Easy Chicken Tostadas

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These easy chicken tostadas are savory, crunchy and packed with flavor. Assemble them in 15 minutes with shredded rotisserie chicken, canned refried beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, fresh produce and olives. Enjoy them for appetizers (on small tostada shells), lunch or dinner.

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15-minute recipe for Mexican Chicken Tostadas

👩🏻‍🍳 Why We Love This Recipe

Most of us are busy people. We want delicious recipes that come together quickly. These chicken tostadas fit the bill. They’re like open flat tacos. Here’s why we love this tasty recipe.

  • It’s a quick easy dinner. Make these chicken tostadas in 15 minutes.
  • We use plenty of fresh ingredients. Yes, we use shortcuts like canned beans, pre-formed tostada shells, and sliced black olives. But the rest of the ingredients, to include pre-shredded cheese, are all fresh items.
  • It’s a money-saving recipe that can feed a hungry crowd. I recommend a rotisserie chicken from Costco. It’s tasty, large and currently sells for about $4.99. The other ingredients are also very affordable.
  • It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken, either rotisserie chicken or fried chicken from yesterday’s dinner.
  • This is a gluten-free recipe. Most pre-made corn tostada shells at the market are gluten free. Look for the GF “certified gluten free” symbol and wording on the label.
  • This chicken tostada recipe is very versatile. It’s great for picky eaters. Everyone can select their own toppings and build a tostada that’s perfect for their taste buds. Want it spicy? Add hot sauce.
  • Tostadas are also yummy Game Day eats. Served as tasty appetizers, they’ll satisfy the hunger of any sports fan.
Mexican tostadas on a serving table
Tostadas de Pollo

👉🏻 The Base: Tostada Rounds

We use pre-made corn tostada shells. In large grocery stores they’re usually found in one of three areas: in the Hispanic section, or near the corn and flour tortillas, or in the bread aisle.

They’re vertically stacked in plastic sleeves or a box. For the freshest shells, check the expiration date. I prefer Guerrero “Tostadas Nortenas Clasicas.” But feel free to choose another brand or another thickness.

Chicken Tostadas made with leftover rotisserie chicken

🛒 Ingredients

The ingredient list for chicken tostadas can be long or short, depending on the specific toppings you enjoy eating or have on hand in the fridge. But here are the basics.

  • Chicken: Buy a rotisserie chicken and shred the breast meat.
  • Tostada Shells: Find these pre-made shells at the market.
  • Refried Beans: I use canned vegetarian (no lard) refried beans. But feel free to use homemade beans instead.
  • Lettuce: Shredded Iceberg lettuce is the traditional choice. But feel free to use romaine lettuce or whatever type you have on hand.
  • Sour Cream: Adds a bit of richness and tang. If desired, use Mexican crema instead.
  • Cheese: Buy pre-shredded mild cheddar cheese or a Mexican blend. Or use Cobly Jack or Monterey Jack instead.
  • Tomatoes: Any type, to include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, etc. Just dice them up. Or use pico de gallo instead.
  • Black Olives: Their delicious salty brine adds a punch of flavor to this easy recipe. But if you’re not a fan of olives, just leave them out.

🥑 Optional Condiments: Jalapeño slices, Mexican limes (key limes), hot sauce or salsa verde, guacamole, and tangy Mexican pickled onions.

How to Make Tostadas

📖 Recipe Steps

  1. Open up a can of refried beans. Warm the beans on stovetop or in the microwave. Warm the shredded rotisserie chicken on stovetop or in the microwave (you may need to add a bit of water or chicken broth to the chicken so it stays moist and doesn’t dry out).
  2. Spread a layer of warm beans over the crisp tostada shell, leaving a 1/2 inch border all the way around. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the beans.
  3. Place the tostadas on a baking sheet. Place the tray under the broiler briefly (about 30 to 90 seconds), just until the cheese has melted. Keep a close eye on the tostadas so they don’t burn.
  4. Immediately top with shredded chicken, sour cream, shredded lettuce, more shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and olives. Your quick meal is ready to serve and enjoy.
Chicken Tostadas made from scratch with leftover rotisserie chicken

🧅 Traditional Condiments for Tostadas

Throughout Mexico, standard condiments for tostadas include a variety of freshly-made salsas, and a variety of bottled hot sauces. A staple on Mexican tables is a dish of radishes, limes and sea salt. Squeeze lime juice over a slice of radish, then sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Traditional condiments for Mexican Tostadas

🔖 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST chicken tostadas, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What is a tostada?

It’s a crispy, flat, fried corn tortilla tortilla topped with beans and cheese in addition to a variety of other toppings such as meat, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, olives, jalapenos, and more.

