Chocolate Chicken Mole

This was Sunday night’s supper. Taken straight from an episode of Simply Delisioso on the FoodNetwork. My 10 year old actually took the picture, I think he’s got a future if food photography if he wants it. The Mole is out of this world and very easy to prepare. The recipe also calls for a rotisserie chicken, so simple.

The companion dish is a Red Mexican Rice which I will post tomorrow. I halved the chipotle pepper because I was afraid it would be too spicy. If you want to leave it in, follow the recipe below exactly. I thought the heat level was perfect with a little less chipotle pepper.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle pepper with 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can (or more to taste), chopped
1 cup raisins
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded (skin and bones discarded)
1/4 cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish
1 orange, zested, for garnish
Fresh cilantro, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced, for serving
Flour tortillas, for serving
Place a pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. Add the onion and garlic, stirring to soften for 5 minutes. Add the chipotle with adobo, raisins, and tomatoes, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Carefully pour the mixture into a blender. Add the peanut butter, broth, chili powder, and cinnamon. Puree the mixture until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Return the mixture to the pot over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Add the shredded chicken and heat through.

Transfer the mole to a serving dish and garnish with peanuts, sesame seeds, and orange zest. Serve with cilantro, lime, avocado, and tortillas.