Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce

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Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce

Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of chiles and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the chiles. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare—this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chili powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35
Total Time: 35

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (see Note)

Preparation

  1. Season chicken with 1/8 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.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, chile powder, cumin, cinnamon and the remaining 1/8 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.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Look for toasted sesame seeds at the supermarket near other Asian ingredients. Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 382
fat 24 g (6 g sat, 11 g mono)
cholesterol 94 mg
carbohydrates 14 g
protein 30 g
fiber 3 g
sodium 634 mg
potassium 536 mg

Nutrition Bonus Zinc (23% daily value), Iron (19% dv), Vitamin A (18% dv), Magnesium (17% dv), Potassium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 carbohydrate (other), 4 lean meat, 3 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2011