Chicken in Mole Sauce


Chocolate is the surprising ingredient in this one. Serve it over rice or with a side of veggies.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 2 (2 pound) bone-in chickens, giblets removed

  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 20 blanched almonds

  • ¼ cup diced firm ripe banana

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 corn tortillas, torn into small pieces

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (Optional)

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate


  1. Cut the chickens into pieces, reserving the breasts. Place chicken pieces except the breasts in a deep saucepan over medium heat; add the onion, garlic, and chicken broth. Cover the pan and simmer 25 minutes.

  2. Cut the breasts into halves and add to the saucepan; simmer until the chicken breasts are no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 20 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove the chicken to a cutting board. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken; cut the meat into bite sized pieces.

  3. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer, reserving the liquid and discarding the onion, garlic, and skimmed fat. If you have less than 3 cups of reserved liquid, add water to make 3 cups. If you have more than 3 cups, return to the pan and bring to a boil; cook until volume of liquid reduces to 3 cups.

  4. Combine the chili powder, almonds, banana, cinnamon, salt, tortilla pieces, sesame seeds, and pine nuts in a blender. Blend on low, slowly adding the reserved liquid in a stream until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture and remaining liquid into a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and chocolate; cook and stir until the butter and chocolate have melted. Stir the chicken pieces into the sauce; continue cooking until the chicken is heated completely through, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

875 Calories
64g Fat
15g Carbs
60g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 875
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g 82%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 259mg 86%
Sodium 1026mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 761mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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