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?
You see, I’ve been having too much fun playing with these boys who were home to see their sister perform in Hairspray.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
If you are a sour cream fan you can add a layer of that (I’m not, Tessa and Jim are.)
After that I add the chicken and some salsa.
Then top it off with some crisp lettuce. A sprinkling of sliced black olives would be nice too but I was out of them.
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!!
Makes enough marinade for up to 6 chicken breasts
6 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 C brown sugar
3 Tbsp mustard
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
Mix together and add chicken. Marinate for at least one hour.