Easy Homemade Chicken Tinga Recipe
- 3 pounds Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Ghee or lard
- 1 Small white onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Tomato paste
- 6 medium Garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons Dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
- 2 teaspoons Chipotle chili powder
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 (28-ounce) Can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups Bone Broth or chicken stock
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- Melt the fat in a large for over medium heat. Once the fat is shimmering hot, add the onions, tomato paste, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring, until the onions have softened.
- Toss in the garlic, oregano, chipotle powder, and bay leaves. Stir for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add the drained tomatoes and apple cider vinegar, and pour in the broth.
- Stir well to combine, and then add the chicken. Increase the heat to high, and bring everything to a boil.
- Lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for is to 20 minutes or until the thighs are cooked through.
- Transfer the cooked thighs to a plate and set it aside. Crank the stove up to high and bring the salice to a boil.
- While the sauce is cooking, shred the chicken thighs. (be careful: it’s hot!)
- Once the salice reduces by half (which takes about 10 minutes), turn off the heat, and fish out the bay leaves.
- With an immersion blender, puree the salice until smooth. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.
- Add the chicken back into the pot and stir to combine.
- Serve the tinga in lettuce cups or grain-free tortillas. It keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.