Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of chiles and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the chiles. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare--this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chili powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Season chicken with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

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  • Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, chile powder, cumin, cinnamon and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, broth, chocolate chips and almond (or peanut) butter; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, return the chicken (and any accumulated juice) to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Tips

Note: Look for toasted sesame seeds at the supermarket near other Asian ingredients. Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; 24.4 g total fat; 5.8 g saturated fat; 94 mg cholesterol; 631 mg sodium. 518 mg potassium; 13.5 g carbohydrates; 3.2 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 29.5 g protein; 915 IU vitamin a iu; 5 mg vitamin c; 20 mcg folate; 75 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 66 mg magnesium; 6 g added sugar;

Reviews (15)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2019
What a great recipe. This was my first attempt at mole and I added some hydrated guajillos, but this is likely a new addition to the family rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2019
I've never made mole sauce before because the recipes are intensive and time consuming. This was super easy and is so good. Will definitely satisfy my craving! I'm slow-cooking chicken breast to shred and have with it. The only thing I subbed was peanut butter powder for the real thing as I don't keep it on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2019
This was quick and tasty. Like Kitty I had to sub some ingredients for what I had on hand: used cocoa a bit of sugar tomato paste to make the tomato sauce african pepper and peri peri pepper seasoning (for the cumin and cinnamon) peanut butter and water instead of broth. still used the chile powder garlic and the method. it was very close to the red moles I ve had in Arizona. It was really good! As written I am sure it is tasty as well!! So glad I stumbled upon this to do a mole inspired sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2018
I just have to say THANK YOU!!! This is the first time I have ever taken the time to write a comment on a recipe board. Mole sauce is one of my absolute favourite things in the world. And even thou I am a chef by trade I very seldom ever make it due to the long long labour of love the true authentic recipe takes. So when I stumbled upon this recipe I thought what the heck I ll give it a try! OMG... so very very happy I did! Absolutely divine!!! I tried really hard to not stray from your direct recipe as I really wanted to see if it would taste close to authentic. However I did substitute a couple things as I didn t have everything on hand. Instead of cinnamon I used all spice and instead of chocolate chips I used 4 tbsp cacao powder and 1 tbsp coconut sugar. I also added 1/2 cup of coffee. I made the sauce an hour before adding the chicken cause the hubby wasn t going to be home for dinner for a bit. The results were spectacular! With my training I have such a hard time keeping things simple as I want all the complexity of gourmet flavour profiles yet time simply doesn t always permit for that so a deep gratitude I send your way for helping me find all the wonders of authentic flavour in an easy simple and time efficient fashion. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves mole sauce. It really is beyond yummy good!?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
Simple as can be and delicious! I goofed and put in 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips (didn't read the measuring cup). For as simple as this recipe is it will become a staple alongside an avocado/tomato salad.. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2017
I never had mole but my fiance loves it. So i found this recipe and made it to surprise him. To my surprise he loved it and said it tasted just like how his mom made it. I followed the recipe but added about 1 tbsp of brown sugar. I guess he'll be expecting me to make it more often. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2015
Very convincing! This is an excellent cheaters mole. Made minor adjustments - more or less of the listed ingredients to my taste and threw in some salsa tatemada for depth of flavor and additional heat. Let it go low and slow for a half hour. Home run! Well done E.W.! Pros: Easy quick full of flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2014
Wonderful and easy! My first time making mole sauce. I usually just order it at restaurants. I love the idea of adding peanut butter. It gives it a wonderful taste. I used cocoa powder and a little brown sugar. I like that you can make this to your liking (some like it a little sweet some like it bitter). I like a nice balance. I also used less chili powder but just keep sampling as you add ingredients and you'll find your preferred taste. I also added a bit more cinnamon. I don't need to look for another mole sauce recipe. This one is quick and easy. Thank you! Pros: Easy quick tastes like you spent hours preparing Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2013
I have made this dish for my friends and family many times and it is a huge hit!! Even some that think they are Mole experts love it. It's a little embarrassing to share how easy it is. The only thing that I did differently was double the sauce because everyone loves the sauce and it's good for leftovers. I tried it with chicken breast and it is very good but found that using skinless boneless thighs are much better. It is absolutely a keeper! Thanks to whoever shared it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2012
Muy sabroso. Very good. Used ancho powder for nice flavor. Liked the almond butter touch. Definitely a keeper for repeating. Pros: Great to have a quick version. Cons: None. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2012
Excellent change of taste My husband and I loved the rich flavor of this but my 15-year-old son (who's a picky eater) did not. It is great over brown rice and I served it with calabacitas (like the picture). I didn't make any significant changes to the recipe nor will I. Pros: Tasty Easy to Make most items on-hand Cons: Not for picky eaters Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2012
DELICIOUS!!! This was sooooo good and is wonderful served over some brown rice. Will try with corn salad on the side. Good idea thanks:o) Pros: quick & easy to make-easy to find ingredients Cons: chicken needs to cook longer Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! I doubled the sauce and used 6 thighs and 3 skinless chicken breasts cut in half to approximate the size of the thighs. I served it over brown rice with a side of corn and green beans (very colorful plate!). This was a quick and delicious mole I will be making this again! Pros: easy preparation common ingredients very tasty Cons: n/a Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious and Quick Mole is my absolute fav Mexican dish ever but I have never attempted to make it myself. This was super quick and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand a plus on a busy weeknight I used 1 Tbsp of Ancho chili powder which made the Mole super spicy (which I love but the bf couldn't eat) so next time I will use half the chili powder. Also I used Dark Choc chips b/c that was all I had...still tasted great. Pros: Easy to make can vary the recipe to make more easily Cons: n/a Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
delicious easy maybe not so quick We've made this twice now. Both times it has been easy to do and the mole sauce is delicious. The one problem we've come across is that the chicken doesn't cook as fast as the recipe suggests meaning we've had to leave it in the mole sauce longer for cooking. (It could be an issue with our pan our stove etc.) We've been using a meat thermometer to measure the temperature and the chicken just doesn't heat up quickly. Read More