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Authentic Mexican Tinga De Pollo – Chicken In Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo – Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

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This is an authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo- Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce, a dish made with shredded chicken in a delicious tomato sauce and Chipotle chile in Adobo sauce. For the ones who never heard of Chipotle chiles before, here you have some information: Chipotle chiles. Basically, a Chipotle chile is a smoked dried jalapeño pepper.

The recipe below uses Chipotle chiles in Adobo, and you can buy it in any grocery store that carries Mexican products. It is one of the most popular ingredients for the Mexican food and because I cook a lot of Mexican food, I always have a can of Chipotle in Adobo in my pantry.

For the ones who do not live in the United States, look for dry chipotle. It is a powerful spice, so a little goes a long way.

This being said, you will need the following: chicken breast, onion, tomatoes, Chipotle chiles, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Pretty simple, right?

How to make the Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce or Tinga de Pollo: 

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chicken breast to cook. Let the chicken breast simmer until is cooked through.

Make sure you skim the foam that forms on top of the water as it starts boiling.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, slice the onions. Heat the oil in a large pan


and add the onion. Cook it until soft and translucent for about 5-6 minutes.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

In a blender, throw the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2-3 chipotle chiles from the can. Be careful with the chiles. The original Mexican recipe calls for the entire can of Chipotle, but I found it to be too powerful and spicy for us, so I added fewer chiles in the blender.

Of course, you can play with the spiciness of the dish, so if you feel like it is not spicy enough for your taste, you can add more Chipotle. I personally look more for flavor and less for making it too spicy.

And, you can only add more, but you cannot take out the chiles as soon as you blend them all together. So, after blending the ingredients, taste the salsa for salt and pepper and adjust it if you feel necessary. 

Mix the onions with the salsa.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Interested in more Mexican simple recipes that you can make in no time?

Here is a flavored, delicious recipe for Chicken Fajitas:

Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas-Fajitas De Pollo

Let it simmer on a low heat while you take the chicken out of the water. DO NOT throw away the chicken stock. You can make a beautiful Mexican rice for this dish, using the stock to boil the rice. Or, you can make a soup or simply freeze it and use it later for anything.

Take two forks and shred the chicken like this:

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Add the chicken to the salsa and mix.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Taste for salt and pepper. Let it simmer for only a minute so the ingredients get acquainted with each other. Serve it with my famous Mexican Rice for a truly authentic experience. Or with warm corn tortillas. Your preference!

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

This recipe is very suitable for a picnic, potluck or even tailgating as you can make it in advance and serve it warm from a crockpot. Enjoy!

And come visit my community on Facebook where people share their interest and love for cooking or baking: The Bossy Kitchen Group.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Here you have an everyday herb guide that might help you pair different foods with herbs in the season! And here you have a dessert to go with that Tinga de Pollo- a beautiful Mexican bread pudding.

Authentic Mexican Capirotada Bread Pudding

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 medium size chicken breast
  • 1-2 large onions sliced
  • 4-5 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can of Chipotle chiles in Adobo
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 tablespoons of oil I used olive oil
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chicken breast to cook. Let the chicken simmer until is cooked through.
  2. Make sure you skim the foam that forms on top of the water as it starts boiling.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, slice the onions.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion. Cook the onion until soft and translucent for about 5-6 minutes.
  5. In a blender, throw the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2-3 chipotle chiles from the can. Be careful with the chiles. The original Mexican recipe calls for the entire can of Chipotle, but I found it to be too powerful and spicy for us, so I added fewer chiles in the blender.
  6. After blending the ingredients, taste the salsa for salt and pepper and adjust the amount of salt and pepper.
  7. Pour the salsa over onions.
  8. Let the sauce simmer on a low heat while you take the chicken out of the water.
  9. DO NOT throw away the chicken stock. You can make a beautiful rice for this dish, using the stock to boil the rice. Or, you can make a soup or simply freeze it and use it later for anything.
  10. Take two forks and shred the chicken.
  11. Add it to the sauce and mix well to incorporate the chicken.
  12. Let it simmer for only a minute and serve over rice or on warm tortillas.
  13. Bon Appetite!
 

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Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo – Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

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This is an authentic Mexican tinga de pollo, a dish made with shredded chicken in a delicious tomato sauce and Chipotle chile in Adobo sauce. For the ones who never heard of Chipotle chiles before, here you have some information: Chipotle chiles. Basically, a Chipotle chile is a smoked dried jalapeño pepper.

The recipe below uses Chipotle chiles in Adobo, and you can buy it in any grocery store that carries Mexican products. It is one of the most popular ingredient for the Mexican food and because I cook a lot of Mexican food, I always have a can of Chipotle in Adobo in my pantry.

