Holy Mole: Chocolate Chicken

 The windows were down and a nice summer breeze was blowing through the car as we were driving home from work.  My girls asked their usual question, “Mommy, what’s for dinner?”

“I’m not sure what we are having tonight, but tomorrow we are having Chocolate Chicken.”  I responded nonchalantly, knowing this information will provoke some sort of contorted face and then perhaps a discussion.

“Ewwww. That’s gross.”  My nine and five-year olds say in unison.

“Chicken and chocolate do not go together Mom.” My nine-year old states as if she’s been cooking for years.

“Well if that’s what you’re cooking then I’m not eating it.” My five-year old informed me.

The girls continue to question my sanity and I just smile as we continue our ride home.

The following day we make our way to the grocery store to gather the ingredients for our chocolate chicken dish.  The girls watch very intently as I carefully select the chiles, spices, and tomatoes.

” Is that all we need?”  My nine-year old asks?

“Yep, that’s it!” I respond

“Does that mean we can go home now?” My five-year old asks impatiently.

“Yep, let’s go.” I answer, and just like that we are off on our journey to make the chocolate chicken.

Braised Chicken with Chocolate Mole Sauce:

You will need:

10 dried Ancho chiles

4 dried Chiles Negros

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1 tsp. allspice

1 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. coriander

1/4 tsp ground cloves

20 black peppercorns

1 tsp cinnamon stick

5 Tbsp of butter or lard

1/4 cup of raisins

1 corn tortilla broken into pieces

4 tomatillos

10 cherry tomatoes

5 garlic cloves peeled

1 small onion chopped

5 1/3 cups of chicken stock

3  ounces Cocoa Mill Bittersweet Chocolate; coarsely chopped

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, dry mustard

1 large package boneless skinless chicken thighs, 3-4 large chicken breasts

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

Olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees F

1. In a medium bowl cover the dried chiles with boiling water and let stand for 30  minutes.

2. In a large skillet combine the spices: sesame seeds, all spice, ginger, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and peppercorns. Toast the spices over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Transfer to blender or food processor and grind to a fine powder.

3. In the same skillet melt 1 Tbsp of butter. Stir in raisins and tortilla. Cook the mixture until the raisins are nice and plump and the tortilla is lightly toasted (about 5 minutes). Transfer into a bowl.

4. In the same skillet add tomatillos and cherry tomatoes. Blister the skins for about 12 minutes. set aside.

5. Staying with the same skillet add onions and garlic cloves, cook until lightly browned (about 10 minutes)

6. In a food processor chopped all the tomatoes, onion and garlic. 

7. Blend the raisins and tortilla and 1/3 cup of stock in the food processor.

8.  Melt 1 Tbsp of butter in skillet, add vegetable mixture, spice powder and cook five minutes, drain chiles and 5 cups of chicken stock, cover and let simmer for 1 hour.

9. In a bowl add 1 Tbsp of salt, 2 tsp pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp dry mustard. Mix together and rub on chicken.

10. In a skillet  heat a splash of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of butter until melted. Add chicken and brown on each side for 3-4 minutes. Transfer into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

11. Chop the 3 ounces of Cocoa Mill Bittersweet Chocolate and place in food processor, remove chiles for the sauce and place in food processor over chocolate, mix until you have a thick paste, add back into the sauce, heat for an additional 15 minutes.

12. Take half of the sauce and spoon over the chicken, cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven and cook for 3 hours.

Serve with rice and a nice summer salad. Enjoy!

Side note: My girls thoroughly enjoyed the “Chocolate Chicken” and cleaned their plates.

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