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.

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

3 oz. chicken, 1/2 cup sauce & 2 tortillas
460 calories; protein 34.9g; carbohydrates 35.1g; dietary fiber 7.3g; sugars 5.9g; fat 20.2g; saturated fat 4.3g; cholesterol 100.4mg; vitamin a iu 1737.5IU; vitamin c 4.4mg; folate 25.4mcg; calcium 144.4mg; iron 4.4mg; magnesium 113.2mg; potassium 713.7mg; sodium 495.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 2g.

1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat