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Easy Chicken Tinga Salad

This Chicken Tinga Salad is PERFECT for busy weeknights!  This saucy and spicy bowl of goodness whips up super quick with the help of chicken and chorizo that is made in advance.

A bowl of Chicken Tinga Salad.

Recently I shared with you one of my favorite go-to recipes for busy weeknights, the 2-Ingredient Chicken Taco Meat which is essentially a short-cut version of Chicken Tinga.

Mexican Chicken Tinga is shredded chicken cooked in tomatoes, chipotles, onions and spices.  It is a saucy and spicy meat filling for tacos, burritos, tostadas etc.  This invention comes from Puebla, Mexico.

My version of Chicken Tinga uses just 3 oz of chorizo per pound of chicken.  Chorizo essentially has all of the ingredients of authentic Chicken Tinga and comes in a neat little package.  Basically you just dump both into a pot – simmer, stir, done.  I make a big batch and we eat it all week.  You can also freeze half for later.  I make tacos, burritos, street fries, loaded baked get the idea.  Today I made Chicken Tinga Salad, because – why not?  Variety is the spice of life.

What makes this recipe easy is that it only has two ingredients, it’s a dump and cook method that you can even do in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, and you can serve the different chicken tinga variations all week without feeling like you are having leftovers.

Have fun in the kitchen with this one and let me know how it goes.  Do you have any creative ideas on how to serve this?  Leave a comment below.

Buen Provecho!

Chorizo cooking in a pan.
Coating chicken with chorizo.
Chicken cooking in a pot.
Chopped chicken taco meat.
A bowl of Chicken Tinga.
A bite of Chicken Tinga on a fork.

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A bowl of Chicken Tinga Salad.

Easy Chicken Tinga Salad

Yield: 14 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Chicken Tinga Salad is PERFECT for busy weeknights!  This saucy and spicy bowl of goodness whips up super quick with the help of chicken and chorizo that is made in advance.


chicken tinga

  • 3 oz of chorizo sausage for every pound of chicken.
  • 3 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Salad greens, I like a spring mix of spinach, arugula and baby kale.
  • Red or yellow bell pepper.
  • Avocado slices.
  • Fresh tomato slices.
  • Cilantro, chopped.
  • Scallion, sliced or served whole.
  • Pepitos or sunflower seeds for garnish.
  • Ranch dressing.


  1. In a large dutch oven pan, add chorizo and cook over medium heat, stir often.
  2. When chorizo is hot and bubbly, add chicken and mix well to coat evenly.
  3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Uncover and cook until cook through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, cool, shred or chop into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Serve this on or next to a pile of greens and the rest of the veggies and herbs.  Drizzle some creamy ranch dressing and serve.


Salad variations:

  • quinoa, cucumber, parsley, scallions
  • cucumber, red onions, corn, couscous
  • couscous, red onion, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, kalamata olives

The nutrition information is below without the dressing.  Feel free to use your favorite dressing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 859mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g

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Elaine Benoit

Thursday 18th of October 2018

I love chicken tinga and I love how easy and delicious your salad looks!! I seriously have to make this asap!


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Oh I could totally make this. My room mates will love this. It looks healthy-ish and the spice chicken tinga looks amazing. Can't wait to try this. Can I use chicken breast with this?


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

You should make this, it's super easy and a great recipe for your culinary quiver. Yes you can use chicken breast. I just prefer thigh meat because it has more flavor, moisture and it's half the price of breast. Bon appetite!


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

This really looks good. I like spice and ranch dressing together. I always thought that made a great combo. I'm going to print this out and put it on the fridge, do you think my wife will get the hint?


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

I think she would get the hint;)

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