This recipe for our version of Chicken Tinga is so simple, healthy, and delicious. It’s also easy, thanks to our Smoky Latin flavor Recipe Starter and Cooking Sauce!
What is Chicken Tinga?
Chicken Tinga is a chicken dish that is said to have originated in Puebla, Mexico. Saucy, stewed meat with tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, and – the hallmark of Chicken Tinga – smoky chipotle.
An easy, healthy Chicken Tinga Recipe.
If you’re looking for an easy version to make at home that provides big flavor with no sugar, and hardly any effort, everything you need for the incredible flavor base is in your jar of Mesa de Vida recipe starter sauce.
Chicken Tinga is a regular repeat at my house because everyone loves it. I always make extra so that we have the best leftover tasty meat for simple lunches and leftover dinners.
Chicken Tinga tortas are my kids’ favorite meal from a restaurant we frequent, and I almost always order Chicken Tinga tacos when they are available at taco truck or taco stand. The smoky flavor is so delicious, whether you make tacos, tortas, sopes (traditional corn, or a plantain version), tostadas, taco salad, enchiladas or burritos. The possibilities are endless!
Make Chicken Tinga on the stove top, in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
I’ve included the directions for a stovetop braise (my favorite method), the slow cooker as well as the Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker).
Whole30 and Paleo Chicken Tinga Recipe.
Eaten as a stew, or on jicama “tostadas”, this recipe is Whole30 and Paleo/Primal Friendly.
Chicken Tinga Recipe with Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking Sauce
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
1 cup Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin inspired cooking sauce
1-4 chipotle’s in adobo sauce, minced
Salt to taste
Stove top braise- Place the chicken, sauce, chipotles and salt to taste in a skillet or sauce pan over medium heat. Turn the heat down to low and cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes depending on the size of your chicken pieces. (Cut the meat smaller to cook faster.) Shred the meat and turn the heat up to medium high to simmer until the sauce thickens up to a thick, rich gravy that coats the chicken. Serve and enjoy!
Slow cooker directions – Place the chicken, sauce, chipotles and salt to taste into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken and shred. Meanwhile pour the juices left in the slow cooker into a skillet or sauce pan over medium heat and reduce to a thick, rich gravy. Toss in the shredded chicken and serve. Enjoy!
Instant Pot directions – Place the chicken, sauce, chipotles, 1/2 cup water and salt to taste into the Instant Pot. Cover and cook on manual for approximately 8-12 minutes depending on the size of your chicken pieces, cook until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken and shred. Meanwhile pour the juices left in the pot into a skillet or sauce pan over medium heat and reduce to a thick, rich gravy. Toss in the shredded chicken and serve. Enjoy!