Mole Poblano is an ‘old fashioned’ Mexican sauce that goes way, way back. It’s not as popular as it once was (so I’m told) and I’m not sure why…because it’s truly a great sauce! The combination of the heat of chipotle pepper and the sweetness of chocolate is perfect together. I usually serve my Chicken Mole Poblano with a delicious Coconut Rice. Give it a go – I think you’ll be surprised not only with how easy it is to make, but how truly flavorful this sauce really is!
Chicken Mole Poblano
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 garlic, chopped
20 grape tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup chopped dried mango
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder*
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
10 oz can enchilada sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
4 large or 6 medium bone-in chicken thighs
1 oz semi sweet chocolate
Spread the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and heat under the broiler 2-4 minutes until toasted; being careful not to burn them. Set aside. In a medium skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in the hot oil for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and sauté 5 minutes. Add the dried mango and the spices and sauté another two minutes. *use more chipotle chili powder if you like it spicier. Add the enchilada sauce and the chicken stock; cook five minutes. Meanwhile heat a second skillet with a little cooking spray and brown the chicken on both sides (3-5 minutes total).
Place the Mole Poblano sauce in a food processor along with the toasted almonds and process until smooth. Place the browned chicken into the first skillet and add the processed Mole Poblano sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer one hour. Meanwhile make the Coconut Rice. Chop the chocolate and stir into the Chicken Mole Poblano sauce just before serving.
Serve the Chicken Mole Poblano with a side of Coconut Rice. It’s the perfect combination of spicy and sweet!
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