Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings

A south-of-the-border supper is ready in a snap thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders. The tostadas can easily become soft tacos if you skip broiling the tortillas. Serve with black beans.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

Combine first 3 ingredients, stirring well. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over chicken. Add chicken to pan; sauté for 3 minutes. Add onion, corn, and zucchini to pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in salsa and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.

Step 3

Working with 2 tortillas at a time, arrange tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet; lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray. Broil 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon about 3/4 cup chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla; sprinkle each serving with 1/4 cup cheese. Broil an additional 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas, chicken mixture, and cheese. Sprinkle each serving with about 3/4 teaspoon of remaining cilantro. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light August, 2006 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

Ratings & Reviews


July 21, 2015
My family loved this recipe!  It was too hot to turn on the oven so we ate them like tacos.  Love the summer veggies!

mburek225's Review

Hong Kong Chef
August 28, 2013
Made this last night for me and my fiance...OMG so much flavor! This recipe will definitely be made again in our house :) We aren't big fans of cilantro, so we didn't put that in. I did add in black beans and then diced up some avocado to put on afterwards once the tostada came out. Delish!!!

shelliemac's Review

May 25, 2013
Excellent!! When I broiled the tortillas the first 3 minutes they puffed up and were really well done. So on the second batch, I skipped the pre-broiling and just broiled the tortillas with the chicken mixture and cheese for three minutes, and they came out perfect! Served with salsa and sour cream.

Jazzy1's Review

May 07, 2013
Dish is very good. Recipe is a little off, since it does not tell you to dice or shred the chicken. You, also don't want to combine the first three ingredients. It's the next three after the oil. I added the black beans into the mixture and added extra salsa verde. My husband loved it. Be careful when broiling the tortillas. It does not take 3 minutes, and they burn very quickly.

Terrific and Super Easy

June 10, 2016
I decided to try this on the spur of the moment and boy, am I glad I did! I jazzed it up a bit by using mango salsa. This is a perfect meal when you don't want to slave in the kitchen but still want good food. 


May 06, 2016
This is a great weeknight meal and quick to make. Everyone loved it, and it was adaptable for my toddler and infant. Made filling into a quick quesadilla for the toddler and gave the filling to my 14mo old. It was a hit all around. However, I didn't have Monterey Jack cheese, so I used queso fresco instead. I think that will be my choice of cheese instead of the jack cheese. Melted easily in the broiler and tasted fabulous.


March 31, 2016
This dish is so delicious and so easy. I have put it on my weeknight rotation twice already. The kids and my husband love it. I omitted the cilantro, because I am not a huge fan it it. Also, I use regular red salsa instead of salsa verde. 


September 30, 2015
This was a very good dish.  To save a little more time, I used ready made italian chicken patties and canned corn.  A great dish for after the game. 

Good use of summer veggies

September 16, 2015
This one might have gotten better reviews if we hadn't eaten it in the same week (and after) the recipe for soft black bean tostadas.  We preferred the other recipe over this one, but agreed this one wasn't bad.


July 15, 2015
One of the best recipes I've found. I used, frozen corn, red salsa, and white onion because that's what I had on hand. Also Rudi's Whole Grain wraps with flax seed for more nutrition. Will definitely be making in the future!