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Chicken Mole

If you’re not familiar with chicken mole (pronounced mo-LAY), don’t be afraid of this versatile Mexican sauce. I love sharing this chicken mole recipe because it’s a great one to experiment with. —Darlene Morris, Franklinton, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs (about 4-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, optional


  • Sprinkle chicken with salt; place in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Place the tomatoes, onion, chiles, almonds, raisins, chocolate, oil, chipotle pepper, garlic, cumin and cinnamon in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Pour over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender; skim fat. Serve chicken with sauce, and sprinkle with cilantro if desired.
  • Freeze option: Cool chicken in mole sauce. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet or Dutch oven until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh with 1/3 cup sauce: 311 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • shawnba
    Apr 15, 2019

    Really good, and easy chicken dish. I did increase the chipotle to 2 peppers, and added some salt at the end. Served it with Mexican style rice and pinto beans, with tortillas on the side. It was a hit at my house. VFE

  • keatinkp
    Mar 16, 2019

    Made this recipe exactly as written (though I am confused why it specifies whole tomatoes drained and then has you put them in a blender. It would seem any diced or crushed tomatoes should do just fine). Everyone in the family agreed that this was a recipe that we will never make again. I cooked it for the shortest time (6Hrs.) on low and still the chicken thighs (and I used very large ones because of the length of time it was going to cook) were woefully overcooked. The meat was totally tasteless. The sauce was non-descript. There was absolutely no redeeming quality for this recipe.

  • Yanogator
    Feb 11, 2018

    I don't know about the recipe, but your pronunciation is wrong. The stress is on the first syllable, not the second.

  • I_Fortuna
    Sep 23, 2017

    Finally, someone put added a mole recipe that is simple. Many call for 22 or more ingredients. That many are not necessary although there are those who will tell you more are better. Often mole is made with some leftover things like the morning toast or some exotic ingredient. This recipe is great and I too like mine a little more sweet and hubby does not so I squeeze some agave on top of mine. LOL My recipe is similar to the one above and it comes out delicious.

  • Ecanfield
    Mar 3, 2016

    It was a 4 star with the recipe as is. When I made it the second time I used peanuts instead of Almonds, and Breast instead of thighs which made it 5 stars with my whole family. For the left overs, I added some peanut butter and couple splash of chicken broth to make it more saucy to put over rice, and we all loved it even more. Next time I'll add the peanut butter and chicken stock when first cooking. It was Great over rice.

  • ejt325
    Oct 29, 2013

    I will make this again, but use sweeter chocolate. It was a little too bitter.

  • TR0625
    May 1, 2013

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