This easy slow-cooker chicken recipe with mole poblano gets plenty of complex flavor from anchos (dried poblanos). Beer is an unconventional ingredient, but makes a nice bittersweet companion for the chiles. For more ways to serve this healthy mole, try these ideas: leave the chicken on the bone and serve with the sauce over brown rice; serve the shredded chicken on buns with creamy coleslaw; or stir vegetables and a can of rinsed beans into the saucy shredded chicken to make chili.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tomatoes and their juice, beer (or broth), almonds, sesame seeds, chiles, garlic, oregano, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a blender. Puree for 1 minute, scraping down the sides once or twice.

  • Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour in the sauce, then nestle chicken into it. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 6 hours.

  • Remove the chicken from the sauce. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-size pieces. Stir chocolate into the sauce, then stir the chicken back in.

  • Serve the chicken mole in corn tortillas, topped with sesame seeds and radish slices, with lime wedges on the side, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

To warm tortillas, wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, 5 to 10 minutes.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

459.6 calories; protein 34.9g 70% DV; carbohydrates 35.1g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 7.3g 29% DV; sugars 5.9g; fat 20.2g 31% DV; saturated fat 4.3g 21% DV; cholesterol 100.4mg 34% DV; vitamin a iu 1737.5IU 35% DV; vitamin c 4.4mg 7% DV; folate 25.4mcg 6% DV; calcium 144.4mg 14% DV; iron 4.4mg 24% DV; magnesium 113.2mg 40% DV; potassium 713.7mg 20% DV; sodium 495.9mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV; added sugar 2g.