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Chicken Tinga - Recipe (Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken)
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Chicken Tinga (Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken) - Recipe

Chicken Tinga is a recipe for juicy shredded chicken slowly simmered in a zesty tomato-chipotle sauce. Serve it as tacos, tostadas, burritos, or tortas. Very easy to prepare.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chipotle, recipe, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 175kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken thighs chicken breast is good, too
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 7 ounce can chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the onions and jalapeno peppers. Cook them down about 5 minutes.
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then add them to the pan. Give them a nice sear on each side, a couple minute each.
  • Process the tomato sauce and chipotles in adobo sauce in a food processor, then pour the mixture into the pan, covering the chicken.
  • Stir in the seasonings.
  • Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and easily pulls apart.
  • Remove the chicken and shred it with a couple of forks.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and simmer in the sauce another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with tortillas or on torta buns and all your favorite fixings.


Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. Chipotles have a bit of spiciness. I add in extra jalapenos to up that heat factor, and finish with spicy chili flakes as well. Feel free to use hotter peppers and flakes, or a nice hot sauce to finish.
Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga: If you'd prefer to make your chicken tinga in a crock pot or slow cooker, see the recipe discussion above.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.9mg