I was in the mood for tacos the other day and decided to make a quick version of Chicken Tinga as the filling. This is a dish of Shredded Chicken wrapped in a sauce of Tomatoes and Chipotle Chiles. I like to make it myself so that it's not too spicy. It's very fast to make. You cook the sauce while you are poaching the chicken and then blend them together for just a little while longer. It's also so simple - all that's required is boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts, Canned Tomatoes and canned Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce. I added some onion slices for some texture. I cooked the Chicken Breasts in some Chicken Broth to give it a bit more flavor. I served it in small steamed corn tortillas topped with a bit of Cilantro Chicken TInga is such a delicious taco filling!
Quick Chicken Tinga
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut in half across the middle
4 cups Chicken Broth or Water
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 medium Onion, sliced thin
1 can of Chopped Tomatoes
1 teaspoon of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 can up to 1 whole can ( 7 ox) of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, chopped
in a medium pot, pour in Chicken Broth and add in the Chicken Breast pieces. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer and oook for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the Oil in a frying pan. Add in the Onion and cook until soft. Then add in the Chipotle Chiles and the Adobo Sauce along with the Tomatoes. Season with Salt and Sugar. Taste and adjust as desired. Cook for 5 minutes on Medium Heat to blend the flavors. Turn off until the Chicken is done.
When the Chicken is done, remove it from the Broth onto a cutting board and let cool slightly. Then, using two forks, scrape of shreds of each piece until all the Chicken is shredded.
Add the Chicken into the Tinga Sauce and toss to coat. Heat for an additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Use for Tacos, Burritos or Quesadillas..
Five Element Analysis
Chicken belongs to the Wood Element. The Tomatoes and Chpotle Chiles contribute the Fire Element and the Onion makes sure that the Metal Element is also present. Both Water and Earth are missing but using Corn Tortillas for tacos adds in the Earth Element and Beans served on the side make sure the Water Element is also included in a balanced Five Element meal.