Can I use canned chicken breast to make this recipe?

Yes, you can. But you’ll need to really squeeze hard to drain off all the water. And you’ll want to season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried oregano to give it some flavor.

How to make this recipe vegan?

Use a can of vegetarian refried beans. Select a plant-based cheddar and mozzarella (dairy-free) mix alternative. For sour cream, use a vegan sour cream alternative like Violife.

Tostadas de pollo topped with fresh ingredients

🧑🏼‍🍳 Expert Tip: How to Make Homemade Tostada Shells

It’s quick and easy to make tostada shells at home. If you have a pack of corn tortillas and cooking oil on hand you can make the shells in minutes.

For appetizers, use small corn tortillas (“street tacos” size). Even smaller ones are available at Mexican markets. Or make your own homemade corn tortillas from scratch.

  1. Line a baking tray with paper towels. Put it aside.
  2. Add 1/4 inch oil (vegetable, corn, soybean, or canola) to a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, submerge the tortilla in the bubbling oil. Let it cook for about 30 seconds, or until stiff and lightly golden. If the oil is too hot, reduce the heat to medium.
  3. With cooking tongs, lift the tostada shell out of the pan and transfer it to the lined tray to drain off oil. Continue cooking more shells until you have the desired quantity.
Mexican Chicken Tostadas (Tostadas Mexicanas)

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Make chicken tostadas with shortcut heroes: store-bought tostada shells, rotisserie chicken, canned beans, pre-shredded cheese and fresh produce. Assemble this easy dinner in 15 minutes.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast
  • 8 (store-bought) tostada shells
  • 1 (16-oz) can refried beans, warmed
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Iceberg lettuce
  • 5 ounces grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (2.25-ounce) can of sliced black olives

Optional: guacamole, hot sauce, sliced Jalapeño, and Mexican lime for squeezing


RECIPE PREP: Warm canned beans on stovetop or in the microwave. Warm shredded rotisserie chicken.

  1. Spread a layer of warm beans over the crisp tostada shell, leaving a 1/2 inch border all the way around. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the beans.
  2. Place the tostadas on a baking sheet. Place it under the broiler briefly (about 30 to 90 seconds), just until the cheese has melted. Keep a close eye on the tostadas so they don’t burn.
  3. Immediately top with shredded chicken, sour cream, shredded lettuce, more shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and olives.


How to make this recipe vegan: Use a can of vegetarian refried beans. Select a plant-based cheddar and mozzarella (dairy-free) mix alternative. For sour cream, use a vegan sour cream alternative like Violife.

How to make this recipe gluten free: Most corn tortillas are gluten free, to include pre-made tostada shells. Just look for the GF label and gluten-free wording on the package.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chicken tostadas, chicken tostada recipe

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    1. Yay! Amanda I’m super excited that you found this delicious rotisserie chicken recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  1. Dropping by to say thank you for sharing this recipe. This is one of the food we served last Saturday and it was a huge hit. Actually, we ran out of these tostadas since it was so delicious and its presentation is really nice.

  2. Wow it looks so good. And that cactus plate is so cute. I have to make this as my home welcome party

  3. These are some great looking pictures and makes me very hungry. Tostadas and that guacamole are like my favorites. Quick and easy to do and you really cannot do them wrong. I have got to try the chicken and rice recipe.

  4. This looks like such an easy yet delicious meal to make. Summer is here and lots of picnics, so will be trying this out, bet my boys will love it. Thanks so much for sharing x

  5. Very timely! So happy to stumble upon your post. Will include this on our menu for the upcoming Mexican night. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. This recipe sounds oh so delicious and very simple to put together! I need to try and make these in the very near future. My future mother-in-law got me into the Guerrero brand of taco shells/tostadas. I bet they will be perfect for this recipe!

  7. This sounds so good. I am doing weight watchers and this recipe could easily adapted for their point system. I pinned it to make it later.

  8. Wow this looks appetizing, though I never tried making Mexican Chicken Tostadas myself, lol. I will try this recipe with my sister, she loves anything Mexican.

  9. These look delicious! I love quick recepies, especially when I’m hungry so 15min is perfect for me. I’m really intrigued by the tostada aspect, usually I just see tacos, but this should be interesting to try out

  10. This Tostadas reminds me of when I visit a friend in the states where he brought me to a local mexican restaurant. Love the freshly cut lime to go with it!

    1. Hi Sam! Isn’t it wonderful how food has the beauty and power to trigger nostalgic memories and emotions? I feel so happy that when you saw these yummy chicken tostadas you thought of your dear friend and travel to the states. I hope you can find the recipe ingredients where you live to recreate this meal in your own home. Many wishes for a fabulous weekend! :-)