Chicken Tinga is spicy shredded chicken with chipotle chilies, adobo sauce, tomatoes, and onions. Perfect for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.
When we ate at a restaurant in Rochester Minnesota called Hefe Rojo and tasted their jalapenos chicken poppers we were blown away! We made our own version of the jalapeño poppers but they were missing the chicken tinga like the restaurants version. Now we finally have a chicken tinga recipe and it can be used for so many dishes.
Start by sautéing the diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil.
Stir in a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies with the liquid from the can, water, tomato paste, one diced chipotle pepper canned in adobo sauce (remove seeds for less heat), adobo sauce (from the can), ground cumin, salt, and black pepper.
What is adobo sauce and where do I get it?
The adobo sauce comes from a store-bought can of chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce. Simply move the chipotle peppers aside and scoop out the sauce.
The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are pretty spicy. You can remove the seeds from the pepper before dicing it. Or you can skip the diced chipotle pepper and only use the adobo sauce for milder chicken tinga.
Add shredded chicken and stir to combine. I used rotisserie chicken.
Can I blend the tomatoes beforehand?
If you prefer smooth sauce on your chicken tinga, you can put all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth before adding it to the skillet.
Bring the chicken tinga to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring often.
Can I freeze leftover chicken tinga?
Yes, the leftover chicken tinga can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Thaw it overnight in the fridge and reheat before serving.
The leftovers can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave before serving.
This tinga chicken is fabulous in tacos. We used a kitchen torch to lightly toast corn tortillas. Then we layered on shredded lettuce, chicken tinga, corn salsa (find my recipe here) cilantro, cotija cheese, avocados, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Ways To Use Chicken Tinga
Chicken tinga can be used in any of the recipes you typically add shredded chicken to! It’s a great way to add flavor and a little spice to a meal. Here are a few ideas:
What should I serve with tacos?
If tacos are the main dish, you can serve chips with salsa, queso blanco, and cowboy caviar as an appetizer. For side dishes serve Mexican street corn, cilantro-lime rice, taco soup, or salad. And for dessert deep-fried churros and fried ice cream are popular choices.
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