Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas

Thai Tostada Tuesday! It works.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Are you guys watching the newest season of House of Cards? Umgggg it’s all I can think about right now. I won’t give any spoilers! But, have you noticed how they never eat on the show? Besides that one fancy dinner at the White House, a quick bite in the car and lobster on the Air Force One, THEY NEVER EAT. It’s no wonder Claire Underwood is the Eighth Wonder of the World.

I think I’d rather eat.

Anyway, I’m irrationally obsessed with the show right now. It’s a slightly slower pace than the previous two seasons, but crazy ish is still happening. We have four episodes left! Tell me where you are. Tell me how it ends!

Just kidding.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas / Bev Cooks

I wonder if Claire likes tostadas.

You should know about the sauce on top of these. First of all, I feel like I’m always freaking out, “THE SAUCE. YOU GUYS THE SAUCE. You’ll see STARS. You’ll meet GOD. You’ll slip into COMAS. You’ll see the FUTURE.”

And look, I just want to settle one thing right now. I know I can be dramatic. I know I’m a wildly crazed lunatic on the run with law enforcement on my tail. But listen. There’s peanut butter in this. Coconut milk. Spicy Sambal. Lots of basil and cilantro. Lots of lime juice.

Remember the whole future seeing thing? Right.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Structurally, these are super simple. Chicken, tostada shell, the SAUCEEE and a few garnishes. You could even add more veggies like thinly sliced red bells and/or fresh bean sprouts. Or more sauce.

Flavorfully (<–wait, is that not a word?), these are off their rocker. You can even leave the shells on the soft side if you’re feeling like tacos. Whatever you do, add more sauce.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Claire Underwood approves this message.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas:

What it took for six tostadas:

for the sauce:

* 3 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
* 5 Tbs. coconut milk
* 2 tsp Sambal Oelek
* 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
* 5-6 basil leaves
* handful of loose cilantro leaves

for the rest:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 pound chicken breast
* six white corn tortillas
* shredded purple cabbage
* extra limes
* extra cilantro
* chopped peanuts

In a large food processor, combine the sauce ingredients and blend until you get a smooth operator. I mean sauce.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear on one side for five minutes. Flip and sear another four. Cover and let rest for five minutes. Give the chicken a rough chop.

Lightly coat the tortillas with cooking spray (I used coconut oil) and bake them for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Then for an extra crisp, run them over an open flame on your stove top.

Evenly divide the chicken over the tostada shells. Top with shredded cabbage, cilantro sprigs and a good drizzle of your peanut sauce. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and serve with extra lime wedges!

*add fresh bean sprouts! I was going to but my store was out. And I forgot.

Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Get that sauce in yo’ face.

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29 Responses to Thai Peanut Chicken Tostadas

  1. Ashley Renee March 3, 2015 at 7:31 am #
    UGHHHH. I can not WAITTTTT to start house of cards, but I also feel like I need to find great ribs to eat while I watch it! At least the first few episodes! Although, without Freddy I wonder if that's really just going to depress me? DOES HE COME BACKKK?? You can totally tell me. Actually, lie to me. tell me he comes back and overthrows Frank as president... because that's rational. Anyway, I just moved to NYC from Seattle, so I need to figure out where to get ribs!
  2. Christine March 3, 2015 at 7:43 am #
    Man, these look good! I can see how the sauce will TOTALLY make the dish. My hubby and I just now got into watching HOC so we're still on season 1 but we've wore ourselves out watching just one more episode every night, always regretting it (sort of) the next morning. No spoliers, please! :)
  3. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 3, 2015 at 7:57 am #
    it seems like we are both on the same rhythm with HOC...PS. I preferred her blonde rather than dark hair..what say? Can I come over for this tostadas so we can talk about HOC and finish the last 4 episodes coz i cant stop thinking about it either?
    • Bev Weidner March 3, 2015 at 9:53 am #
      Oh me, tooooo. The dark grows on me in some scenes, but I prefer her blonde. Fo' sho'.
  4. kelley March 3, 2015 at 8:21 am #
    Ha! I've only watched the first season. I guess I need to get back on it. And these look amaze balls. Gorgeous photos as always!
  5. Ashley March 3, 2015 at 8:39 am #
    Claire does NOT like tostadas! They are WAY too messy. I think in S3 E2 Frank took a bite of a PB + J that he made for himself. I know he made one but can't remember seeing him chew...there was also a sandwich and chips on his desk but no eating. To see them eat would probably make them feel too relatable....maybe? Who knows! Just finished E2. And, yah...I'd gladly eat a tostada and watch HOC with you any day.
  6. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog March 3, 2015 at 9:51 am #
    This is obvs a welcome to yumville -- obviously.
  7. lauren alysse March 3, 2015 at 10:54 am #
    these look great! I finished HoC on Sunday and it was cray cray!!! Like you said, not as exciting as past seasons, but still interesting. but i'm interested to see where they go from here.
  8. Heather March 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm #
    Ooh, these look delish. I totally get why you're going nuts for that sauce. I'm a sucker for a good peanut drizzle. I just finished season 2 of HoC so season 3 is up next. I feel like I have to read twitter through my fingers - I'm so terrified that I'll see some kind of spoiler! They're so crazy ruthless. I just can't imagine what they'll do this season. Can't wait!
  9. Lorna March 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm #
    Mm, now, Mexican gone Thai. There's an idea and a half!
  10. Kelly March 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm #
    These look SOOO GOOD. I definitely want to try them!
  11. Jenny Flake March 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm #
    Great idea and very creative! I love all those yummy flavors together :D
  12. Amy March 4, 2015 at 9:38 pm #
    Ah man. :( I was just in KC the other day to make a trip to the international market. I wish that I'd had this recipe then because it looks like a sure fire winner at my house. What can I substitute for the sambal oelek?
    • Anonymous March 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm #
  13. March 5, 2015 at 4:39 am #
    These are a stroke of pure brilliance! I can tell these are going to be a thing in my house! Yum!
  14. erica March 11, 2015 at 10:28 am #
    I read your blog all the time, but never take the time to comment- sorry! :) I had to tell you how great these tostadas were, though- amazing! And such a great, quick recipe for a weeknight. I had to restrain myself from licking clean the bowl that held the sauce. :)
  15. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 13, 2015 at 7:33 am #
    I haven't been watching House of Cards, but I've heard it good! This is such a great mash up!
  16. Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm #
    What's tasty looking tostadas you have!
  17. Gillian April 30, 2018 at 7:16 pm #
    These are really delicious! The sauce is perfect. The only change I made is sauteing the cabbage in a frying pan to soften it and warm it. I think it just helps bring the wraps together.


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