So, Sunday I spent the day lazing around the house and catching a few rays at 4nP's pool with my neighbors. During this time I read the August issue of Cooking Light. and I stumbled upon a recipe for a healthy chicken and guacamole tostadas that would require no cooking (bonus on a lazy day). Lots of fresh ingredients, a rotisserie chicken, packaged tostadas and- Ta-Da! just like the article proclaims.
So here's what ya need:
- 1 ripe peeled avocado
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato, divided
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh onion, divided
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
- 2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 8 (6-inch) corn tostada shells
Preparation1. Place avocado in a small bowl; mash with a fork. Stir in 2 tablespoons tomato, 1 tablespoon onion, 1 tablespoon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and garlic.
2. Combine remaining 1 cup tomato, 2 tablespoons onion, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cilantro, and jalapeño; toss well.
3. Combine chicken, remaining 1 tablespoon juice, and paprika; toss well to combine. Spread about 1 tablespoon guacamole over each tostada shell; top each with 1/4 cup chicken mixture and about 2 tablespoons salsa.
And this is what ya get:
And I gotta say, they were awesome. The cool guac and fresh salsa were great for a summer day, and the crunchy tostada was a great touch. It was easy, delicious, and definitely something I will make again.
I made one change to the recipe:
I decided to go ahead and bake some chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on) and shred those rather than use a pre-cooked chicken for two reasons:
1. I couldn't find where the heck a rotisserie chicken was when I went to the grocery store
2. I really prefer the flavor of chicken thighs to breasts.
Next time I will make two other changes:
1. I am going to add some chili powder and/or chipotle seasoning to the chicken mixture. There just wasn't really any spice in this dish and Jeff and I love a little heat. So if you like a kick, I would add one of these to the chicken.
2. Add a touch more cilantro if you are a fan. I'm a huge fan and it really got lost in all the other ingredients which is a tough feat for such a dominate flavor
You can find the nutrition info and the recipe here: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=2001898
Grade? A- only because it wasn't spicy. Next time, I'm sure it will be an A