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Chicken Tinga Tacos (Meal Prep, Freezer Friendly)

Chicken Tinga Tacos are tender, saucy, and teeming with flavors the whole family will love. You’ll have these chicken tinga tacos on the table in just 30 minutes!

Chicken Tinga Tacos on a plate
Chicken Tinga Tacos come together in just 30 minutes.

Chicken Tinga Tacos – Why You’ll Love them

  • This Chicken Tinga Tacos recipe is super easy; it’s a 30-minute dinner recipe.
  • They’re tender, saucy, and packed with BIG flavors.
  • It’s a make-ahead recipe that’s fantastic for meal prep; it’s also freezer-friendly.
  • These tasty tacos are perfect for parties and gatherings.
  • You get to serve these tasty tacos with fresh guacamole or pico de gallo!

Chicken Tinga – how to prep ahead

Aside from its pure deliciousness, this chicken tinga recipe’s greatest virtue is its ease of preparation. Prepare the saucy chicken filling in advance on Sunday, and you’ll have a few fabulous meals ready to go for the busy week ahead.

  • Buy your pantry ingredients ahead of time; items like chipotle in adobo sauce are often found in the ethnic aisle of major grocery stores.
  • On meal prep day, sauté the aromatics and puree the sauce according to recipe instructions.
  • Either cook and shred your own boneless chicken breasts/thighs, or use rotisserie chicken for simplicity.
  • The chicken tinga filling can be completely made in advance several days ahead of time. Either keep in the fridge or use freezer containers to freeze for up to several weeks.
  • For best results, reheat desired amount of chicken tinga taco filling on stovetop, right before use (if frozen, defrost in fridge overnight.)
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Chicken Tinga filing can be made in advance. .

chicken Tinga Tacos
Commonly Asked Questions

What does Tinga actually mean?

The term “tinga” implies torn or shredded meat. Tinga de pollo, or chicken tinga, is precisely Mexican style shredded chicken. This chicken is then stewed in a spicy tomato-based sauce and used to fill tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, etc.

What is Tinga sauce made of?

Tinga sauce is commonly a tomato-based sauce that includes chipotle, adobo sauce, onions, garlic, oregano, and cumin.

Is Chicken Tinga gluten-free?

Yes, this chicken tinga recipe is gluten-free. It’s also dairy-free, if you omit cheese in the garnish. This recipe is super healthy without sacrificing flavor.

Pro tips for the best chicken tinga tacos

  1. Use boneless skinless chicken thighs for the most tender results. Whether you choose to bake or boil them, chicken thighs are the most forgiving choice, even if you accidentally overcook them a bit.
  2. That said, rotisserie chicken is always a time-saving option for shredded chicken.
  3. Give your corn tortillas a minute of heat on the skillet, for that crispy-charred restaurant flavor.
  4. Serve with this 5-minute fresh guacamole or super fresh pico de gallo, for a phenomenal burst of flavors.
  5. Bonus tip: to soften the bite of freshly chopped red onions, simply sprinkle them with fresh lime juice. This will also elevate the flavors of your garnish immensely.

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Chicken Tinga Tacos (Meal Prep, Freezer Friendly)

5 from 6 reviews

Chicken Tinga Tacos are tender, saucy, and teeming with flavors the whole family will love. You’ll have these chicken tinga tacos on the table in just 30 minutes!

  • Author: Amy | Chew Out Loud

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    • Bernice

    Your photos make me want to reach right in and grab a taco! Seriously though, Chicken tinga is one of my favourite guisados and yours is spot on for flavour.

      • Amy Dong

      This is a family favorite, 100%

    • Ramona

    This recipe looks wonderful and it’s such a great idea specially for entertaining or picnics. I can’t wait to give this a try.

      • Amy Dong

      It’s super delish for gatherings!

    • Jan

    finger licking good

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you!

    • Jamie

    So flavorful and delicious!

      • Amy Dong

      Thanks, Jamie!

    • Jill

    Love this recipe, the tinga tacos are so flavorful!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so glad you liked these!

    • Jeri

    My entire family loved these chicken tinga tacos, and I loved that I had dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay! 🙂

    • Keri

    Loved these chicken tinga tacos.

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Keri!

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