For the ones who do not live in Unites States, look for dry chipotle. It is a powerful spice, so a little goes a long way.

This being said, you will need the following: chicken breast, onion, tomatoes, Chipotle chiles, garlic, oil, salt and pepper. Pretty simple, right?

How to make the Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce or Tinga de Pollo: 

Bring a pot with water to a boil and add the chicken breast to cook. Let the chicken breast simmer until is cooked through.

Make sure you skim the foam that forms on top of the water as it starts boiling.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, slice the onions. Heat the oil in a large pan


and add the onion. Cook it until soft and translucent for about 5-6 minutes.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

In a blender, throw the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2-3 chipotle chiles from the can. Be careful with the chiles. The original Mexican recipe calls for the entire can of Chipotle, but I found it to be too powerful and spicy for us, so I added less chiles in the blender.

Of course you can play with the spiciness of the dish, so if you feel like it is not spicy enough for your taste, you can add more Chipotle. I personally look more for flavor and less for making it too spicy.

And, you can only add more, but you cannot take out the chiles as soon as you blend them all together. So, after blending the ingredients, taste the salsa for salt and pepper and adjust it if you feel necessary. 

Mix the onions with the salsa.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Interested in more Mexican simple recipes that you can make in no time?

Here is a flavored, delicious recipe for Chicken Fajitas:

Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas-Fajitas De Pollo

Let it simmer on a low heat while you take the chicken out of water. DO NOT throw away the chicken stock. You can make a beautiful Mexican rice for this dish, using the stock to boil the rice. Or, you can make a soup or simply freeze it and use it later for anything.

Take two forks and shred the chicken like this:

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Add the chicken to the salsa and mix.

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Taste for salt and pepper. Let it simmer for only a minute so the ingredients get acquainted with each other. Serve it with my famous Mexican Rice for a truly authentic experience. Or with warm corn tortillas. Your preference!

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

This recipe is very suitable for a picnic, potluck or even tailgating as you can make it in advance and serve it warm from a crockpot. Enjoy!

And come visit my community on Facebook where people share their interest and love for cooking or baking: The Bossy Kitchen Group .

Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Here you have an every day herb guide that might help you pair different foods with herbs in the season! And here you have a dessert to go with that Tinga de Pollo- a beautiful Mexican bread pudding.

Authentic Mexican Capirotada Bread Pudding

Note: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

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Authentic Mexican Tinga de Pollo - Chicken in Chipotle Tomato Sauce
 
Author:
Serves: 4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 3-4 medium size chicken breast
  • 1-2 large onions sliced
  • 4-5 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can of Chipotle chiles in Adobo
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 tablespoons of oil I used olive oil
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot with water to a boil and add the chicken breast to cook. Let the chicken simmer until is cooked through.
  2. Make sure you skim the foam that forms on top of the water as it starts boiling.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, slice the onions.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion. Cook the onion until soft and translucent for about 5-6 minutes.
  5. In a blender, throw the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2-3 chipotle chiles from the can. Be careful with the chiles. The original Mexican recipe calls for the entire can of Chipotle, but I found it to be too powerful and spicy for us, so I added less chiles in the blender.
  6. After blending the ingredients, taste the salsa for salt and pepper and adjust the amount of salt and pepper.
  7. Pour the salsa over onions.
  8. Let the sauce simmer on a low heat while you take the chicken out of water.
  9. DO NOT throw away the chicken stock. You can make a beautiful rice for this dish, using the stock to boil the rice. Or, you can make a soup or simply freeze it and use it later for anything.
  10. Take two forks and shred the chicken.
  11. Add it to the sauce and mix well to incorporate the chicken.
  12. Let it simmer for only a minute and serve over rice or on warm tortillas.
  13. Bon Appetite!
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This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. i am going to make this recipe tonight! however, when I make homemade salsa, I was taught to either boil the tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, and whatever peppers I choose to use, THEN put them in the blender together. Either boil them or roast them….I’ve found that salsa to be better than any I have tried to make with raw veggies. I’m also going to simmer the chicken in a crock pot so the flavors of the salsa really soak in! Wish me luck!

  2. Hello Gabriela!
    I am a nutrition student at Bastyr University and I am wanting to use your chicken tinga recipe for a menu I am designing, however, I am unsure of your last name so that I can properly give you the credit for your recipe under my sources.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe out! Sounds delicious!

  3. I made this for my Mexican fiance and he Loved it! ( It’s the only time he has put my cooking on par with his mama’s.) I did roast the tomatoes first as they are easier to blend that way. Thank you!

    1. That is so awesome, Jamie! Next time look for the chicken Mexican soup l have on the blog! He will go nuts for it! It’s the best!

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