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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

An authentic Mexican recipe with spicy, smoky chicken cooked in onions, tomatoes, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 471kcal



  • ½ can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves

Other Ingredients

To serve:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 4 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cabbage shredded (purple or green)
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • ½ cup pepper jack cheese or cotija or queso fresco (optional)
  • 1 lime cut in wedges


  • Puree quartered tomato, garlic, and half a can of chipotle peppers with adobo sauce and set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and heat oil. Add sliced onions and cook for a minute with a glass lid on. Add diced tomatoes, chicken breasts, broth, and salt. Pour the pureed sauce over the chicken breasts. Pressure Cook for 8 minutes.
  • Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release. Open the Instant Pot, take the chicken out, and shred it using two forks. Put the shredded chicken back in the pot and turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Cook for 5 mins or until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency. Adjust salt and add cayenne pepper to taste.
  • To serve: Cook the corn tortilla directly over medium flame until it gets a few charred marks. Serve with cabbage, red onions, cilantro, avocado, cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime.



Use the full 7 ounces can of Chipotle peppers in adobo, 2 tomatoes, and 8 garlic cloves to make a little over a cup of sauce. Use half and freeze half for later. 
Low Carb Option
To serve as a low carb option, serve the chicken tinga with all the toppings on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce instead of tortilla


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1459mg | Potassium: 1060mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2482IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 3mg
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