Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chipotle Chicken Tostada Bites

Last weekend I had the joy of attending my friend Nicole's baby shower.  She's having twin(!) boys!!  Nicole's had a rough go of things with her pregnancy.  She was ordered on bed rest (including six weeks in the hospital) at a frighteningly early time.  But with great medical care, tremendous attention and dedication on the part of her and her family, and the grace of God, she is still carrying two healthy baby boys in her ever-growing belly.  If ever a pregnant woman deserved to be showered, it's Nicole.

Nicole loves Mexican food, so it was a perfect and easy choice for the food at her shower.  The two ladies who hosted the shower know Nicole so well but, both being busy new moms themselves, I offered to bring something to help out.  As soon I mentioned tostada bites, they were locked in.  As soon as I brought them, they were gone.  Talk about a hit!

A word of advice on these--wait to assemble them until the last second.  The chips get soggy if the guacamole sits on them too long.  Luckily, all the components will be fine if made the night before or morning of serving.

chipotle chicken tostada bites

Chipotle Chicken Tostada Bites
inspired by Z'Tejas

1/4 c. plus 2 TBSP chipotle salsa, pureed (I like Herdez brand)
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 avocados
zest and juice of one lime
2 TBSP red onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 Roma tomato, seeds removed, finely chopped
2 TBSP fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely minced (optional)
1/4 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
24 round tortilla chips
24 cilantro leaves, for garnish

1.  The night before serving, pour 1/4 c. pureed chipotle salsa over the chicken breast and allow to marinate, tightly covered, in the refrigerator.  Turn once during marinating time.

2.  Cook the chicken, covered, in a saute pan.  Allow to cool, then shred.  Mix shredded meat with remaining two TBSP salsa.

3.  While chicken is cooling, make guacamole by combining all remaining ingredients (except chips) in a nonreactive bowl.  Mix together with a fork, leaving only small chunks.  Adjust salt and pepper as desired.

4.  Just before serving, top each chip with a generous TBSP each of guacamole and chicken.  Top with a cilantro leaf and arrange on a platter.

one year ago: lightened Waldorf salad
two years ago: simple roasted asparagus
three years ago: chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting


Amy said...

Those look and sound delicious!! :-) Congrats to your friend!

That Girl said...

So far I've only met one pregnant woman who didn't like Mexican. I think it must be the hormones!

Steph said...

I am in love with this little bite-sized idea. They're so cute, and I wouldn't feel bad if I ate 20 of them ;)

Natalie said...

These are adorable! and so perfect for a party!

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) said...

This look really tasty! I love anything that I can pick up and pop in my mouth. Especially at parties!!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

What a divine little bite of yummyness. Congrats on the Top 9 !!

KC Quaretti- Lee said...

Congratulations on the top 9; well deserved! These not only sound delicious, they look just yummy in your photos!
I'm glad I found your blog an I am now following! I'm also going to share this on facebook; I think a lot of people would enjoy your recipe.
Thanks for a delightful new recipe to try!
KC Quaretti-Lee

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

These sound so good! Perfect party food :)

Kelsey said...

Thanks for sharing them, KC!

cautionhotdish said...

These look and sound delicious! I'm going to have to add these to my list of things to try!

Allison said...

What awesome presentation....these look like they taste soooo good! This will hopefully be manifesting itself in my kitchen in the near future....

Jenn said...

Great idea. These sound delicious. I love the cilantro right on top.

Anonymous said...

These look perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Great recipe idea!

katie @SoTastySoYummy said...

Would you mind sharing the menu for the shower? Looking to do something similar~

Kelsey said...

Hey Katie, most of the food for the shower was actually catered in from the mama's favorite restaurant. We had mini tacos, chimis, and burritos along with chips, salsa, and guac. Another one of the guests makes and decorates cakes, so she brought two small cakes.

Kevin said...

Those look so tasty!

Beshann said...

Does Nicole have a blog?? I had twin boys in March after lots of complications, bedrest, etc. and I would love to connect with someone else with similarities. :)

Kelsey said...


Nicole doesn't have a blog. I am, however, happy to report that she made it to (I believe) about 34 weeks. She and her boys are doing beautifully. I will pass along your thoughts to her and ask her if she'd like to get in touch with you. I'd be happy to orchestrate it if she says yes.

I hope you and your twins are doing well. Thank you for your thoughts and for following my blog.

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

Those look so yummy!

Olivia @ Fat Loss Tips said...

Yummy is all I have to say! These are bite-size but loaded with taste! I actually made them for a recent relaxed gathering with friends and I was complimented repeated!

Anonymous said...

Made this for a party and it was a hit! Loved the flavors. Loved the guacamole!! The only down side is the assembly takes a while, has to be done at the last minute, and then they go really fast!

Anonymous said...

These look totally awesome - can't wait to try them this evening! They'll be a great snack while watching the ball game!

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Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

I love this idea!! These sound and look delicious!

Ibbs Quinton said...

These tasty chicken nibbles are the absolute bomb, thanks so much for your inspiration:
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