It’s Sept 16 – the 200th anniversary of Padre Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores “¡Viva Mexico!”
To celebrate I’m making a big pot of Frijoles pintos (Mexican pinto beans)
and serving it with Chicken Tostadas
Add tinga de pollo to tortilla soup to give it extra flavor.
In my tostada recipe I specified leftover chicken, but today there are no leftovers, so I’m making the chicken from scratch. This is a pretty easy recipe. Tinga de Pollo means spicy stewed chicken. I marinade it first for added tenderness and flavor, then stew it in the marinade.The marinade uses the green and red colors of the Mexican flag.
If you cook it and leave it in the sauce overnight, it is even better since the flavors have developed and soaked into the chicken.
Tacos are excellent served with cilantro, lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and avocado in a fresh tortilla that is bent and heated on a comal until it holds it shape.
Makes enough chicken for 10 tacos or tostadas
3 chicken breast halves, trimmed of fat and chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 cup cilantro
¼ tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp salt
7-oz can salsa (I use Herdez salsa ranchera)
1 cup diced tomatoes with green chile (use fresh Roma tomatoes and a jalapeño OR a can of diced tomatoes with green chile)
Mix all ingredients and let marinate for several hours.
Add 1/4 cup water. Cook chicken in marinade in a skillet until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Discard cooked cilantro. Serve in tacos or tostadas.I also tried this recipe without cutting up the chicken, just marinating it for several hours with slits cut in the breast, then barbecuing it. It came out juicy and spicy flavorful! Even better, I briefly stewed shredded leftover barbecued chicken in the marinade and made tacos de tinga de pollo asada from them.