Chicken Tinga


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Chicken Tinga

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Glass containers filled with chicken tinga and sides of rice, zucchini or carrots

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Cook once and eat extremely well all week with a batch of Mexican-inspired Chicken Tinga. Save time prepping by serving it with Hy-Vee spiralized sweet potato noodles, zucchini noodles, or pre-riced cauliflower. It's also great tucked inside a tortilla or served in a lettuce wrap.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 6
4 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped tomatoes
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped white onion
8 clove(s) garlic
1 tsp. Hy-Vee dried oregano
½ tsp. Hy-Vee ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp. Hy-Vee ground cloves
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped, plus additional for garnish
Hy-Vee salt, to taste
Hy-Vee ground black pepper, to taste
1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
2 (1 lbs.) pkgs. Hy-Vee Short Cuts spiralized sweet potatoes

Things To Grab

  • Blender
  • Large resealable plastic bag
  • Large skillet
  • Paper towels
  • Meat thermometer


  1. Place tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, and cilantro in a blender; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  2. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag pour blended sauce over chicken. Seal and marinate for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.

  3. During last 10 minutes of marinating, place a large skillet over medium heat; add oil. Add packages of spiralized sweet potatoes and cook until softened, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan, keep warm, and wipe out skillet.

  4. In same skillet, add chicken and marinade. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove chicken from pan and shred into large pieces. Add shredded chicken back to sauce and serve over sweet potato noodles. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    Shave 15 minutes off the prep time by using Hy-Vee Short Cuts Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles—no washing the spiralizer, either. Look for them in the produce department.
    Hy-Vee Test Kitchen

Nutrition facts


280 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 260mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 30g

Daily Values

Vitamin A 450%
Vitamin C 40%
Iron 20%
Calcium 8%

Recipe Source:

Hy-Vee Test Kitchen