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Sweet and Zesty Chicken Molé

Sweet and Zesty Chicken MoléThis exceptional, and easy version of Mexican molé is a savory blend of chocolate, red bell peppers, taco sauce, salsa, almonds and a hint of cinnamon for the perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors.

This recipe was a finalist in the 2002 Ortega® “Create a Fiesta, Win a Siesta!” Contest, this dish was submitted by Loanne Chiu of Fort Worth, Texas. Visitor Comment: Martin B. from Hudderfield, Yorkshire, England rated this recipe 5 stars: "One Word!! I have one word to say about this: "mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm" Nothing more needs to be said as you will find out. This has definitely made an addition into my travel cookbook."

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons seasoned salt - divided use
12 (about 4 pounds) chicken thighs, skinless
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 bottle ORTEGA Thick & Smooth Taco Sauce - Mild
1 cup ORTEGA Salsa - Homestyle Recipe (Mild)
1 cup NESTLÉ NESQUIK Refrigerated Ready-to-Drink Chocolate Milk
1/2 cup ground almonds, toasted
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
Romaine lettuce leaves for garnish (optional)
Cooked rice for accompaniment (optional)
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt in shallow dish. Coat chicken with flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook, turning frequently, until golden brown on all sides. Combine taco sauce, salsa, chocolate milk, almonds, raisins, cinnamon and remaining seasoned salt in ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Place chicken in sauce; spoon sauce over chicken.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes; top with red pepper. Continue baking for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink near bone.
  4. Line large serving platter with lettuce. Mound rice in center of platter; place chicken and sauce around rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and, used with permission.