Family Traditional Recipes: Tinga de Pollo – Chicken in Chipotle Sauce

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My daughter is Hispanic and the traditions of passing down recipes from generation to generation are very strong in the Hispanic culture.  I remember hearing stories of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters who would gather to make tamales for holidays.  It’s a way for families to bond, to communicate and to enjoy time spent together.  Being in the kitchen, preparing Latin food is a vehicle for sharing family stories.

Cooking together creates some of the most memorable moments of family togetherness.  One of my strongest memories of my grandmother is sitting in her kitchen watching her make bread.  Perhaps because it engages all our senses, the memories are vivid.  Perhaps because the kitchen is usually a warm, cozy place and adults have more time for conversation, the memories are pleasant.  Whatever the reason, cooking together is a tradition that I want to continue with my daughter.

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I wanted to make a Hispanic dish with my mom and my daughter.  We don’t have Hispanic family recipes, but I found a delicious dish called Tinga de Polla that is a traditional Mexican favorite.  It is a spicy shredded chicken that is a staple served over rice, used in tostadas, tacos, and other dishes.  The chipotle sauce used in Tinga de Polla has a smoky, rich flavor that is almost addicting.  It’s hard to stop eating and your family will be asking for more.


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We went shopping for the ingredients together – my mom, my daughter and I.  To make authentic Hispanic foods, you have to start with authentic ingredients.  I remember eating food in a foreign country and then trying to recreate the dish at home.  If I used American ingredients, it would never taste quite the same.  For this recipe, we used the La Morena brand.  La Morena began in 1970 in Mexico and is named after Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.  The label is quite distinctive and makes it easy to find the La Morena products on the shelf.  We found them at Pete’s Fresh Market in the Chicago area.


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Tinga de Pollo (teenga de poy-yo) does take time to make which creates an ideal family traditional meal.  There is lots of time to chatter while you chop vegetables, boil the chicken and then simmer the sauce and meat.  It’s a slow cooked dish, unhurried and the smells in the kitchen are amazing.  Have you noticed that the best stories emerge when you are simmering a dish?  The bubbling sauce is a backdrop for families sharing history.


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2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 large white onion

1 can of La Morena Chipotle Sauce

1 large clove of garlic

For Tinga de Pollo over Rice:

Spanish Rice

La Morena Refried Beans with Chipotle and Adobo

Queso Fresco

For Tinga de Pollo Tostadas:

Shredded Lettuce

Diced Tomatoes

Queso Fresco

Corn Tortillas


Here’s a step-by-step description of how to make Tinga de Pollo.  Be sure to insert “chat” and “tell a story” in between and during each step!

Start with cooking the chicken

Put a medium size pot of water on the stove to heat.  When the water starts to boil, drop in two boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Gently boil until meat is fully cooked and easily shreds.

Vegetable Prep

Prepare the vegetables and crumble the cheese

While the chicken is cooking, slice a large onion and place pieces into a large skillet with a tablespoon of oil.  Add a clove of garlic, crushed and minced.  Cook the onions until tender.  Dice 2-3 plum tomatoes.  Cut iceberg lettuce into strips.  Slice a lime.  Wash cilantro.  Crumble Queso Fresco cheese.

Shred the chicken and add to the skillet.

Using two forks, shred the chicken.

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Put the shredded chicken into the skillet.  Pour in a can of La Morena Chipotle Sauce.


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Add 2 cups of the water used to boil the chicken.  Gently simmer the chicken, onions, and sauce until the liquid is gone and the chicken is fully coated and has almost absorbed the delicious chipotle flavor.

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The Tinga de Pollo can be served over rice with refried beans.  La Morena makes a delicious Refried Beans with Chipotle and Adobo that is a perfect complement to the Tinga de Pollo!  Or you can use the Tinga de Pollo in any of your traditional Hispanic dishes such as tacos, tostadas, etc.


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  1. 1

    I love tinga de pollo, I just got myself a slow cooker and La Morena products to make this recipes, I hope it turn out as good as yours #client

  2. 2

    Oh my goodness this looks so good, one I will be adding to my recipe collection.

  3. 3

    I’m always on the look out for new good recipes. This one sounds good I’m going to try it. Thanks.

  4. 4

    This looks so delicious! I am getting a slow cooker for Christmas, I can’t wait to try this and new recipes!

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