Author Notes: After tasting Tinga Chicken at Cover 3 here in Austin, I searched for the origin and recipe, but every recipe I found called for cooked chicken and a can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. My version is stewed chicken in a smoky, spicy sauce, so good "it'll just tear your lips off"! - nannydeb - nannydeb
Food52 Review: Tinga Chicken, where have you been all my life? Not only is this recipe a cinch to make, there's a bonus in the layers of flavors here that develop overnight, making nannydeb's version of a classic even tastier the next day. We served it over warm handmade corn tortillas the first night and the next day it made for an awesome tostada. Whichever way you go, you'll be happy! - TiggyBee
Serves 6 to 8
- 1 whole chicken, cut in pieces with skin and fat removed (as much as possible)
- 4 dried chipotle peppers
- 2 dried ancho peppers
- 3 to 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, cut in half
- 4 whole cloves garlic
- 1 medium yellow onion, coarsley chopped
- 8 Roma tomatoes, coarsley chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
- 2 teaspoons freshlly ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- water to cover
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Working with any type of peppers, you may want to wear rubber gloves when handling them or at least wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
- In a dry skillet, heat the dried peppers for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove seeds and stems.
- In a large pot, combine the chicken parts, all peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, bay leaves, oregano, cumin and allspice. Add enough water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone.
- Set the pot aside to cool, then remove the chicken to a plate. Debone the chicken and shred it using a fork in each hand.
- Remove the bay leaves. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the cooking liquid and vegetables making your sauce. Add the cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the chicken back to the pot with the sauce and heat it back up over medium heat. It's ready!
- Serving suggestion: spread refried beans onto a chalupa. Add Tinga Chicken and top with crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco, sliced avocado and chopped tomato and cilantro.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chicken
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Cheap Feast
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chili Pepper Recipe