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Molé Poblano with Chicken

Molé Poblano with ChickenMolé (pronounced MO-lay) is smooth sauce made of onion, garlic, chiles, ground seeds, and a small amount of chocolate. This version of a Mexican favorite is from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breast halves, bone-in and skin on
1 yellow onion, medium size, finely diced (about 1 cup)
1 green bell pepper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon anise seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tomatoes, medium size, chopped
1 cup chicken broth, plus more as needed
3 tablespoons almond or peanut butter
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm oil. Place chicken in Dutch oven and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add onion to the hot pan and stir to brown slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, almonds and garlic; sauté until aromatic, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add chili powder, ginger, thyme, anise seed and cinnamon. Sauté until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes.
  6. Pour in 1 cup chicken broth and stir to deglaze pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of pan.
  7. Whisk in almond or peanut butter, return chicken and any juices to pan. Bring to a boil. Cover pan and transfer to hot oven. Braise chicken until tender, about 1 hour. Add a little chicken broth as needed throughout cooking time to keep level constant.
  8. Remove pot from oven. Remove chicken from pot; cover to keep warm.
  9. Add chocolate to sauce, stirring to melt. Add salt and pepper.
  10. Return chicken to sauce in pot and turn to coat evenly. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat to warm chicken throughout.
  11. Remove chicken to serving platter; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.