Chicken Tinga


Originating from Puebla, Mexico, this dish yields tender chicken with a kick thanks to a rich tomato-chipotle sauce.

Chicken Tinga
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons canola or avocado oil

  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup chopped canned chipotles in adobo

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chipotles, oregano and salt and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and their juice and chicken; bring to a simmer. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh registers 165°F, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred using two forks. Stir the shredded chicken back into the sauce.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Use leftovers in Chicken Tinga Baked Pasta, Easy Chicken Tinga Rice Bowls or Chicken Tinga Tostadas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 459mg 20%
Potassium 309mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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