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Chicken Tinga Recipe (Tinga de Pollo)

Chicken Tinga Recipe

Hello everyone! It’s been so cold lately. I hope everyone is doing ok! Today I have a chicken tinga recipe to share with you. It’s a deliciously spicy dish in which tender shredded chicken is simmered in a yummy tomato and chipotle sauce.

This is one recipe you don’t wanna miss!

chicken tinga on a tostada

Last night I made chicken tinga for our bible study group and it just may have become one of my favorite recipes. It’s super easy to prepare and full of flavor! What I really like about it is that it’s made with ingredients that I usually always have in my kitchen. It’s also a very inexpensive dish.

In order to make this dish easy and quick I cooked and shredded the chicken the day before. This is an excellent way to save time.

Chicken Tinga Recipe Steps

Saute the onion, garlic and bay leaves for about two minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper.

sauteeing onion, garlic and bay leaves in olive oil in a pot.

Add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers and cover. Simmer until the tomatoes have softened.

tomatoes, chipotle peppers, onion, garlic and bay leaves simmering

You can find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce at your local grocery store. It comes in a can. They are with the hispanic products. If you can’t find them you can look for them at a hispanic supermarket.

I used the whole can in this recipe. It was very spicy! which is great if you really like spicy. If you don’t I suggest you only use half or even less than half of this can. The chipotle peppers in adobo is what gives this dish it’s yummy smoky flavor.

can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

When the tomatoes have softened add the shredded chicken and continue to simmer until the chicken is hot.

Chicken tinga can be served with soft warm tortillas or on tostadas which is the way I prefer them. Or you can even use this as the filing for gorditas.

chicken tinga on tostada

Top your chicken tinga tostadas with your favorite garnishes such as avocado, onion, lettuce etc.

chicken tinga on a tostada

Chicken Tinga Recipe Tips

  • Avoid using chicken breast as they aren’t as tender as bone-in chicken pieces.
  • Don’t add in the whole can of chipotle peppers at once as it may be too spicy for some. Add a little at a time. Later you can add more as you see fit.
  • Cook and shred the chicken the day before to make the recipe even easier and quicker.
  • Serve the chicken tinga with warm corn tortillas or tostadas and your favorite garnishes.
  • Serve with rice or beans to make a complete meal.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know how it turns out.

See you soon!

chicken tinga on a tostada
4.5 from 2 votes

Chicken Tinga Recipe

Chicken tinga is an easy and delicious Mexican recipe. Chicken tinga can be served with warm corn tortillas, on tostadas or even in gorditas.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 165 kcal


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 7 oz can of chipotles in adobo chopped finely
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken


  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive in a pot over medium heat. When hot add the onion, garlic and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes.

  2. Add the tomatoes and chipotles to the pot. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for ten minutes or until the tomatoes have softened.

  3. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and cook for another five minutes or until chicken is hot.

  4. Remove from heat. Serve with warm corn tortillas, tostadas or gorditas.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tinga Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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