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Chicken Tostadas Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.

Chicken Tostadas

Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.

These are your quick, easy chicken tostadas for your busy weeknights or entertaining your guests. Even though I cook a ton, I am always faced with the question, “what is for dinner?” So many times I am tired after a long day and don’t feel like whipping up an elaborate meal. Let’s be real…even though I love to cook, I am consistently reaching for quick and easy recipes!

Chicken Tostadas Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.

These Chicken Tostadas are made using rotisserie chicken which is one of my favorite time-saving hacks in the kitchen. Then you toss it with some taco sauce and diced chipotle peppers for a slightly smoky and spicy flavor. Then you can sprinkle on your favorite type of Mexican cheese — cotija for a slight saltiness or pepper jack for a creamy spicy flavor. 

Before you add all of the toppings, you can heat the chicken and cheese under a broiler to get it nice and toasted. Then you top it with fresh avocado slices, cilantro, pickled onions, and jalapenos. 

Pickled onions are so easy to make with just water, vinegar, sugar, and a touch of salt. Plus the pickled onions stay in the refrigerator for months. They add a tangy, sweet crunch to these chicken tostadas. 

The tostada shells are made by frying corn tortillas in oil until nice and crispy. If you want to skip this step, grab your favorite tostada shells from your local grocery store. 

Chicken Tostadas Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.

How to make Homemade Chicken Tostadas:

  1. Cook the corn tortillas. Pour about 1/2 – 1” inch oil into the skillet and turn the stove on to medium heat. Use a thermometer to check if the oil is hot enough, about 350 degrees. As soon as the oil is at the correct temperature, use tongs to place the tortilla into the pan. Cook each tortilla for about 10 to 15 seconds. Flip it over and cook for another 10 seconds. Remove it from the oil using the tongs and place on a paper-towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt. 
  2. Shred chicken from rotisserie chicken or cooked poached chicken breasts. Toss with taco hot sauce and chopped chipotle chilies. Sprinkle on top of tostada shells. 
  3. Top with cotija cheese and place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler to heat up. Top with pickled red onion, fresh avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro. Serve immediately. 

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Chicken Tostadas Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.

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Chicken Tostadas

By: Modern Honey® - www.modernhoney.com
Chile Chicken Tostadas made with homemade tostada shells topped with chile spiced chicken topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, pickled red onion, fresh avocado, and jalapeños.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 6 Corn Tortillas
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 3 cups Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Taco Sauce (your favorite brand)
  • 2 Chipotle Chilies in adobo sauce (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Cotija Cheese or Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 2 Avocados (sliced)
  • Cilantro Leaves (chopped)

Pickled Onions:

  • 1 Red Onion
  • 3/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt

Instructions 

  • Cook the corn tortillas. Pour about 1/2 - 1” inch oil into the skillet and turn the stove on to medium heat. Use a thermometer to check if the oil is hot enough, about 350 degrees. As soon as the oil is at the correct temperature, use tongs to place the tortilla into the pan. Cook each tortilla for about 10 to 15 seconds. Flip it over and cook for another 10 seconds. Remove it from the oil using the tongs and place on a paper-towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt. 
  • Shred chicken from rotisserie chicken or cooked poached chicken breasts. Toss with taco hot sauce and chopped chipotle chilies. Sprinkle on top of tostada shells. Top with cotija cheese and place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler to heat up.
  • Top with pickled red onion, fresh avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro. Serve immediately.  

Pickled Onions:

  • Thinly slice the onions (I prefer to use a mandoline). Place the sliced onions into a 16-ounce jar.
  • In a small pot, heat the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool and pour on the onions.
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill. The pickled onions are ready once they are a bright pink color and are tender, about 2-3 hours for thinly sliced onions. For thicker onions, you may need to refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Keyword: chicken tostadas, chipotle chicken tostadas, mexican chicken tostadas
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  1. 5 stars
    Growing up my Dad would love to have tostadas after coming home from church. I have passed this love along to my kids and we enjoy this recipe a lot. You certainly elevates a traditional tostada. My Dad would be proud and he would have enjoyed every bite of your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made the coconut curry cauliflower and served it over basamati rice with the lime and cilantro! You are absolutely correct….. in no way will you miss the meat…. It was so fabulous with the perfect flavors.

    Thank you