|Chicken Mole over white rice|
A popular mole sauce enjoyed in Mexico and served at many Mexican restaurants in the United States is Mole Poblano. This mole is brick-red or reddish brown in color and is often enjoyed with chicken, although it is also excellent with turkey and even pork. My recipe is a version of Chicken Mole Poblano adapted for the crock pot or slow cooker. Using a blender or food processor for making the mole sauce and a crock pot for cooking eliminates much of the time-consuming manual labor otherwise involved in making chicken mole from scratch. Once you have all the ingredients ready, it takes only minutes to prepare the sauce and assemble everything in the crock pot. Cooking the chicken mole will take less than 4 hours if cooked on High, or about 8 hours if cooked on Low. For easiest preparation, read through the entire recipe and Notes at the end, where I point out things I might change the next time I make chicken mole. This recipe serves 6 to 8.
|Ingredients for chicken mole|
1 chicken (2 1/2 to 3 lbs), cut into pieces & skinned
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs slivered almonds, toasted (garnish)
Cooked rice (for serving)
Ingredients for Mole Sauce
2 or 3 dried chile peppers: Ancho, Poblano, New Mexico or Pasilla (or combination)*
2 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup (for a mild dish) to 1/2 cup (for medium-hot) diced canned or jarred jalapenos
3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbs raisins
|Blending the Mole sauce|
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp anise seed**
1/8 tsp cinnamon**
1/8 tsp coriander**
1/8 tsp nutmeg**
Combine all ingredients for the sauce in your blender or food processor, and blend or process until pureed (it will be thick, and you may want to pause to stir from time to time while processing).
Arrange the chicken pieces in the bottom of your crock pot or slow cooker, then pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook until chicken is done: Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours on High, or 7 to 8 hours on Low. While the chicken is cooking, you can toast the almonds for the garnish, and also make the rice.
|Before thickening the mole|
Serve by arranging the chicken pieces over cooked rice, ladling the mole sauce over the chicken and sprinkling with toasted almonds.
*Note: Choose your dried chiles based on how hot and spicy you like your food. Of those listed, New Mexicos are the mildest, followed by Poblanos, then Anchos and finally Pasilla peppers. None of these are hotter than jalapenos.
**Note: Using these spice amounts, the mole was not quite as robust or complex in flavor as I would have liked. You might want to increase the amount slightly of one or more of these spices, or experiment with adding an additional spice or two such as cumin or even some oregano.
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PS: If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own mole sauce, an excellent one to try is Larry's All-Natural Mole Sauce.