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BBQ Chicken Tostadas on a cutting board surfing by tomatoes, limes, and avocado.

BBQ Chicken Tostadas

BBQ Chicken Tostadas are crispy tostada shells layered with shredded chicken in barbecue sauce, followed by an array of diced toppings like creamy avocado, fresh and juicy tomato, chopped cilantro, and sour cream. 
Course Appetizers, Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword Barbecue Chicken Tostadas, BBQ Chicken Tostadas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 333kcal


  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese divided
  • 6 tostada shells
  • Toppings of your choice: diced avocado diced tomato, sour cream, chopped cilantro, etc.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper, set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the chicken with the bbq sauce until coated. Add the red onion and ½ cup of the cheese, stir to combine.
  • Lay the tostadas onto the prepared sheet tray. Evenly divide the chicken mixture onto the tostadas. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is warmed through and the cheese is melted.
  • Add a drizzle more of the bbq sauce and then add your favorite toppings on top. Enjoy!


  • Store-bought tostada shells (what I’ve opted to use in this recipe) can be located in the aisle where you’d find tortillas or hard taco shells. If these are not accessible to you, make your tostada shells by crisping up corn tortillas in the oven instead. This can be done by lightly brushing each side of the tortillas with oil and then baking them for 3-4 minutes on each side. 
  • Having all your toppings and shredded chicken prepared in advance will help you to assemble these BBQ chicken tostadas in no time at all! I recommend that toppings prepared the night or day before be refrigerated in separate containers.
  • For maximum crunchiness, only place the tostada toppings and chicken onto the shells just before you intend serving these to your family and/or friends. 
  • Use your favorite BBQ sauce for these tostadas. Dr Pepper BBQ sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s are both great options!
  • Tostadas are intended to be eaten with your hands as you would with pizza. With that in mind and as tempted as you may be, avoid piling the toppings too high on your tostadas otherwise it’s going to be rather tricky to eat without causing a food avalanche!


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 1mg