I am completely and totally, one hundred percent, head-over-heels in love with these chicken tinga burritos.
They are the perfect meal for lunch, tea, snacking, feeding a few, feeding just you, feeding kids, feeding anyone for that matter. They fit in with everything and everyone and are so much fun to make.
The best way to serve these is on a platter, they can be fully wrapped and made or each element can be laid out separately so everyone can help themselves and build their own chicken burritos.
Chicken tinga and chipotle
My version of Chicken tinga is baked and shredded chicken mixed with my homemade chipotle sauce.
This chipotle sauce really packs a punch and also goes amazing well with pasta. If you’re after something not so spicy, have a look at my beef brisket burritos. Or for something slightly different my jerk chicken tacos or paprika chicken wraps.
I’m referring to this sauce as chipotle, mainly because of its smoky and spicy flavours. However, I have to confess that there aren’t actually any chipotle chillies in this sauce. Firstly because I didn’t have any when I first made the sauce and secondly because I decided after that it was pretty bloody good the way it was. This probably means that its not a chipotle sauce at all but I decided to keep the “chipotle” in the title as it’s the best way to describe all the lovely flavours that are going on here. Lots of lovely chipotle-ness.
You can tell how much I love this recipe based on the amount of pictures I have – I went a bit over board. But to be fair there is a lot going on and now I can demonstrate each stage of this dish with a lovely, colourful piccie 🙂
So the first step on the stairway to chicken tinga burrito greatness is the sauce/marinade.
I say this as the chipotle sauce is used firstly as a marinade and then later as a sauce for the finishing touch to the chicken tinga burritos. The smokiness in the sauce comes from blackening the skins of the bell peppers and chilli peppers. I did this under the grill but you could also use a blow torch or balance over the flame of a gas hob, if you’re feeling up to the challenge of either. Whatever the method, the skins should be partially black to create a sweet yet smoky flavour.
When I say smoky…..it can literally get quite smoky. If you don’t want your smoke alarm to deafen you then it’s definitely advisable to whip on the extractor fan and have the window open. Once the peppers are prepared, pop them into the blender along with the other sauce ingredients and pulse until smooth. It’s good to taste the sauce and add more heat with the tabasco if its needs an extra kick, or more yogurt if the chilli is too over powering. The finished product is a silky smooth deep orange sauce, with flecks of smoky black pepper skin and a fiery punch.
Marinating the chicken in the sauce isn’t essential but really intensifies the flavours if you have the time to do this.
I used half the sauce to bake with and create the chicken tinga and saved the other half for a dip to drizzle over the finished burrito. The chicken tinga works best in a burrito if its shredded – it’s easier to shape and fold. So, after the chicken has been baking for about half an hour – 40 minutes, and whilst it is still very juicy and tender; I pulled apart the breasts using a fork and shredded into fine strips. Mix the chicken well to fully coat in all the lovely baking sauce and then pop the chicken tinga back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
And that is pretty much it for the cooking side of things – the rest is all about the build.
This is the fun bit. Lay out all the ingredients, preferably in the order they will go into the chicken burritos, heat the wraps for 10-20 seconds in the microwave (to loosen them and make them easier to fold), then get building. Ideally try to keep each ingredient in a line and don’t let the filling creep too close to the edge of the wrap. I usually keep the fillings towards the front end of the wrap.
The folding!! It’s quite easy once you know how.
The first step is to take the end of the wrap closest to you and fold it over the filling. At the same time fold in the wrap at either side and trap under the first fold. Continue to roll up and then secure by placing a blob of yogurt under the end flap of the wrap…and …voila! Easy, right? Maybe have a couple of practice runs if you don’t feel too confident – or just let everyone make their own 🙂
I like to slice my chicken tinga burritos on the diagonal, just because I think it looks fancy but each burrito can be served as it is, if you prefer. Any chicken burritos left over? Or not wanting to eat them right away? – Lay a sheet of baking parchment over a sheet of foil, then wrap up the burrito and pop in the fridge for later. It should keep for a couple of days. And trust me you’re gonna want to keep hold of these bad boys.
**Estimated nutritional information per serving and per 100g of chicken burrito with chipotle sauce. Refer to my Nutrition Information Guide to find out more about how this is calculated and the sources used.