Mole, a Mexican specialty, is a rich, thick sauce with complex flavors. It is usually labor-intensive and includes a long list of ingredients. This quick version of a mole (pronounced MOH-lay) uses canned chipotle chilies and diced tomatoes to form the sauce for tender chunks of chicken. The smoky, spicy sauce includes chocolate, an ingredient commonly found in some moles. Don’t worry, the sauce doesn’t taste like chocolate…it just provides another layer of flavor.
After reading a few other mole recipes, I decided to add 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1 chopped clove of garlic and a dollop of peanut butter to my simmering Chicken Mole with Chipotles. The extra ingredients aren’t necessary but added just a little more flavor. A friend of mine who swung by right after the mole finished cooking got to try some. She loved it (and wanted seconds)! Husband and I loved it, too. The mole was spicy but not too spicy. Serve with steamed rice.
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Chicken Mole with Chipotles
-recipe from epicurious.com
Mole, a classic Mexican chili sauce, gets streamlined here. Chipotle chilies (available canned at Latin American markets and many supermarkets) add heat, while unsweetened chocolate provides subtle sweetness. Serve the stew in shallow bowls with steamed rice. Add an arugula, orange, and red onion salad and a basket of warm corn tortillas. For dessert, offer cinnamon-spiked hot chocolate and wafer cookies. Makes 4 servings.
6 skinless boneless chicken thighs, each cut into 3 pieces
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 14 1/2-ounce cans chili-style chunky tomatoes in juice
1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced canned chipotle chilies plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
Coat chicken on all sides with cumin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add onion and sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broth, chipotle chilies, adobo sauce, and chocolate and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve.