Chicken Tostadas with Favorite Marinade

Quick and easy dinners have been a necessity around here lately.

We have just been having so much fun that cooking dinner has been one of the last things on my list.

Today’s recipe for chicken tostadas using my favorite marinade is quick, easy and delicious!  What more could you ask for you?

CHicken Tostadas

You see, I’ve been having too much fun playing with these boys who were home to see their sister perform in Hairspray.

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We’ve also been spending time with these three little ladies, three of my  favorite people in the world!  They came all the way from Utah to see Tessa’s show.

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What do you think of Tessa’s fun wig she wears in the finale??!!

The only thing missing this last weekend was Cali but she will be home this next weekend.

The secret to today’s recipe is “in the sauce” or rather in the marinade. Marinated chicken can be used for all kinds of things.

You can just grill the chicken and serve with rice or potatoes.

You can cube it up and put it on some skewers with some favorite veges for shiskabob.

It is also great diced up and made into tacos, enchiladas or burritos.

My personal favorite though is a tostada.

I just put the chicken in to marinade first thing in the morning.  We grilled the chicken that evening or you could bake it too but I prefer grilling.

All you need to do is dice it up and then you are ready to build your tostada.

CHicken Tostadas

I use the premade tostada shells which are available in the grocery store in the tortilla section.  I jazz them up a bit by covering them with some cheese, I used a Mexican blend that came pre-grated (quick and easy.)

CHicken Tostadas

Then I stick them under the broiler until the cheese melts and the edges get a little golden brown.  Watch them closely because it doesn’t take long.

CHicken Tostadas

Now you are ready to build.

We like refried beans (with a little salsa and cheese added in and baked until hot and bubbly), salsa, sour cream and lettuce.

CHicken Tostadas

Please excuse the bowl with the baked on beans all of the side but that’s just how it is.

First, add a layer of beans.

CHicken Tostadas

If you are a sour cream fan you can add a layer of that (I’m not, Tessa and Jim are.)

CHicken Tostadas

After that I add the chicken and some salsa.

CHicken Tostadas

Then top it off with some crisp lettuce.  A sprinkling of sliced black olives would be nice too but I was out of them.

CHicken Tostadas

The next step is to pick it up (with your hands) and enjoy.  Yes, tostadas are finger food!

You can get creative and come up with your own toppings.  It is a great meal for a group because everyone can custom make their own tostada!

We’re getting ready for another fun week, more Hairspray, more company and the cast party.  I’ll have some fun party ideas to share with you later this week.  I’m off to figure out how to make my own hair shaped cookie cutter!!

Chicken Tostadas with Favorite Marinade
 
Ingredients
  • Makes enough marinade for up to 6 chicken breasts
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ C apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp mustard
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix together and add chicken
  2. Marinate for at least one hour
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. Katie Mitchell says

    This sounds great! I make homemade refried beans all the time, and this would go great with them. I’ll have to make it soon.

  2. says

    Looks so yummy! What about marinading a small pork tenderloin, would it still be good? Love the new layout, its so pretty!

  3. Cathrine says

    Your new blog layout is super cute and I thought Tessa was wonderful in Hairspray. This recipe looks easy and scrumptious. I’ll have to add it to my “to-try list” :-)

  4. Angie says

    I made these for dinner and my husband loved them. Thanks for the recipe! I LOVE the new look of the blog!

  5. kelly says

    tostadas are my favorite! can’t wait to try it with the chicken! tessa looks adorable and i am sure you are having such a fun week with your kids!

  6. Glenna Scribner says

    Imagine my surprise when I decided to check out this recipe, and there is a picture of a friend of mine and her 2 daughters. Are you related? A lot of the recipes in my collection come from Emily.

  7. says

    Emily is my niece in law. She is married to my husband’s oldest brother’s son. We adore Emily and her two girls (and her husband too) I usually stay with Emily when I am in Utah.

  8. Jason says

    Leigh Anne,
    That marinade recipe is dynamite! I almost ate my hands it was so good. Trying it on beef short ribs tonight. Thank you so much!

  9. Christina says

    Really yummy! We made these for supper tonight and enjoyed. It was our first time trying toastadas. Definitely will make them again.

  10. Tammy says

    Looks so good. Just wondering how you cook your chicken after its done marinating? Thanks so much…looks sooo yummy!

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