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Chicken tinga is a Mexican dish that was born in the state of Puebla, place where kings and queens first enjoyed mole and chiles en nogada. This chicken tinga recipe same as many other dishes in the Mexican cuisine was inspired in the the idea of using meat leftovers from the day before so it is an economical way to feed the family and also a very tasty recipe to use chicken, beef or pork leftovers and transform those into a different flavorful option to feed the family.
- 1 cup of Mexican chorizo (you can use soy chorizo if desired)
- 1 medium size white onion finely chopped
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- 2 roasted red peppers chopped
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 fire roasted tomatoes diced (can use canned)
- 1 cup of tomato puree
- 2 canned chipotle chiles chopped
- 2 cups of chicken broth
Preparation time: 45 minutes. Makes 6 servings. You will need a cast iron pot preferably or a pot used for stews. This recipe is also a good option for slow cooker if desired.
Place the cast iron pot on the stove and fry the chorizo, when golden brown add the onions and fry on the same fat of the chorizo. When ready add the chicken and the red peppers, following add sugar and all the spices on the ingredient list. Then add the diced fire roasted tomatoes, the tomato puree, the chipotle chiles and stir. Finalize adding the chicken broth and let the dish simmer for few minutes covered. The more you cook the chicken tinga the better will taste so this is an excellent option for slow cooking with a crockpot or to cook a day in advance.
You can serve the chicken tinga dish with white rice and beans as well as enjoy on tostadas, just add slices of avocado to add creaminess to the bite. This chicken tinga is an easy and humble dish that I am sure will be one of your favorites to cook since you can prepare with leftover chicken, shredded beef of pork.
To celebrate my Mexican heritage I cook this special chicken tinga recipe I grew up with to my Cuban family here in Orlando. They enjoy it a lot and is a good option to change the weekly menu.