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Two tostadas of Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga) on a wooden board next to the toppings.
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Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga)

Tinga de Pollo (Chicken Tinga) is made with shredded chicken cooked in a zesty, chipotle tomato sauce. Serve on top of a crispy tostada and enjoy all the amazing flavors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 291kcal


To Cook the Chicken:

  • 6 boneless chicken breast
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

To Make the Tinga:

For the Tostadas:


To Cook the Chicken:

  • In a large stockpot, add the chicken, water, ½ onion, garlic clove, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Remove chicken from the pot.
  • Reserve the liquid, and discard the other items.
  • Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the chicken with a fork and set aside.

To Make the Tinga:

  • Add tomatoes, chipotle, salt, and 1 cup of the reserved chicken broth to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Slice 2 1/2 onions. 
  • In a stock pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent, stirring frequently.
  • Add the shredded chicken and the chipotle sauce to the pan.
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If needed, add 1 cup chicken broth.

To Assemble Tostada:

  • Add about 2 tbsp tinga, shredded lettuce, cotija, and sour cream.


This recipe make extra chicken broth you can use for another dish. 
Great for leftover chicken. 
Instant Pot Instructions:
  • Press Saute button and heat oil. Cook the onions until golden. About 5 minutes. Add the chicken and chipotle sauce. Cover with lid. Move valve to Sealing. High Pressure 8 minutes. Move valve to Venting for quick release. Remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to the IP. Add 1 cup chicken broth. Stir. Keep warm until ready to serve. 


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 2158mg | Potassium: 862mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 942IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg