Sunday, February 24, 2013

Easy & Light Chicken Tostadas

You have probably picked up by now that we LOVE Mexican food.  These past 7 weeks, I've been searching for lower fat and lighter versions of our favorite foods.  I also don't like to waste leftovers and always like to cook extra when it makes sense to use it for another meal.  This is another example of that.  I still had some leftover refried beans and green chilies from last week, along with extra chicken I cooked when I made the tortilla soup.  The corn tortillas were from a recipe I made a couple weeks ago, but they stay very fresh in the refrigerator.  And slowly, a quick 20 minute meal appears.  Baked, NOT FRIED, these come in at about 200-300 calories per tostada, depending on your toppings, (some go heavier on the cheese and sour cream, if you know what I mean).  Perfect for lunch on the weekend or a quick weeknight meal, you won't be disappointed by these delicious tostadas.  My family really enjoyed them and I hope you do too.

Happy Cooking!

Easy & Light Chicken Tostadas
4-6 corn tortillas (depending on how much chicken you want to pile on)
2 T olive oil
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked and shredded (made extra when I made tortilla soup)
1/2 cup of fat-free refried beans with green chilies
taco sauce, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, light sour cream, and avocado for topping

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  The chicken - mine was made a couple days ago in the soup, and put aside (didn't use all the chicken in the soup, just used the stock as a method to cook some very flavorful chicken). 

Line two baking sheets with foil, and use a basting brush to brush both sides of each tortilla with some olive oil.  Bake 7 min, flip, and bake 4-7 minutes more until golden brown and crispy. 

This method is great for making your own tortilla chips too - taste deep fried but very low fat.

Now start to assemble your tostada.  The beans act as a glue, so spread a thin layer of the beans first, being careful not to break the crispy tortilla.   Now sprinkle with cheese, chicken, taco sauce, and any other toppings you desire.  THAT'S IT!  So quick, easy, and SO YUMMY!    Serve with a salad or your favorite green vegetable.  I ate mine with some steamed broccoli.  Enjoy!

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