Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe

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Quick and Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe uses leftover shredded or roasted chicken. Perfect to serve with tacos.

Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Mexico with this enticing Stovetop Chicken Tinga recipe. Bursting with a harmonious blend of smoky chipotle, shredded chicken, and aromatic spices, this dish offers a symphony of tastes tantalizing the palate. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or seeking a new flavorful adventure, Chicken Tinga promises a delightful journey through its rich and tangy essence.

Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe on a plate next to a skillet.

Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe

Chicken Tinga is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine. It boasts a smoky, robust flavor profile infused with the earthy notes of cumin, the tanginess of fire-roasted tomatoes, and the subtle heat from chipotle peppers. The tender shredded chicken absorbs the savory tomato-based sauce, creating a mouthwatering experience with each bite. The dish strikes a perfect balance between spicy, smoky, and savory, offering a delightful explosion of flavors that dance on your taste buds.

The velvety texture of the sauce complements the juicy chicken, ensuring every tortilla-wrapped morsel is a delectable treat. Topped with crisp red cabbage for a refreshing crunch, a squeeze of lime for a citrusy zing, and fresh cilantro for a burst of herbaceousness, the Chicken Tinga becomes a complete culinary celebration that delights all senses.

More recipes you’ll enjoy are CREAMY STUFFED CHIPOTLE CHICKEN, EASY STOVETOP CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, SHEET PAN CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO HASH, EASY BAKED CHEESY CHICKEN, and CHIPOTLE’S CILANTRO LIME RICE RECIPE.

Shredded chicken in a skillet with a wooden spoon.
Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe on a white plate with a wooden spoon.

Ingredients

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  • olive oil
  • yellow onion, chopped
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • cumin
  • chipotle peppers
  • fire-roasted tomato or diced tomato
  • chicken broth
  • chicken breast

For serving

  • tortillas
  • Chopped red cabbage
  • Limes, cut in wedges
  • Chopped cilantro
Two Chicken Tinga tacos on a plate with slaw and limes.

Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe FAQs

Can I adjust the spice level of Chicken Tinga?

Absolutely! The heat level in this dish primarily comes from the chipotle peppers. Reduce the amount of chipotle peppers or remove the seeds before using them for a milder version. To add more heat, increase the quantity or include additional spicy elements according to your preference.

Can I use a different protein instead of chicken?

Certainly! While Chicken Tinga traditionally features shredded chicken, you can explore variations by substituting it with pork, beef, or plant-based proteins like tofu or jackfruit. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the protein you choose.

How long does Chicken Tinga last?

When stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator, Chicken Tinga can stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. It also freezes well, lasting 2-3 months in the freezer. Just ensure it’s cooled completely before freezing in suitable containers.

What are the best ways to serve Chicken Tinga?

Apart from the classic presentation in tortillas, Chicken Tinga can be enjoyed in various ways. Serve it over rice or alongside beans for a hearty meal. Use it as a topping for nachos or as a filling for enchiladas or quesadillas, letting your creativity elevate its versatility.

Mexican chicken tacos on a plate next to a skillet.

Stovetop Chicken Tinga

How to store leftovers

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to freeze

Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for 1 month.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave until heated through.

In conclusion, Stovetop Chicken Tinga is a culinary gem that beckons with its aromatic allure and tantalizing flavors. Versatile, easy to prepare, and immensely satisfying, it’s a dish that brings the spirit of Mexico to your table, inviting everyone to relish its irresistible taste.

Unlock the world of Mexican flavors and embark on a culinary journey by trying out this delightful Chicken Tinga recipe today!

Mexican chicken tinga tacos on a plate next to a skillet.
Shredded chicken in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe

Chicken Tinga is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine. It boasts a smoky, robust flavor profile infused with the earthy notes of cumin, the tanginess of fire-roasted tomatoes, and the subtle heat from chipotle peppers.
Author: Paula
5 from 48 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) fire-roasted tomato crushed or diced tomato (396 g)
  • ¼ cup (2.02 fl.oz | 60 ml) chicken broth
  • 3 cups (26.45 oz | 750 g) chicken breast shredded
  • 8-10 6-inch tortillas
  • red cabbage Chopped
  • Limes cut in wedges
  • cilantro Chopped

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium heat
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Ingredients for chicken tinga on a white table.
  • Saute onion for 3 minutes, then add garlic, cumin, and chipotle pepper.
    1 small yellow onion, 2 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon cumin, 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers
    A frying pan with food in it.
  • Toss a few seconds. Add tomato and chicken broth. Stir and cook for 6-7 minutes.
    1 can (14 oz) fire-roasted tomato, ¼ cup (2.02 fl.oz | 60 ml) chicken broth
    A skillet full of tomato sauce with a wooden spoon.
  • Allow to cool down for 2 minutes then add mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
    A glass bowl filled with a red sauce.
  • Return the sauce to the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shredded chicken. Adjust salt if needed. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the stove.
    3 cups (26.45 oz | 750 g) chicken breast
    A person pouring a sauce over chicken in a skillet.
  • Warm tortillas, fill with the chicken tinga and garnish
    8-10 6-inch tortillas, Limes, cilantro
    Stovetop Chicken Tinga Recipe on a white plate with a wooden spoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I needed a quick and easy dinner and these were perfect! Hubby and I both loved the chipotle flavor and it made enough for lunch the next day. It has already been requested again lol

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