An Easy Chicken with Mole Sauce Recipe!
Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in New Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of Chile and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the Chile. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare—this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chile powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion.
This wonderful recipe is from Eating Well Magazine.
1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil,
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon almond butter or natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
(Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.)
Season chicken with teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, chile powder, cumin, cinnamon and the remaining teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, broth, chocolate chips and almond (or peanut) butter; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, return the chicken (and any accumulated juice) to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.