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Shredded chicken on a tostada and refried beans and topped with sour cream, diced tomatoes and green onions.

Shredded Chicken Tostadas

These shredded chicken tostadas are a great way to change up taco night.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword shredded chicken, tostadas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 416kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 16 ounce can Refried Beans warmed through
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast boneless and skinless (2 chicken breasts)
  • 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cup Water
  • 8-10 Tostadas


  • Add the refried beans to a small saucepan. Heat on low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through. Keep them warm until ready to serve.
  • Add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper to a small bowl, stir to combine.
  • Heat the canola oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 3 minutes per side, just to get the chicken going and to brown on the outside.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set on a plate or pan.
  • Do not wash the skillet, set it back over medium heat and add the tomato sauce, water and prepared seasoning mix, stir well to combine.
  • When the sauce comes to a simmer return the chicken to the skillet, cover and cook 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through (at least 165°F at its thickest part).
  • Keep the sauce at a simmer, Turn the chicken about half way through the cooking time, and stir the sauce occasionally.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and continue cooking the sauce, covered on low heat.
  • Place the chicken on a cutting board or pan and shred using two forks when it's cool enough to handle.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the skillet and cook a few minutes until warmed through and the sauce is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  • Build the shredded chicken tostadas
  • Add a layer of the refried beans to a tostada, about 1 – 1½ tablespoon will do it. Add a generous amount of the shredded chicken then top with your favorite toppings.


Suggested Toppings:
Cheddar Jack Cheese, finely shredded
Shredded Lettuce
Diced TomatoesGreen Onions, chopped
Hot Sauce, for serving
Sour Cream, for serving


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1914mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg