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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicken Mole

That's Mole as in the sauce, not the rodent. And what makes this sauce incredible? CHOCOLATE. If you've never tried mole, you need to and making it is simple...once you get past the scariness of adding chocolate to your chicken.

2 tsp cumin
2 chicken breasts
1 TB olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 TB bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 tsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp orange zest
*flour tortillas, shredded jack and/or cheddar cheese, baby spinach (see #1)

1. You can prepare the chicken and use the sauce in a number of ways. Season the chicken breasts with 1 1/2 tsp cumin and salt and pepper. I like to either grill the breasts and then serve them sliced or cut the breasts into slices and cook in a skillet. (I like to roll the cooked slices in warm flour tortillas with mushrooms, cheese and baby spinach and serve the mole on top).

2. Add tomatoes, broth, chocolate, chipotle, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cumin to pan. Heat on medium until the chocolate chips are melted. Add the orange zest and season with salt.

3. Puree the sauce in a blender until smooth. Serve on top of chicken with a side of rice and veggies.

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