Cheater Instant Pot Pollo en Mole

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This chicken mole is my rendition of the Mexican classic, but cooked in an Instant Pot. I'm not claiming it's authentic, but family raves about it. I use Mexican mole dry seasoning from the Savory Spice shop. Serve on top of rice or warmed corn tortillas garnished with queso fresco and sliced avocado.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth

  • ¾ cup Mexican mole dry seasoning

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 medium garlic clove, chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chicken breasts

  • 1 ounce Mexican chocolate


  1. Combine tomatoes, chicken broth, mole seasoning, water, 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, ancho chile powder, chipotle chile powder, salt, and pepper in a blender; blend until smooth.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Allow to get hot and add remaining 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Cancel Saute mode. Add chicken and pour sauce on top.

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, for 15 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Add Mexican chocolate and stir to combine.

Cook's Note:

An 8 ounce can of tomato sauce may be substituted for the tomatoes, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
24g Fat
21g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 541mg 12%

* 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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