Shredded Chicken for Tostadas (Tinga)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

My best friend taught me how to make this and it is authentic.


  1. Place chicken breasts in large pot and add water to cover. Add salt.
  2. Turn water up to boiling and let simmer until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan and shred. Set aside.
  4. Heat med-large skillet with oil. Add halved tomatoes and cook about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove tomatoes from skillet and place in blender. Add chipotles to blender with tomatoes (for mild taste only use 1-2 chipotles, add more for more heat).
  6. Add 1 cup water to blender and about 1 tsp salt. Blend and set aside.
  7. Place sliced onion in skillet. Cook about 5 minutes. Add salsa to skillet; mix well.
  8. Mix chicken and salsa together and serve warm on tostadas.
Most Helpful

Very good and easy. I added cilantro, onion and garlic powder to the water where I cooked the chicken and used that broth for the cup of water ( didn't use the whole cup as it would water it down too much). Once the chicken was cooked, I removed the breasts and added the tomato pieces and cooked until soft. Saved a little bit of calories from the oil. Once the sauce was made in the blender, I added and the chicken it to the onions and simmered. Came out great!

browncanesugar May 07, 2010

This had great flavor and was wonderful on crispy tostada shells. I topped the tostadas with all the usual toppings-lettuce, tomato, cheese, and avocado. The only problem for me was the amount of water, it could be reduced by half or maybe left out completely. I used 2 chipotles, which was plenty spicy for us.

Ginny Sue July 11, 2009

This recipe was very delicious! I have had tinga before, but this recipe was different and really easy to make. My husband loved it! I also added avocado and sour cream to it. Thanks for the Great Recipe! :)

M. Garcia October 11, 2008