November 2, 2012 8:00 AM
Chicken Tinga
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: EP211 , Mexican , Mexico , Patricia Jinich , Puebla
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Tinga de pollo
Makes about 5 cups (serves 4-6)

3 tablespoons safflower or corn oil
1/2 white onion, slivered
2 garlic cloves, chopped
8 Roma tomatoes, or 2 lbs, rinsed
2 tomatillos, or 1/4 lb, husked and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or more to taste
2 tablespoons sauce from chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 whole chipotle chile in adobo sauce, optional
5 cups cooked shredded chicken

To Serve (quantities as desired):
Corn tostadas, store bought or home made
Refried beans
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Queso fresco or cotija, crumbled
Avocado slices

Place tomatoes and tomatillos in a medium saucepan, cover with water. Bring it to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, or until tomatoes and tomatillos are soft, thoroughly cooked and mushy but not falling apart.

Remove tomatoes and tomatillos with a slotted spoon,  and place them in the jar of a blender or food processer 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 the onion and garlic mixture becomes fragrant and lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Pour the tomato/tomatillo sauce on top and add the oregano, marjoram, thyme, salt, black pepper and the chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (if you want more heat add an entire chipotle chile in adobo sauce). Let it simmer, stirring now and then, until it seasons and deepens to a deep red color, about 10 to 12 minutes. You may want to partially cover the pan as the sauce will want to jump out onto your burners.

Add the shredded chicken and combine it with the sauce. Let it cook, occasionally stirring, until the chicken has absorbed almost all of the juices and the mixture is moist but not juicy.

To assemble the Tostadas:
Spread refried beans on a tostada, add the chicken tinga mixture, top with shredded lettuce, avocado slices, crumbled cheese and, if you want some, cream too. You may also serve with salsa verde on the side.


Thanks for another great recipe! I have a hard time finding authentic Mexican recipes. I may have to buy your cookbook! Muchos Gracias!

Rocky | December 12, 2012 12:06 AM

Hi Pati, I been wanting to make Tinga using your recipe, but I haven't been able to get marjoram. I live in Compton, CA, and being in So.Cal. I'd think I'd find some. Do you know if I could replace marjoram with another herb?

Susan orland | December 20, 2012 2:29 PM

Hi Susan, You can substitute oregano -- it's very similar to marjoram!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Susan orland | December 28, 2012 5:32 PM

Great recipes...I absolutely love watching the show and eating the food. Thanks

Miss Brown | December 29, 2012 1:46 PM