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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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 Bonus: Zinc (23% daily value), Iron (19% dv), Vitamin A (18% dv), Magnesium (17% dv), Potassium (15% dv).
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (other), 4 lean meat, 3 fat