Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

The heat can be adjusted to your own taste by adding or cutting down on the chipotle peppers. It works well for a buffet, and is even more flavorful the next day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the chicken into a large pot with 1/4 c sliced onion, garlic and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken, cool, and shred meat. If using bone-in chicken, discard skin and bones.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining onion slices, and fry until transparent.
  4. If using fresh tomatoes, place them in a pan of boiling water (can use water used to boil chicken) and boil until they split open.
  5. Place the tomatoes, chipotle peppers (use 3-4 for a little heat, up to the whole can according to your taste), and boullion into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  6. Pour into a large pan and add the shredded chicken and cooked onions. Heat through.
  7. To serve, spread a layer of sour cream on a tostada, top with the chicken and shredded lettuce.
Most Helpful

5 5

It's recipes like this one that make me realize how much I've been missing by not trying more new dishes YEARS AGO! Except for two things, I followed the recipe down the line ~ however, I doubled the garlic & used only 3 chipotle chilies! Still, I think I got a flavor intensity that suited me! Very, very tasty, & yet another direction in which to take chicken breasts! Many thanks for posting this recipe!

5 5

This is a great recipe for chicken tinga! I've made it many times and it always disappears fast. Especially good topped with avocado and queso fresco. Tastes even better the next day. I usually add a little brown sugar while cooking for just a hint of sweetness.

5 5

I used some left over roasted chicken and just eye-balled the ingredients. You would never guess it was leftovers and I'll be sure to remember this when I need to get dinner on the table fast!