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Chicken Mole Recipe (Easy and Delicious)

Chicken mole is one of our favorite meals. Many recipes for mole call for a lot ingredients sometimes over thirty ingredients.

Not a lot of people have time for that so I’m going to share the recipe that I’ve been making for years now.

It does have a lot of ingredients but nowhere near as many as a lot of the mole recipes that you will find on the web.

Serve it with some Mexican rice.

If you’re looking for an even simpler mole recipe try this one right here!

chicken mole

Chicken Mole Recipe Steps

For the Chicken:

Bring the chicken, garlic, onion, cilantro and salt and water to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

Remove chicken from the pot and let the broth cool. Then strain it.

For the Mole:

Preheat the oven to 500.

Place tomatoes, onion and garlic on a baking sheet and roast until they have black spots on them.

tomatoes, onion and garlic

Next toast the chilies on each side over medium heat. This will take less than a minute.

Once toasted place them in a pot with a couple of cups of hot water. Also peel the roasted garlic and add it and the tomatoes and onion to the pot as well.

toasting chili

Next, fill a skillet over medium heat with 1/4 cup of oil. Once hot begin frying the plantain. Fry until nicely browned on both sides.

Then add to the pot with the other ingredients.

plantain

Next fry the tortillas until browned on both sides and add to the pot with the other ingredients.

tortilla

Now fry the cinnamon, chili seeds and whole cloves and also add to the pot with the other ingredients.

cinnamon-seeds-cloves

In batches blend all the ingredients in the pot with the peanut butter and about 7 cups of the chicken broth. Blend for about 2 min each batch.

blender-mole

While blending add about 4 tablespoons of oil to a pot over medium heat. Once oil is hot strain the sauce into the pot. Use a spatula to push the mole through the strainer.

straining mole

Add the chocolate to the mole and season with salt. Simmer for about 15-20 min over medium-low heat.

Serve over chicken with rice on the side. This recipe makes a lot of mole so if you don’t finish it you can always freeze it.

You can also use this recipe to make chicken mole enchiladas.

Any leftover chicken broth can be frozen. I really hope you enjoy this mole recipe as it is one of our favorites!

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Chicken Mole Recipe

Mole is an amazingly delicious Mexican sauce that is typically served over chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken mole, how to make chicken mole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 852 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 5 lbs of chicken
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 gallon of water

For the mole

  • 8 chili ancho peppers seeds removed
  • 6 chili guajillo peppers seeds removed
  • 6 chili pasilla peppers seeds removed
  • 2 tbs of reserved chili seeds
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 white onion quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 ripe plantain sliced
  • 3 to rtillas
  • 1 tbs of peanut butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken up
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 abuelita chocolate tablet
  • 7 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of oil

Instructions

For the chicken

  1. Bring chicken, garlic, onion, cilantro, salt and water to a boil in a stockpot.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 min or until chicken is tender.
  3. Remove chicken from the pot. Let broth cool then strain it.

For the mole

  1. Preheat oven to 500
  2. Roast the tomatoes, onion, and garlic until they have black spots but aren’t burnt. about 15-25 min.
  3. Toast chili peppers on each side over medium heat. Put them in a pot and cover with hot water.
  4. Fill skillet with 1/4 cup of oil when hot fry the plantain until nicely browned on both sides.
  5. Put the plantain slices in the pot with the chilis.
  6. Next fry the tortillas until browned on both sides and add to the same pot.
  7. Then fry the cinnamon, chili seeds and whole cloves and add to the pot.
  8. In batches blend all the ingredients in the pot with the peanut butter and 8 cups of the strained chicken broth.
  9. Strain the blended mole sauce into a pot with about 4 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
  10. Add the chocolate to the mole and season with salt.
  11. Simmer for about 15- 20 min. Stirring occasionally.
  12. Serve over the chicken with rice on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Mole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 852 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 200mg67%
Sodium 1140mg50%
Potassium 2088mg60%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 16695IU334%
Vitamin C 31.1mg38%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 6.2mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been shared at Thank Goodness It’s Monday at Nourishing Joy.

Easy and delicious chicken mole recipe. It is one of our favorite meals! #chicken #mexicanfood
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Kathy The FUN Baker

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Hi again Carissa, Oops! I forgot to check that I wanted to be notified when you respond to my comments/questions! By the way, I love your Wonderful recipes, your Sweet site & I will tell my friends about them, too! I hope you & your family are having a Great April! Happy Easter!!

Carissa

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Thank you so much for your sweet comment Kathy. I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying the recipes. Happy Easter to you as well!

Kathy The FUN Baker

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Hi Carissa, I absolutely Love mole & this recipe sounds AmaZing! I have never made my own mole sauce so I just have a couple of questions. (I often use a little purchased green mole in cooking dishes such as vegetarian chili.) Should I use corn or flour tortillas? Secondly, I am allergic to chocolate so I'm thinking I will replace the chocolate tablet with more peanut butter, but I'm wondering if you could please suggest an amount. Thank you SO Much for this yummy sounding recipe. I look forward to hearing your advice & then I will try this recipe. I can't wait!! Happy Cooking!!!

Carissa

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Hi Kathy, we always use corn tortillas. I would suggest starting with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Then from there you can taste and see if you want to add more. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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