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Easy Chicken Tostadas

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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!
bottle of spice jar with homemade taco seasoning

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 57 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 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. Cindy says

    Sound delicious! Can i make these on the grill for a cookout?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ve never tried these on a grill. If you do, please let me know how it goes!

  2. Isabella Micallef says

    5 stars
    First time eating Tostadas!
    I tried them, we ate them and loved them!!!
    So easy but so delicious.
    Thanks a lot for the recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that this recipe was a hit for your family, Isabella!

  3. LD says

    5 stars
    Tried them today and we loved them. Made with 3 cheese Mexican blend by Sargento. Added a tiny bit of water and about a tbsp of taco sauce. It made it a bit spicy for the S/O tho so I will just stick to a few tsps of water in the mix.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked these!

  4. Jenn says

    5 stars
    Made this very tasty recipe!! So easy, quick, and simple. Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe. I added fresh salsa on top after baking along with the chopped cilantro and Mexican Crema as well!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it, Jenn!

  5. Kim says

    5 stars
    New family favorite! I’ve made them twice in a week. Super easy and lots of flavor.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy this is a hit in your house!

  6. Teresa says

    5 stars
    I’ve made these twice now. I used habanero salsa and added black olives to the mixture. Also topped them with jalapeno’s before baking. They were delicous.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it!

  7. Joanie says

    I want to try these with flour tortillas. Will they work?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I wouldn’t recommend these with flour tortillas, the flour tortillas just don’t crisp up in a nice way.

  8. Lori says

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe Lisa!! I’m making these for a second time today. First time I had half of it left over and decided to use the mixture and wrap it up in the extra corn tortillas like enchiladas and then smothered in green enchilada sauce and cheese, then baked for about 30 minutes. We then topped the enchiladas with shredded lettuce and tomato’s. So delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  9. Ruth says

    5 stars
    I made with some leftover chicken I had. They were great!! I also used your taco seasoning recipe. I will keep this recipe close by for a quick summer meal. Thank you!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked this!

  10. Lee says

    5 stars
    I made these tonight and my husband and I loved them. I had leftover Costco Rotisserie Chicken and one huge breast was just enough. We have enough for another meal, I’d highly recommend this.
    Thanks for the great recipe

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad this was a hit!

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