leave ifoodreal.

    1. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes:) I understand! This much advertising makes free recipes possible. You might be not aware but even web hosting for this size of website is $600US per month not to mention 4 people working to deliver content. 

      There is only 2 pop ups and one of them doesn’t show anymore if you click Close button. Video player has a Close button top right corner as well.

    1. Every recipe has a nutritional info card located at the bottom of the recipe. Sometimes it takes a minute to load on the webpage. Hope that helps!

  11. I see that you warm/crisp the corn tortillas in the oven on step 1 of recipe but not seeing the actual recipe for homemade corn tortillas.
    Can you please provide? I would love to try to make them. Thank you:)

      1. You say in your notes that “I prefer to make my own”. They are not that hard and taste better than store bought. Especially, if make them with fat free chicken/vegetable stock.

        1. To make my own tostada shells not corn tortillas. Tostada shells are crunchy deep fried tortillas so I bake my own to make them healthy. You can buy tostadas and tortillas – 2 different things. I will clarify that. The stock part is not from there. 🙂

    1. Hi Geri. No I do not supply WW Smartpoints. I do provide nutritional information at the bottom of every recipe! Hope that helps!

  12. This was such a refreshing alternative to normal taco night!! My oldest loved this while I had simply the ingredients for my youngest. I shared this recipe with some friends!

    1. That is the best when kids (& the rest of the family) love what we moms make. That’s so great! Thanks so much for sharing my recipes. Appreciate it a lot!

  13. My family of 8 loved this! We even used small “street taco” tortillas, which seemed novel to everyone. My youngest two helped prepare the meal – a big plus! Everything was eaten, thanks 🙂

  14. I love this recipe! Not only is it super flavorful and quick to make, but it was the first dish my boyfriend and I made together. He was discouraged from cooking a while ago, but the ease of this recipe, and the result amazed him, and now he wants to cook more 🙂 Thank you Olena!

      1. This was such a refreshing alternative to normal taco night!! My oldest loved this while I had simply the ingredients for my youngest. I shared this recipe with some friends!

  15. I really liked the chicken tostada’s. I used ground chicken breast and they were good. I have breast cancer and am treating it naturally. I eat a clean diet and thought these were clean and healthy. I wish I could save the recipe to Pinterest. Thanks!

  16. This is great! I like to use refried beans because they act as a glue for the other toppings. One other topping I added was a low-fat sour cream for a nice tang – or add a slash of fresh lime juice for a bright, fresh flavor.

    If people wish to use a sous vide, cook for an hour at 150º, let sit for 10 minutes, drain any liquid and shred. You can add some flavor to the chicken first if you’d like by adding 1/4 c salsa to your sous vide bag, or rub a spice blend over the chicken first. I used boneless, skinless breasts.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Mine didn’t turn out as pretty BUT they were amazing and our family loved them!! Definitely adding to our weekly meals!!

      1. MAHALO!! MY MOST HEARTFELT THANKS FOR SHARING THESE HEALTHY EASY RECIPES FOR FREE! I HAVE A REALLY BAD BACK. DOC SAYS I AM OBESE AND NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT. THESE YUMMY AND EASY TO MAKE RECIPE ‘S ARE JUST RIGHT FOR ME!

        1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

  18. I LOVE this recipe! I am going to make this again and again! Delicious and satisfying!

    Added note 1: I used a salt-grinder when salting the corn tortillas, which made the salt really “pop.” The only additional side I served at dinner was a rather bland plate of watermelon slices. The salt from the tortilla shells really saved the watermelon!

    I recently started using the “fooducate” app, and I published this recipe. I hope it’s okay that I made it public. I cited “ifoodreal” in the recipe title and noted “Taken from ifoodreal.com” in the notes. If you want me to make this recipe private (so that only I can see it on the app), just let me know. Thank you!

  19. Loved this! added a twist and added mango to the salsa! It was so good will definitely be making this again.

  20. It Look so delicious. Super amazing recipe.
    Loved the presentation .
    Thanks for sharing !!
    Keep Posting !!
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    I hope you will like it and find it helpful.

  21. I make these tostadas once a week and my family loves them and so do I! I’m Mexican and I no longer buy tostadas, I bake them! I will sometimes add quinoa, if I have leftovers of it. Adding a salsa also makes them great. Your recipes are simple and delicious. Thank u!

  22. Simple and sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family tonight, including two little ones. I’m going to try my hand at making my own tostadas too!

    Thanks from momofwarhearmyroar.com

  23. absolutely delicious! We have this once a week ever since discovering it. Every recipe on your website has been very delicious, thank you!

  24. you inspired me to make a version of this! thank you. I had sprouted tortillas – 2 min in the microwave made them crispy just like tostada shells, soooo goood! i did not have chicken, but tofu – just pan fried crispy and then had everyone assemble to their liking. My 5 yo just had the shells with beans and we had everything else, it was so good.
    thank you for your delicious inspirations!
    btw I love your new layout of the site….

    1. Aw, thank you! Anything works with tostadas! My 7 yo had tostada with beans too haha. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration and a kick…

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