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Pulled Chicken with Chipotle Chilies

4 Servings

30 minutes, Fast: 1½ hours Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours

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This is a version of classic tinga from the Mexican state of Puebla. We skipped the typical pork and chorizo sausage in favor of leaner, faster-cooking chicken thighs. And we took a cue from our recipe for chicken in green mole and thicken the sauce by cooking tortillas right in the pot with the other ingredients. The shredded chicken can be tucked into tacos or wrapped up with other fillings to make a burrito, or serve it simply with rice or tortillas alongside. Diced white onion, shredded cabbage, sliced avocado and/or crumbled queso fresco are excellent flourishes that add color, flavor and texture to the dish.

4

Servings

Tip

Don't use flour tortillas or tortillas made from a corn-flour blend as neither will break down properly to thicken the sauce. After pouring the tomatoes into the pot, don't stir them in because they have a tendency to stick and burn on the bottom of the pot.

30 minutes, Fast: 1½ hours

Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours

Ingredients

  • 3-4

    chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions

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Reviews
Andrew J.

If adapting this recipe for a standard pressure cooker, would one cook the chicken for 8 minutes after bringing it up to high pressure, or cook it for 8 minutes total after locking the lid in place? Thanks!

Janelle C.

This is a great question. Would you post it in our Q&A Forum for Milk Street Insiders and Digital subscribers? It's currently free for all to use and we're sure others would love to hear the answer to this one.

https://www.177milkstreet.com/discussion/

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The Milk Street Team

Cherie L.

Once it's up to pressure -- the Instant Pot starts timing once it's at high pressure.

Elissa V.

This looks delicious. Is there a variation for those of us without a pressure cooker?

Janelle C.

Hi Elissa,

While we don't have a variation for use without a pressure cooker our Orange-Guajillo Chilli Pulled Chicken is a similar recipe. You can view it here: https://www.177milkstreet.com/recipes/orange-guajillo-chili-pulled-chicken

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Cherie L.

Just follow the slow method in a regular Crock Pot!

Keith D.

How would you adjust the cooking time if you used chicken breasts instead of thighs?

Janelle C.

This is a great question. Would you post it in our Q&A Forum for Milk Street Insiders and Digital subscribers? It's currently free for all to use and we're sure others would love to hear the answer to this one.

https://www.177milkstreet.com/discussion/

Best,
The Milk Street Team