Chicken Tinga Recipe Chicken tinga is a Mexican dish that was born in the state of Puebla 6 servings white onion finely chopped cooking oil chicken breasts cooked and shredded chicken bouillon salt ground pepper ground cumin bay leaf roasted tomatoes roasted red peppers brown sugar chipotle peppers Mexican chorizo chicken stock tomato puree

Chicken Tinga Recipe

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Chicken Tinga Recipe

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.

Chicken tinga is a Mexican dish from Puebla #ABRecipes

Chicken Tinga is a Mexican dish from Puebla

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.

Chicken Tinga Tostadas #ABRecipes

Chicken Tinga Tostadas

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.

Chicken tinga to celebrate my Mexican heritage #ABRecipes

Chicken tinga to celebrate my Mexican heritage

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.

Let’s cook!


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Author:Chef Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin is a Latina writer born in Mexico who is specialized in recipe development using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The inspiration behind her recipes is based on the culinary culture of Mexico and influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine and grilling which is one of her passions. Adriana likes to read about the latest trends in cuisine, learn about new cultures, travel the world discovering new ingredients and sharing with famous chefs. She is a wife, friend, step mom, grandmother and animal lover.

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  • Erin

    Wow! This looks sooooo good! And I love that it is gluten-free. My boyfriend is allergic to flour, so I’m always super excited to find recipes that don’t call for it. I love Mexican food, so I’m definitely going to come back to this and make it next week! Thanks!

  • mena & taty

    nothing like Mexican food to make me smile! but honestly Tinga I think I will leave to the masters. I have tried mole unsuccessfully (another favorite of mine) so ……when do I come by?


    Se ve delicioso es te platillo. Ya lo tengo anotado en mi recetario. Gracias

  • Farah Greta

    Dios mio eso se ve increíble, tengo una pregunta la receta dice dos pechugas cocinadas y desmenuzadas, como las cocinaste? En agua, al vapor o a la plancha?

  • ChecaLAmovie

    Otra delicia que hay que preparar.. Gracias por compartir la receta.

  • Yissele Shirley

    Que rico! Muchas gracias por la receta! Espero me salga igual 😉
    Saludos y

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

  • Negra Flor

    Tiene una pinta deliciosa, Adriana, como todos los platos que nos enseñas. Y yo tengo la habilidad de leerte siempre después de merendar o cenar; si te leyera con hambre, se iría al traste mi dieta!


  • diana rodriguez

    Que rico se mira con las black beans!!

  • Adriana Hogar-Mujer

    Se ve muy rico!

  • Estilo Familiar

    Hermoso plato. Me gustaría probarlo.