6 Chicken Tinga Recipes To Make at Home

Mexican Tinga with sour cream and cilantro on a white dish
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

Make restaurant-worthy chicken tinga in the comfort of your own home with these flavorful and juicy recipes. Whether you're looking for a classic stovetop tinga (try Chef John's Chicken Tinga), a quick version you can make in your Instant Pot (our pressure cooker recipe is as easy as it gets), or shredded chicken that cooks low and slow for maximum tenderness (Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga has rave reviews from more the Allrecipes community), you'll find something you love in this collection of our best chicken tinga recipes.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole.

"Heat is something you cannot take shortcuts with when it comes to tinga," says recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole. "Classic tinga is spicy and that is a fact. Where you can take shortcuts is in the cooking of the chicken."

02 of 07

Chef John's Chicken Tinga

Chef John's Chicken Tinga for Tacos
Photo by Chef John.

"When I'm at a taqueria, it's hard to decide between the chicken with green sauce or with red sauce," says Chef John. "Here's my version of the red sauce. It's great on a crispy tortilla and topped with the usual suspects."

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga | Photo by Maya.

This top-rated tinga recipe — flavored with garlic, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes — cooks low and slow, so the chicken is extra flavorful and juicy.

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Mexican Tinga

Mexican Tinga with sour cream and cilantro on a white dish
Buckwheat Queen

Shredded chicken and onions are simmered a flavorful chipotle sauce to make this easy tinga. Serve on store-bought tostadas or make your own with this simple recipe.

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Chicken Tinga Tostados

Chicken Tinga Tostados

"This authentic Mexican recipe I picked up while living in Mexico," says recipe creator NANCHE30. "It has a spicy, smoky flavor from chipotle peppers. It is perfect for a buffet where people can serve themselves and even better heated up as leftovers the next day!"

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Spicy Shredded Chicken Tinga

Spicy Shredded Chicken Tinga
Buckwheat Queen

"This spicy and sweet shredded chicken can be used in many different Mexican dishes," says recipe creator Twin6878. "I love it on crunchy tostadas. This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze for a quick dinner option during the week."

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More Inspiration

Mango-Lime Shredded Chicken Tacos
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