Tinga Chicken

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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"! - nannydebnannydeb

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

  • 4 dried chipotle peppers
  • 2 dried ancho peppers
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces with skin and fat removed (as much as possible)
  • 3 to 4 fresh jalapeño peppers, cut in half
  • 4 whole cloves garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • Water to cover
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Your choice of crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco, sliced avocado, chopped tomato and cilantro, refried beans, and tortillas or chalupas, for serving
  1. Working with any type of peppers, you may want to wear rubber gloves when handling them or at least wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the bay leaves. Scoop the vegetables into a blender with a slotted spoon and blend to make your sauce, adding as much of the cooking liquid as you need to get a thick, saucy consistency. Alternately, if what's left in the pot doesn't look too watery, you can use an immersion blender directly in the pot. Add the cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the chicken back to the pot with the sauce and heat it back up over medium heat. It's ready!
  7. 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.

Tags: chalupas, nachos or an entree, tacos

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7 months ago daisy

the real recipe calls for that can of Chipotle Chiles con adobo.. but this is a good spin off

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9 months ago aniabot

this is currently brewing on my stove. i only had whole allspice, so i threw in a couple of those + some cinnamon bark to make up for it. smells fab!

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9 months ago SallyM

Could this be done in a slow cooker?

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almost 4 years ago GSmodden

This turned out really great. Thanks for this recipe.

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almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

love chicken tinga! looks so good I can almost smell it!

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almost 4 years ago marley16

it IS delicious!

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almost 4 years ago AnnP

Loved this dish! We added a carrot/red onion/cilantro/lime juice slaw on top. We thought it would be quite spicy with all the peppers but the flavors were quite mellow. We will add this to our regulars.

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almost 4 years ago nannydeb

Ah, you are all too kind and invited over for leftovers! I'm sure it's even better today!

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almost 4 years ago SKK

Wow!

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almost 4 years ago wssmom

Am so craving this with queso fresco, chopped tomato and a blast of cilantro ....

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

I hear you, wssmom (plus some avocado and warm tortillas)...YUM! This sounds amazing, nannydeb!

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

and a cold beer! I want some too please!

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almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

I like this one! Yum!!!!

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almost 4 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

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Looks delicious and sinus cleansing! : )

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

fantastic! that chalupa sounds amazing!

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This sounds absolutely delicious!