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Chicken Tinga

This Chicken Tinga is ready in just 30 minutes! Tender chicken simmered in a flavorful sweet and spicy tomato sauce and served on a tostada with all your favorite toppings!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy, rotisserie chicken, tostada
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


Chicken Tinga

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (4 oz) can mild diced green chiles
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded chicken I used 1 rotisserie chicken with the skin removed
  • Salt to taste

Serving Suggestions

  • Tostadas
  • Refried Beans warmed
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced avocado
  • Pickled red onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled cotija or feta
  • Lime


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add onion and taco seasoning and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in garlic and chipotles, and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, and chiles.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken, then reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  • Serving suggestion: place a tostada shell onto a plate, then top generously with a layer of refried beans. Top with cooked chicken mixture, then garnish with shredded lettuce, avocado, pickled red onions, cilantro, cheese, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition information does not include tostadas and toppings.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg