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posted: 01/29/22

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Easy Chicken Tostadas are perfect for a busy weeknight. This fast spin on chicken tostadas 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.

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Chicken Tostada Ingredients

One of the best parts about this recipe is the simple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the recipe card and how to put this easy dinner together.

  • 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.

Taco Seasoning

If you live in the United States, you are probably very familiar with the packet of taco seasoning sold in the grocery store. While that packet will absolutely work in this recipe, if you would rather make homemade, I have a great homemade taco seasoning recipe.

I have the measurements you need to replace that grocery store packet, and also the measurements to make a big batch. If you make a big batch, you can just pull out 3 tablespoons any time you want to replace the store bought packet.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Taco Seasoning comes together fast with measurements for one pound of meat or for a whole container to keep in your pantry! Make it extra spicy or keep it mild. We use this recipe weekly!
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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.

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Make Vegetarian Tostadas

Once you realize how simple it is to make tostadas, you will want to top them with everything under the sun. If you are looking to make your diet a little lighter, make these amazing Tostadas! They are made with my crockpot pinto beans and are so light and delicious!

Vegetarian Tostada

These Tostadas make for a quick and easy dinner that your family will love! These are even quick enough that you could make them as a snack!
a tostada on a baking sheet
shredded chicken tostada on a rimmed baking sheet garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro

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.

If you make these Chicken Tostadas or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

shredded chicken tostada on a rimmed baking sheet garnished with diced tomatoes and cilantro
5 from 59 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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 tortillas half way through and rotating the pan. (Because ovens and baking pans vary, check on the tortillas every 2 to 3 minutes to ensure they do not burn. Keep in mind that while I would not use flour tortillas here, if you do, they will need less time.)
  • 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. Dee says

    Tortillas did burn the first round highly recommend watching them every 3 mins. The recipe is easy but if you want spicy recommend getting a hot salsa.

  2. Linda says

    Can I use flour tortillas?

    • Lisa Longley says

      No, for this recipe you really need to use corn tortillas.

  3. Linnea says

    5 stars
    I love quick easy recipes and that is tasty and that what this is
    my husband loved even through the put franks red hot on it but he liked it and that’s all that counts
    Thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked these!

  4. Stacy says

    I made these tonight and everyone enjoyed them! It was so easy to put together.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ms o glad to hear it!

  5. Sheri says

    I hate corn tortillas, I used flour and baked them my way used more seasoning and sour cream. Was great! So yes you can use flour tortillas. My family loved it with the flour tortillas too

  6. Jackie says

    5 stars
    This was so tasty!! Easy to make and everyone loved it!! Will definitely be making this again!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that this was a hit.

  7. Syn White says

    5 stars
    We made a gluten free version for myself and the regular version (after mine) for my family. Excellent and easy. Very colorful, filling and delicious! Thank you!❤️

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad that you enjoyed these!

  8. Linda says

    5 stars
    Be very careful baking the tortilla’s, they burn very easily. Burnt in less than 10 min. Thank goodness they all didn’t fit on the pan. Couldn’t find corn so used flour. Not sure if that made a difference. Other than that they were very good.

    • Lisa Longley says

      The difference between corn and flour here could absolutely account for that, but they do need to be watched closely either way. I will add that to the instructions. I’m glad you liked them!

  9. Kathy says

    5 stars
    Quick, easy. Very good ! My daughter and kids enjoyed them. My 5 year old Granddaughter ate 2 at dinner ! Thank you 😊

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that these were a hit!

  10. Julie says

    Could these be made with refried beans instead of black beans?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Absolutely! I would just spread that on the toasted tortillas and then add the rest of the ingredients on top.

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