Chicken Tinga or Tinga de Pollo con Calabacitas was one one the featured recipes at the cooking class I taught last year. The star of the night was the batch of homemade pork chorizo we prepared. Besides Tinga de Pollo, there was Chorizo con Huevo and Arroz Rojo con Chorizo. I really enjoy teaching the hands on cooking classes. Thanks to my good friend Sue and her beautiful Kitchen Store, I am able have fun doing the job I love. There are many variations on Tinga de Pollo, but a few of the staple ingredients often found are tomato, sometimes tomatillo and always chipotles. Because this was a Chorizo cooking class, we added chorizo to the tinga de pollo on this night. We really enjoyed the smoky chipotles paired with the spicy chorizo. And it’s not a heavy dish at all. If you replace the chicken thighs with chicken breast you would have a lighter, yet still flavorful Tinga with or without chorizo. And since the chorizo is homemade, you can control the fat content a little more and reduce the sodium content as well. One of my goals is to show people that many of the authentic foods of Mexico are simple and delicious.
The other ingredient that we added on this night was zucchini. Not traditional in tinga de pollo. I was asked to incorporate some locally grown produce into the recipes I was preparing that evening. I instantly thought about the tinga de pollo!
Chicken and Chorizo with Zucchini
This recipe was inspired by Chicken Tinga! Traditional chicken tinga does not have chorizo or zucchini, but I was teaching a chorizo cooking class and was also encouraged to use fresh produce for the recipe. These were the results. Tasty!
- 4 roma tomatoes
- 2 to matillos
- Olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup white onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
- 2/3 cup uncooked mexican chorizo
- 1 to 2 chipotles in adobo minced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. marjoram
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini diced
- In a nonstick skillet at medium heat, roast the tomatoes and tomatillos on the stove top at medium heat until charred on most sides. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth, set aside. For easy clean up, line your pan with a little foil paper.
- Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and set aside. In a large skillet, preheat 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat. Brown the chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan onto plate, set aside.
- In that same pan, add the onions, garlic and red bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the chorizo to one side and using a wooden spoon, crumble the chorizo as it cooks for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the sauce from blender, chipotles, tomato sauce and spices listed. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and taste for salt.
Add the the chicken back in and push down gently into the sauce. Cover and continue to cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Now at this time, we can pull the chicken out and shred it or you can leave it as is. I shredded the chicken since we would be serving it on tostadas. Add the diced zucchini during the last ten minutes and spread out evenly over the top. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve over corn tostadas.
For a more traditional tinga de pollo, eliminate the chorizo and zucchini. But you need to bump up the chipotle for sure to make it a real tinga!
Other dishes prepared in my Chorizo Cooking Class
Chorizo Con Huevo!
Chorizo Rice-Arroz Con Chorizo
Some extra photos from the Chorizo Cooking Class!
My dear friend Sue is such a great cooking teacher too! I am so sad that she moved away, but I hope to visit her in her new location all the way out in North Carolina where she has opened her new Kitchen Store and continues teaching international cooking classes!
On this night, we prepared a very easy recipe for homemade Mexican chorizo using good, quality spices. You can use ground pork or ground breakfast sausage for this recipe. If using the plain ground pork, I would suggest letting it chill in the refrigerator for 2 days before using it.
And if there is Chorizo, there must be homemade Flour Tortillas that will follow!