Tinga de Pollo, or Chipotle Chicken

Here’s a spicy chicken dish with two versions: tomato sauce-based or creamy. Both are delicious! Vegetarians and vegans can substitute tofu for the chicken and use vegetable stock.

Tinga de Pollo aka Chipotle Chicken
Serves 6 // 271 calories, 3 net carbs (creamy version: +10 calories, <1 net carb)

4 boneless organic free-range chicken breasts
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MARINADE
1 7-ounce can chipotles packed in adobo sauce (using sauce, only)
Tomato sauce (enough to equal 1/2 cup when added to adobo sauce)
1 cup rich red wine
2 garlic cloves
1/2 onion
3 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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1/2 cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
(For a creamy sauce, use organic Greek yogurt instead of broth)

Blend together all ingredients for marinade, using a blender or food processor.

Place chicken and marinade in a large zip-lock bag and seal. Massage the chicken and marinade a little, turning the bag over several times. Chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken in a large, greased baking dish. Whisk marinade and chicken broth together and pour over the chicken breasts. Cover baking dish with foil.

Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer.  Garnish with a dollop of guacamole of avocado crema*, and serve with sautéed or grilled zucchini.


*Avocado Crema

1 medium avocado, cut in half lengthwise, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 medium lime)
Pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients together, using a blender or food processor.