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Chicken tinga

Serves 4-6 Servings


  • 3 tablespoon safflower or corn oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon white onion slivered (about 1/4 pound)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped garlic cloves
  • 8 tablespoon roma tomatoes, rinsed (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoon tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of sea or kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoon sauce from chipotle chiles in adobo. add whole chiles if more heat desired
  • 5 cup shredded chicken


Baking Directions:

Place the rinsed tomatoes and tomatillos in a medium saucepan and cover them with water.

Set the saucepan over medium heat.

Once it comes to a simmer, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes and tomatillos are soft, thoroughly cooked and smooshy but not coming apart.

Remove them with a slotted spoon, place in the jar of a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

Heat the oil in a large and deep pan over medium heat.

Once it is hot but not smoking, stir in the onion and cook until soft and translucent, for about 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant and lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Pour the tomato/tomatillo sauce on top and sprinkle the oregano, marjoram, thyme, salt and black pepper.

Spoon the chipotle chiles in adobo sauce as well.

If you want it spicy, you may drop in a whole chipotle chile in adobo in there as well.

Let the sauce simmer, stirring now and then, until it seasons and deepens its red color, for about 10 to 12 minutes.

You may want to partially cover the pan as the sauce may want to jump over your burners.

Toss in the chicken and combine with the sauce.

Let it cook, stirring casually as it does, until the chicken has absorbed almost all of the juices and the mix is moist but not juicy.

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