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How to Make Chicken Salad Tostadas

Chicken salad tostadas present a fusion of Mexican cuisine with a refreshing twist. These tostadas feature crispy fried or baked tortillas as their base, offering a satisfying crunch to contrast with the salad’s textures.

Rooted in Mexican culinary influence, chicken salad tostadas integrate a flavorful chicken salad as the primary topping. The chicken is often seasoned and cooked to tenderness, then shredded or diced and mixed with ingredients such as mayonnaise, celery, onions, and spices, creating a creamy and savory salad.

The tortillas are prepared by frying or baking until achieving a crispy consistency, providing a sturdy foundation for the chicken salad topping. Toppings may also include shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado slices, or a drizzle of dressing or salsa to complement the salad’s flavors.

Chicken salad tostadas offer a lighter, fresher take on the traditional tostada, combining the satisfying crunch of the tortilla base with the creamy and flavorful chicken salad topping. The dish embodies a fusion of textures and tastes, providing a delightful and satisfying eating experience.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Ideal for those who love the combination of crunchy and fresh textures in a single bite.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 30 minutes, a quick and wholesome option for a light meal.
  • Nutrition Facts: A balanced dish with protein, veggies, and the crunch of tostadas.

About This Recipe

Chicken Salad Tostada combines the crunchiness of tostadas with a zesty chicken salad, creating a light and refreshing meal. The seasoned chicken pairs perfectly with crisp tostadas and vibrant salad ingredients, offering a delightful and balanced flavor profile.

Equipment Required

  1. Baking sheet
  2. Mixing bowls
  3. Tongs


For the Chicken Salad:

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced radishes
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


Chicken Salad:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine shredded chicken, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lime zest, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix until well combined and the chicken is evenly coated.


  1. Warm corn tostadas in the oven according to package instructions.
  2. On each tostada, spread a layer of the prepared chicken salad.
  3. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced radishes, avocado slices, and chopped cilantro.

Optional Additions

  • Crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
  • Sliced jalapeños for a spicy kick

Storage Options

Chicken Salad Tostadas are best enjoyed immediately to maintain the crunchiness of the tostadas. Store the chicken salad and tostada toppings separately and assemble just before serving.

Flavor Variations

Experiment with different herbs and spices in the chicken salad, or add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for an extra burst of citrusy flavor.


Chicken Salad Tostada offers a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, combining the crispiness of tostadas with the freshness of zesty chicken salad. This dish is perfect for a light and satisfying meal that brings a burst of flavor to your taste buds. ¡Buen provecho!