SPICY BBQ CHICKEN TOSTADAS
Spicy BBQ Chicken Tostadas
- Spicy BBQ Chicken:
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 pounds bone in, skinless chicken thighs
- For the tostadas:
- Tostadas (store bought or homemade*)
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese of your choice (I used Monterey Jack & Colby)
- Salsa or pico de gallo
- Lime wedges
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
Generously rub the spice mixture on the chicken thighs, making sure to thoroughly coat.
Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until juices run clear and is completely cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
Using 2 forks, remove the chicken from the bones. Use this seasoned chicken or your tostadas.
To assemble your tostadas, spread a dollop of sour cream on top of the tostadas. Top with a heaping tablespoon of the spicy bbq chicken. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
*To make homemade tostadas, briefly fry corn tortillas in oil until crisp and lightly browned. Drain on a paper towel and cool slightly before topping.
When it comes to Tex-Mex fare, taco seasoning is commonly used to flavor meats like chicken, beef, pork, even seafood. Rather than using a packaged taco seasoning mix or even making my own, I thought about trying a different seasoning. Tex-Mex fare doesn't have to taste like tacos, right?! I came across a spicy BBQ chicken rub recipe that I used on bone in/skinless chicken thighs. Rather than eating as is, I removed the chicken off the bone, shredded and use that as a topping for tostadas. It was delicious and I especially liked the sweet and spicy flavor the BBQ rub imparted on teh chicken. That flavor was due to the use of dark brown sugar and a nice hit of cayenne pepper, which was a nice balance. Feel free to top your tostadas as you wish. I kept it simple with sour cream, pico de gallo, a touch of cheese and a nice squeeze of fresh lime juice. It was a refreshing, colorful and light dinner, perfect for summer!