Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tinga Tostadas is absolutely delicious and healthy too. The juicy and tender shredded chicken made in an Instant Pot is so versatile, use it for anything, really.
Is it worth hiring a personal trainer? One word – YES!
There was a time in my life when I was at my lowest. I didn’t need to lose weight per se, but rather, I needed to gain weight – “the healthy way”. I was literally eating salads and fruits, not because I didn’t LOVE food, it was because I had no appetite. You can read all about it here, here, and here.
During this period, I decided to hire a personal trainer who would help me get stronger, more fit, and teach me how to workout efficiently and effectively. It was expensive, but I also knew if I don’t invest in myself, who will? At the time, I was living in downtown Jersey City and a regular at my gym, however I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I was spending way too much time on cardio, and not enough time doing weights.
I hired a personal trainer at my gym who was ridiculously fit and appeared to know what he was doing. He evaluated me and told me to increase my protein intake. Note – in order to gain weight “the healthy way”, I was eating protein, veggies, good fats, good carbs, and fruits, however I wasn’t indulging in desserts daily in order to gain weight. The same would apply if you’re trying to lose weight, however you would have to cut down on calories in order to lose weight.
I booked him for 1-hour training sessions twice a week, and worked out on my own a couple more times a week. During this time, we didn’t focus on cardio, but instead he had me lifting weights doing lots of reps and 3-4 sets. He also included high intensity training which definitely kicked my butt. In order to build muscle, each week I was increasing the amount of weights I was lifting, whether I was doing squats with a kettlebell or lunges with a barbell, I was going heavier on weights. It felt good pushing myself, and I could feel my body getting stronger.
Since I loved the changes I was seeing, I booked my trainer for another 16 sessions. Keep in mind, hiring a personal trainer short term is most definitely worth it because they will teach you about form and show you exactly what you are doing wrong. With that said, long term I wasn’t able to commit to any more sessions due to the cost involved, however I walked away way more knowledgeable than before. I finally learned about form, and how to workout efficiently and effectively. That was by far one of the best gifts I gave myself in 2015.
Since building muscle is all about eating protein, I thought it would be appropriate to share this Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tinga Tostadas I recently made in my Instant Pot. Let me just tell you, cooking meat in an InstantPot results in such tender and juicy meat, you ought to give it a try. Top this shredded chicken over baked tostadas as I did, or over nachos, tacos, burritos, or make yourself a chipotle chicken bowl. It’s so versatile and so good! Enjoy!
These Chipotle Chicken Tinga Tostadas are:
Baked, not fried
High in Protein
Good for you
Versatile – top them over tostadas, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, or a chicken bowl.
Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tinga Tostadas (healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free)
- <b>for the chicken</b>
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 medium red pepper chopped
- 3 plum tomatoes chopped
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp marjoram
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp dried oregano rubbed
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 chipotle peppers + 4 tbsp adobo sauce from a can blended
- 1 1/2 pounds organic boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- squeeze of half a lime
- <b>for the tostadas</b>
- baked tostadas*
- shredded lettuce
- shredded chicken
- Mexican cheese optional
- a dollop of mango salsa click for recipe
- garnish with onions
- garnish with cilantro
- top with sliced avocado
- Chop the garlic, onion, red bell pepper and tomatoes.</br></br>
- Blend the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Set aside.</br></br>
- Split the chicken breast pieces into halves. Set aside.</br></br>
- Add all the spices to a plate... onion powder, marjoram, cumin powder, oregano, and salt. Set aside.</br></br>
- Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode, once hot, add oil followed by garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes.</br></br>
- Once softened, add tomatoes and cook for another 5-6 minutes.</br></br>
- Now add the chipotle peppers + adobo sauce and spices to the tomato mixture. Stir and cook for a minute.</br></br>
- Immediately add the chicken breasts.</br></br>
- Stir and coat the chicken well with the tomato mixture. Do this for about 30 seconds. Arrange the chicken on top of the tomato mixture.</br></br>
- Cover the Instant Pot with the lid. Set the venting knob to the sealing position. Hit CANCEL. Set to HIGH PRESSURE and cook for 10 minutes. Let the chicken release naturally or wait 20 minutes before opening.</br></br>
- While the chicken is cooking, prep your toppings.</br></br>
- This is what you should have once the chicken is cooked.</br></br>
- Remove the chicken and place into a bowl. Shred the chicken using 2 forks.</br></br>
- Transfer the chicken back to the sauce.</br></br>
- Stir well.</br></br>
- Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode for a couple minutes to absorb the water in the gravy. Hit CANCEL once done. Once done this is what you should have. Add cilantro and lime juice.</br></br>
- To assemble, take a couple baked tostadas and heat them in a toaster oven at 400 degrees for a couple minutes. Then top with shredded lettuce.</br></br>
- Followed by the shredded chicken we prepped.</br></br>
- At this time if you want cheese, top the chicken with Mexican cheese and pop it back into the toaster oven for a few minutes. If not, go dairy-free - top with mango salsa, onions, cilantro, and avocado. Squeeze some more lime if need be.</br></br>
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