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Chicken Mole

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours

Makes

12 servings

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
Chicken Mole Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs (about 4-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • MOLE SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 170°-175°, stirring occasionally and add 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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