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Easy Chicken Tostadas

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posted: 09/20/20

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Easy Chicken Tostadas are perfect for a busy weeknight. This chicken tostada recipe is done in about 20 minutes!

close up of a chicken tostada recipe on a wire cooling rack with diced tomatoes and fresh cilantro

If given the choice of one type of restaurant to go to until the end of time, I would without a doubt pick something from south of the border. I love ordering tacos, nachos, and margaritas. Give me baskets upon baskets of tortilla chips with cups of salsa. I want it all.

Since I like to pretend to be a responsible adult, going out for all the tacos I can manage to consume isn’t a great idea. But! I can make recipes at home that are reminiscent of it. This Chicken Tostada recipe is perfect for that.

This great chicken recipe comes together in about 20 minutes. Additionally, it uses really simple and easy to find ingredients. Your family will love this fast easy dinner.


“You jazzed up our dinners with this wonderful simple chicken dinner”

Chicken Tostada Ingredients

One of the best parts about this recipe is the simple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Canned Corn
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Salsa
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Beans
  • Cheese

Shredded Chicken

One of the things that makes this recipe so fast is by using pre-cooked chicken. I highly recommend that you use either shredded chicken that you have frozen or rotisserie chicken. It is the great thing that keeps this recipe 20 minutes.

How to Freeze Shredded Chicken

I love keeping shredded chicken in my freezer. It is simple to do too.

  1. Cook a large batch of boneless skinless chicken breasts or buy several rotisserie chickens.
  2. Shred the cooked chicken and allow it to cool. It should be cool enough to handle easily.
  3. Spread the cooked chicken on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer.
  4. Freeze for 1 hour. Then transfer the chicken to airtight containers and return to the freezer.

You can keep frozen chicken like this in the freezer for up to three months.

overhead view of a corn tortilla chicken tostada recipe garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro

Salsa Recommendations

For these chicken tostadas, I would recommend using a store-bought salsa that isn’t too thin. I love my Blender Salsa, but it is on the thinner side and will likely make the tostada shells too soggy.

I used Pace Picante salsa (my kids prefer mild), and it worked perfect.

How to Make Tostada Shells

The thing that will take these chicken tostadas from a make at home dinner to feeling like eating out is a great tostada shell. You can certainly buy them, but they are very easy to make.

Brush corn tortillas with vegetable oil. Do not use flour shells. There should be enough oil that each side has a nice shine to it, but there should not be so much that it pools.

a hand using a silicon brush to spread vegetable oil onto an uncooked corn tortilla on a rimmed baking sheet with five other corn tortillas

Bake the tray of corn tortillas for 5 minutes. Take them out, flip them over, and then put them back in the oven with the pan rotated from its original position. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

overhead photo of a rimmed baking sheet with six corn tortillas that have been baked to make homemade tostadas

The amount of time it takes to make your own shells is the perfect length of time to complete the rest of the recipe. Alternatively, if you want to use store-bought tostada shells, that would work as well.

Other Great Recipes

If you too are craving taco night every night, here are some suggestions:

  • This Chicken Taco recipe is actually the best. My kids request it once a week.
  • Cilantro Lime Rice is a must for me.
  • And while this Taco Pizza does not exactly fall in the taco category, I’m adding it because it is such a hit with the kids.
shredded chicken tostada on a rimmed baking sheet garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro

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shredded chicken tostada on a rimmed baking sheet garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro
5 from 6 votes

Easy Chicken Tostadas

Serves: 8 tostadas
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Easy Chicken Tostadas are perfect for a busy weeknight. This chicken tostada recipe is done in about 20 minutes!


  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8.5 ounces corn drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken (see more about using cooked chicken)
  • 8 ounces salsa (see my salsa recommendation)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning storebought or homemade
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups colby jack cheese shredded
  • fresh cilantro
  • tomatoes


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Lay the tortillas on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the tortillas with the canola oil. Thick enough so that the whole side is shiney, but not so thick that you can see pools of oil. Flip them and brush the other sides. Bake for 10 minutes, flipping the toritllas half way through and rotating the pan.
  • While the tortillas are cooking, in a medium to large sauce pan, combine chicken, salsa, taco seasoning, corn, and black beans over medium heat. Cooking, stirring occasionally, until it is cooked through. About 5 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 a cup of the mixture to the top of each tortilla. Top with 1/4 a cup of cheese each, and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is compltely melted.
  • Top with cilantro and diced tomatoes.
Serving: 1tostada Calories: 289kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 15g (30%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 52mg (17%) Sodium: 834mg (36%) Potassium: 67mg (2%) Fiber: 5g (21%) Sugar: 5g (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
shredded chicken tostada on a rimmed baking sheet garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro

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  1. Jennie B says

    5 stars
    You jazzed up our dinners with this wonderful simple chicken dinner :D

    • Lisa Longley says

      Glad to hear it, Jennie!

  2. Barbara B Lester says

    Looks delicious; however, I would add shredded lettuce to the topping along with tomatoes and perhaps avocado in order to make an authentic tostada!

  3. Lynda says

    5 stars
    Great ideas Lisa. Thanks. Making the chicken tostadas tonight .

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them!

  4. Sabrena W. says

    I will definitely be trying this recipe! Thanks!

  5. Yvonne says

    When doing the chicken in oven what do you use on the chicken, oils, seasoning etc & temperature Thanks Yvonne

    • Lisa Longley says

      I usually just boil my chicken breasts on the stovetop. If you are going to cook them in the oven, it will be 375 for 30 minutes or until they reach 165 degrees. Chicken breasts vary greatly in size, so you will want to keep a close eye on the temperature so they aren’t overdone and dry. You can season them lightly with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, but no need to add a lot if it is for this totasta recipe.

  6. Micky says

    Your recipes are so easy to do and very good as well. You always have a great variant dir ecru on thanks for all the great recipes you have posted. They are super

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Micky!

  7. Annie says

    You stated don’t use flour tortillas. I was wondering why? I just assumed they would get crispy brushed with oil and in the oven. Thank for taking the time to answer. Have a great day.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Annie, they don’t crisp up the way corn tortillas do. And then wen you add the toppings they just get soggy.

  8. Cherice says

    5 stars
    Very simple to follow. Printed this and gave to my daughter to try. First time living on her own. So recipes like this are perfect.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope your daughter loves these, Cherice!

  9. Suzanne Hennessy says

    5 stars
    Absolutely scrumptious! Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Suzanne!

  10. stacy says

    Can you use the already crispy tostadas you can buy in the store with the rest of the recipe ? just to save time? or would that not work? thank you- sounds great.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Absolutely! That would still totally work.

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