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A chicken tostada is a Mexican dish that consists of a fried or toasted tortilla topped with shredded chicken, beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsa. The dish is believed to have originated in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where it is still a popular street food.
The first recorded recipe for chicken tostadas appeared in a cookbook published in Mexico City in the early 1800s. The book, titled El Cocinero Mexicano, contained a section on "tostadas de pollo" (chicken tostadas). The recipe called for the tortillas to be fried in lard and topped with shredded chicken, beans, and salsa.
Over the years, chicken tostadas have become a popular menu item in Mexican restaurants in the United States. The dish is often served as an appetizer or main course.
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