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Chili-Lime Chicken Tostadas

The flavor of this tender chicken is delicious with a hint of lime. It has just the right amount of heat to spice it up but keep it family friendly. —Laura Powell, South Jordan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 tostada shells
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fat-free refried beans
  • Optional ingredients: Shredded cabbage, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, sliced ripe olives and guacamole


  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine chicken and onion. In a small bowl, combine the green chilies, lime juice, chili powder and garlic; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove chicken; cool slightly. Set aside 2/3 cup cooking juices. Discard remaining juices. Shred chicken with two forks and return to slow cooker. Stir in reserved cooking juices.
  • Spread tostadas with refried beans; top with chicken. Layer with cabbage, cheese, salsa, sour cream, olives and guacamole if desired.

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  • kathleenheine
    Jan 26, 2013

    I didn't discard any of the juice and items cooked with meat - just mixed it back in for flavor.

  • TasteOfHome_Food_Editor
    Jan 24, 2013

    Although 4 pounds of chicken seems like a lot for 5 servings, we?ve found that you lose over half the weight once it?s cooked and the bones are removed. So for this recipe you end up with about 2 pounds of cooked chicken, which would serve about 5 people.

  • JanCH
    Jan 23, 2013

    Not a lot of flavor. Might help to add more 'heat' and perhaps salsa verde.

  • Rockymtn Bloom
    Jan 23, 2013

    I started to make this but I think there is a correction needed here, the Yield says "5 servings" but the recipe calls for 4 pounds of chicken.

  • cimdy
    Jan 21, 2013

    Sounds delish, but 4 pounds of chicken sounds like an awful lot proportionately to the quantity of other ingredients. Should this be 4 breasts???

  • fredaevans
    Jan 21, 2013