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Mole Poblano with Chicken


  • Ready Time : 0 min




  • 4 chicken breast halves, bone-in and skin on
  • 3 TBLS olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, medium size, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 TBLS chili powder
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp anise seed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tomatoes, medium size, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • 3 TBLS almond or peanut butter
  • 2 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 TBLS sesame seeds


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm oil.
2 Place chicken in Dutch oven and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, about 8 – 10 minutes.
3 Remove chicken from pan and set aside. Add onion to the hot pan and stir to brown slightly, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, almonds and garlic; sauté until aromatic, about 3 minutes.
4 Add chili powder, ginger, thyme, anise seed and cinnamon. Sauté until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes.
5 Pour in 1 cup chicken broth and stir to deglaze pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of pan.
6 Whisk in almond or peanut butter, return chicken and any juices to pan. Bring to a boil.
7 Cover pan and transfer to hot oven. Braise chicken until tender, about 1 hour. Add a little chicken broth as needed throughout cooking time to keep level constant.
 Remove pot from oven. Remove chicken from pot; cover to keep warm. Add chocolate to sauce, stirring to melt. Add salt and pepper. Return chicken to sauce in pot and turn to coat evenly.
9 Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat to warm chicken throughout. Remove chicken to serving platter; sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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5 Responses to Mole Poblano with Chicken

  1. avatar says: shelleys

    This recipe took some time as I was preparing it for 12 people. After it was done I separated the sauce from the chicken, put the hot sauce into a slow cooker set on warm right before Shabbas, and then was able to serve it warm for lunch. It was fantastic! I froze the leftovers and we are looking forward to eating it again.

    • Wow, thanks so much for letting us know, I would have been worried about the sauce making it all night. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. avatar says: davises88

    When you say chocolate, I assume you mean unsweetened chocolate. You can purchase hechshered Mexican chocolate. It’s expensive but worth it. I made Rick Bayless’ Turkey Mole for Thanksgiving (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Turkey-in-Mole-Poblano). The recipe took 3 days but SO WORTH IT. Wonderfully complex flavors. Make extra sauce and then make a regular roast chicken and serve sauce alongside.

  3. avatar says: tovisnaw

    Just a little bit confused… When does the chocolate get added in? In number 8 it says “Return chicken to sauce in pot” wasn’t the chicken already in the sauce when it was braising in the oven for an hour?

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