Chicken Tinga - Recipe (Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken)

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, chipotle, recipe, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 175 kcal


  • 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


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the onions and jalapeno peppers. Cook them down about 5 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Process the tomato sauce and chipotles in adobo sauce in a food processor, then pour the mixture into the pan, covering the chicken.
  4. Stir in the seasonings.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove the chicken and shred it with a couple of forks.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer in the sauce another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with tortillas or on torta buns and all your favorite fixings.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tinga (Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken) - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 415mg17%
Potassium 510mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.