Chicken Tinga

  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 10 minutes
  • Cook 30 minutes

Shredded rotisserie chicken combines with pantry staples for a hearty dish.

Chicken Tinga
© Penny De Los Santos

Pati Jinich serves this with a side of rice and refried beans. She piles the leftovers on crispy corn tostados with fresh queso (cheese), lettuce and tomatoes. This can be made up to 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated.


8 ripe Roma (plum) tomatoes (about 2 pounds)
2 to 3 tomatillos (about 4 ounces), husks removed, rinsed
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped white onion
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferable Mexican
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 whole canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (optional), plue 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
5 cups shredded cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Place tomatoes and tomatillos in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; cook 8 to 10 minutes, until soft and mushy but not falling apart. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a blender or food processor. Let cool slightly, then blend until smooth.
  2. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Pour tomato mixture into skillet. Stir in oregano, marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper. Add chipotle chile, if using, and adobo sauce. Partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce turns dark red and is no longer soupy, 10 to 12 minutes. Add more adobo sauce and chiles near the end if you want more heat.
  3. Add chicken and broth and stir until well mixed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has absorbed most of the sauce, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve hot.

Recipes excerpted from Pati’s Mexican Table © 2013 by Pati Jinich. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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