Mexican cuisine is packed with delicious, complex flavors, and mole is no exception. The nation’s signature sauce gets its dark color from Mexican chocolate and has a savory, smoky taste. This Chicken Mole recipe capitalizes on the flavorful richness of mole while keeping the calorie count low. Go ahead, top your chicken with mole and enjoy a protein-packed lunch or dinner!
For more Mexican-inspired meals, try these recipes for chicken burrito bowls, a breakfast scramble, and cheesy, slow-cooker enchiladas.
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
- 3 large dried ancho (or pasilla) chiles, stems, seeds, and ribs removed and discarded
- 1½ cups hot water
- 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided use
- 1½ medium onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 6-inch corn tortillas, toasted, torn into pieces
- 2 Tbsp. all-natural smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- 1¾ cups low-sodium organic vegetable (or chicken) broth
- 1 (3.1-oz.) square Mexican chocolate (like Ibarra or Abuelita), chopped
- 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 8 (4-oz.) raw chicken breasts
- Soak chiles in water for 15 minutes. Drain; set aside.
- Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
- Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
- Place onion mixture, chiles, tortillas, peanut butter, oregano, and broth in blender, in two or more batches, if necessary; cover with lid and kitchen towel. Blend until very smooth.
- Return mixture to saucepan; cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add chocolate. Season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is thick enough to coat a wooden spoon. Set aside.
- Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add chicken breasts; cook, turning once, for 7 to 9 minutes, or until chicken breasts are no longer pink in the middle.
- Top each chicken breast with ⅓ cup mole sauce.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Total Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 73 mg
Sodium: 539 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 15 g
Protein: 26 g
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