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easy chicken tinga bowls // cait's plate

easy chicken tinga bowls

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups spicy chicken 1x
  • Category: dinner


these easy chicken tinga bowls can be prepped over the weekend and eaten all week long! full of whole grains, healthy fat and protein, it’s a great meal for the whole household!




  • 3 1/2 cups cooked & shredded boneless, skinless chicken (thighs or breasts would both work) – *see note
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 12 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (depending on how much heat you want).
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cooked brown rice
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced radish
  • Cotija cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped



  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion and sauté until tender (3-4 minutes).
  • Add garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds (until fragrant) then stir in cumin, oregano, bay leaves, tomato sauce, chipotle sauce cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves then add tomato sauce, chicken stock and salt and bring to a simmer, cooking for 7-8 minutes allowing liquid to thicken.
  • Transfer sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add shredded chicken to the same sauté pan and pour the blended sauce over the chicken stirring to coat the chicken completely.  Add salt and pepper, to taste then cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes.


  • Assemble bowls by placing 1/2 – 1 cup brown rice at the bottom then top with 1/2 – 1 cup of the spicy chicken mixture followed by radish slices, freshly chopped cilantro, cotija cheese and avocado.  Serve with a lime wedge.


* I like to cook my chicken in the crockpot.  I add a little olive oil to the bottom then add about 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken (breast or thighs) and cook on low for 4 hours (5 hours if the chicken is frozen) or until it’s cooked through and can be shredded easily with a fork).

Keywords: dinner, chicken, easy meal, chicken tinga

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