Chili-Lime Chicken Tostada with Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Crema

Chili-Lime Chicken Tostada with Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Crema

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken breasts are marinated in chili and lime, then served on crisp corn tortillas with homemade pico de gallo and dollops of creamy chipotle sauce for a Mexican-inspired dinner that's special enough for company.

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  • Marinade:
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1¼ pounds bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Chipotle Crema:
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce,minced (about 1 tablespoon) (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno chile pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup no-salt-added canned black beans
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style four cheese blend (1 ounce)


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  1. To prepare Marinade: In a small bowl, combine lime peel, the ¼ cup lime juice, the 2 Tablespoons agave nectar, 6 cloves garlic, and chili powder. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over chicken in bag; turn once to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Arrange chicken in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle chicken with black pepper and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Bake about 45 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170°F). When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone and shred or cut into bite-size pieces. Transfer to an airtight storage container. Cover and seal. Chill for up to 3 days.
  3. Meanwhile, for the Chipotle Crema, in a small food processor, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, chipotle chile peppers, the 1 Tablespoon lime juice, and the 1 teaspoon agave nectar. Cover and process until combined. Spoon into an airtight storage container. Cover and seal. Chill for up to 3 days.
  4. To prepare Pico de Gallo: Combine tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, 1 Tablespoon jalapeno chile pepper, 1 Tablespoon lime juice, 2 cloves garlic, and ⅛ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Spoon into an airtight storage container. Cover and seal. Chill for up to 3 days.
  5. To serve, preheat broiler. Shred lettuce. Rinse and drain beans. Place tortillas on a baking sheet. Coat both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, turning once halfway through broiling time.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick skillet, combine chicken shreds or pieces, black beans, and broth. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until heated through (165°F), stirring occasionally.
  7. Place tortillas on four dinner plates. Top each tortilla with 1 cup of the shredded romaine, one-fourth of the chicken-black bean mixture, about ¼ cup of the Pico de Gallo, 2 Tablespoons of the chipotle crema, and 1 Tablespoon of the cheese.
  • Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tostada with 2 cups toppings
  • Per serving: 402 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 8 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 84 mcg folate; 82 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 5,107 IU vitamin A; 30 mg vitamin C; 238 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 492 mg sodium; 781 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (102% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv), Calcium (24% dv), Folate (21% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 4 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, ½ fat, ½ other carb

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