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top down view of the completed chicken tinga recipe served as chicken tings tacos

Chicken Tinga

Shredded chicken in a smoky and spicy sauce that makes a great filling for tacos and tostadas.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 170kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups (560g) shredded cooked chicken from leftovers or a rotisserie chicken

For Serving:

  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • Red onion sliced or diced
  • cilantro optional
  • lime wedges optional


  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat and sauté onions about 5 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in garlic, followed by oregano, cumin, paprika, chopped chipotle, and toast for 1 minute.
  • Add in the fire-roasted tomatoes, stock, and salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Let cool and and then transfer to a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce back into the skillet, add the hredded chicken and cook until heated through. Taste and adjusting seasoning, if needed.
  • Serve in tortillas with topping of your choice.


  • Uniformly slice the onions so they cook evenly. 
  • After adding chipotle, oregano, and cumin, allow the spices to toast for a moment to develop their flavors. 
  • Allow the sauce to cool slightly before blending and cover with a towel, so none of the hot liquid splashes on you. You could also use an immersion blender to puree the sauce. 
  • Adding a little bit of sugar will make the sauce less acidic. 
  • Store – in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • There are 5 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg