Mexican Chicken Tinga in a red skillet with corn tortillas and chopped red onions on the side
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Mexican Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga made with shredded chicken, tomatoes, and chipotle chilis in adobo. Hearty and boldly flavored, this Mexican dish is perfect for tacos, burritos, tostadas, or as a main dish with rice and beans.
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken tinga
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 472kcal
Author Lalaine

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and pounded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 can (7.5 ounces) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

Instructions

  • In small, heavy-bottomed pot, arrange chicken breasts in a single layer. Add quartered onions, smashed garlic cloves, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns, and enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top. Lower heat, cover, and cook in a barely a simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part of chicken reads 165 F.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from pot and allow to cool to touch. Coarsely shred chicken and keep warm.
  • Strain liquid using a fine mesh sieve. Discard bay leaf and peppercorns. Reserve the softened onions and garlic and 1 cup of the broth.
  • In a blender, combine chipotle peppers including sauce, tomatoes, the softened onion quarters, garlic, and 1 cup reserved broth.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook until softened.
  • Add pureed chipotle tomato sauce, vinegar, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add shredded chicken and continue to cook for about 7 to 10 minutes or until heated and sauce is thickened. 
  • Season with salt, if needed. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 74g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 2972mg | Potassium: 1589mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 29.1% | Vitamin C: 26.9% | Calcium: 5.5% | Iron: 15.5%