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Chicken Tostadas

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

Other quick recipes that are in our dinner rotation are chicken quesadillas, vegetarian quesadillas and sheet pan steak fajitas.

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, 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.

It is always my go-to to use up shredded chicken leftovers or when I don’t have energy to pan fry lemon chicken, stir a pot of white chicken chili or bake honey garlic chicken and come up with its sides. Easier than chicken tostadas is only tuna salad.

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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. Or replace with pico de gallo all together.
  • Feta or Cotija cheese.
ingredients chicken tostada

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

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 Greek yogurt guacamole and store for up to 24 hours as it doesn’t brown as much as regular guac.

To prevent regular guacamole from browning, here are 2 foolproof methods of storing. Either level guac in a bowl and tightly press piece of plastic on top. Or pour cold water on top, then drain and stir before serving.

Variations: Instead of plain shredded chicken use Instant Pot pulled chicken, shredded beef or Instant Pot pulled pork.

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Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas {in 20 Minutes}

20 Minute Chicken Tostadas with shredded chicken, black beans, avocado, crumbled cheese and homemade baked tortilla shells. Tasty, healthy and quick weeknight dinner.
4.95 from 54 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 tostadas
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

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 cooked chicken shredded
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese crumbled
  • Cooking spray I use Misto

Instructions

  • To make homemade tostada shells: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • Arrange tortillas in a single layer, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt on both sides.
  • Bake for 6 minutes per each side, means flipping once.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tostada | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg
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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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