Black serving bowl of shredded chicken tinga, with tortillas and taco fixings in background.

Chicken Tinga Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Rich, smoky, full-flavored and satisfying. That about sums it up for this Chicken Tinga recipe.
I suggest serving on your favorite tortillas and ¼ cup chopped cilantro, ¼ cup chopped onion, crumbled cotija, and limes, cut into wedges.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


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  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 13 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken*


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook while stirring for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the oregano, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the tomatoes, chipotles in adobo, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high and stir often until it comes to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the tomato mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Make sure the blender is vented so that the mixture doesn’t explode – see my tips in the notes** below.
  6. Return the blended mixture to the skillet and add the shredded chicken. Simmer for 3-4 minutes to warm it through. Taste and add more salt if desired.

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*If your chicken is not already cooked, here’s my recipe for Pulled Chicken. It uses chicken thighs or a combo of chicken breasts and thighs. There are instructions there for making pulled chicken in the oven, slow cooker, and Instant Pot.

**To prevent injury or mess when blending hot ingredients: Only fill the blender halfway; Remove the center cap of the blender lid; Cover the lid with a kitchen towel.