Stir Up Supper with Jenn Hobby - a daily dinner idea!
Chicken Tostada Salad
Recipe from "Simply Salads" by Jennifer Chandler & Real-Life Notes from Jenn Hobby
4 (8-10inch) four tortillas (Note 1)
3/4 cup coarsely shredded pepper jack cheese
1 bag (8 ounces) Shredded Lettuce (Note 2)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (Note 3)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 cup jarred green salsa (Note 4)
freshly ground back pepper
1 large tomato diced
1/4 cup sour cream
Optional additions: sliced avocado, sliced black olives, thinly sliced radishes, rinsed and drained black beans, cooked fresh or frozen corn, diced red onions, lime wedges, lime zest (Note 5)
Preheat Oven to 395 degrees F. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and evenly cover with the shredded cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crunchy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to serving plates.
In a large bowl, toss together the shredded lettuce, chicken and cilantro. Add the salsa and season with salt and pepper. Spoon salad even;y over the warm tortillas. Garnish with tomato and sour cream. Serve.
1. The gluten-free option is to use corn tortillas and double the amount, since corn tortillas are smaller in size. (To address a few GF questions I have recently received, I still try to limit my gluten intake, but I have not been strictly gluten free since finding out I was pregnant. I believe you should eat what your body wants when you are expecting. Since I am not celiac, only moderately gluten-intolerant, I am allowing myself more freedom to eat wheat during pregnancy.)
2. I bought a a bag of romaine hearts instead and shredded it myself. When shopping for lettuce, I find the bags go bad very quickly. Your lettuce will stretch farther into other meals and last longer, if you buy heads of lettuce. If you buy a bag, eat it in the next 2 days.
3. You can add any type of cooked chicken you like. You can boil, grill or sauté the chicken, then shred. In a hurry, you can purchase a rotisserie chicken from the deli and shred it.
4. You can find green salsa (or salsa verde) sometimes made fresh in the deli or refrigerator sections of your grocery store. I think fresh salsa always tastes better than the kind in the jar. If you don't like the taste of salsa verde, you can substitute your favorite kind of salsa in this recipe!
5. The most fun part of creating salads in your kitchen is to mix it up and try your favorite veggies with it. I listed a few ideas in the ingredient section, but try any that you love!
Enjoy! With love, Jenn