Easy Chicken Mole Stew

There is nothing, and I mean nothing that will scent your kitchen up like Mole.  Not moles, silly, Moe-LAY.  Mole is a Mexican sauce that is so complex that it is unbelievable.  Your taste buds will be going nuts for hours trying to figure out all of the flavors they have taken in.  Sweet, spicy, warm, tangy….the list goes on and on in waves of flavor ecstasy.

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Mole can be time consuming..but the best way to make this is in a slow cooker so that all the flavors meld together.  I like to stir in corn at the last minute but that isn’t totally required.

Don’t let this dish intimidate you.  It is a little non-traditional because I found, quite by accident, that I like it better made with dates than raisins.

Ready?  Put the Mexican music on the AM dial and let’s go…

Chicken Mole Stew

Mole:

1 tablespoon chile infused oil or olive oil

2 cups orange juice

2 lbs diced onions

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

6 garlic cloves, chopped

3 cups chicken broth

3 tablespoons of cumin

1 teaspoon of dried  chipotle granules or to taste

1/3 cup pitted dates

1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons brown sugar or agave

1/4 cup red wine

Saute onion, garlic, and pumpkin seeds in oil until onion is transparent.  Stir in remaining ingredients except for wine.  SImmer for 20 minutes.

Place in a blender, a little at a time and blend until smooth.  Stir in wine.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

Chicken:

Cut 4 lbs of chicken breast into chunks.  You can also use thighs or whatever you like.  Brown quickly in oil.

Stew:

Add chicken and mole sauce to a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.  Stir in corn in the last hour if desired.  Serve with rice, tortillas, and salad.

Serves 8

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    • http://gingerbreadcrumbsandcompany.blogspot.com Cori G.

      I have always wanted to try Mole as it sounds so intriguing! Have you ever seen the movie, “Like Water for Chocolate”? Not one you want to see with your kids, but what a wonderful movie all about food and emotions. Come to think about it some parts are even embarrassing to watch alone…I cover my eyes :).

      I think this recipe will have to go in my file for a rainy day!!!

      xoxox Cori

    • Ginger

      yum this sounds good.

    • http://confectionarycreations.blogspot.com Elyse

      For as much as I consider myself a diehard chocolate fan, I’ve never made a mole. I know, pathetic right? Well, have no fear, your dish has totally inspired me to correct this little absurdity in my cooking record!

    • Marye Audet

      LOL COri!

      No I haven’t it is on my list though

    • Marye Audet

      oooh! try it and let me know!