Chocolate Chicken Mole is a tantalizing combination of pan fried chicken topped with a concoction of Mole sauce served with Mexican rice on the side. This is absolutely a guilt free dish, full of exotic flavors lingering in your palate and seductive to the taste buds. The browned saucy chocolaty mole sauce drizzled over the pan fried chicken looks very alluring and appealing to the eyes.
A piece of pan fried chicken dipped in mole sauce and eaten will just blow your taste buds with an explosion of exotic and enticing flavors running through your palate grabbing for more to eat. This combo goes well with Mexican rice on the side to complement with each other. Chocolate Chicken Mole is a very popular Mexican dish that can be prepared in countless regional variations.
Mole meaning mixture or concoction is a traditional Mexican sauce made from a variety of local ingredients. It is traditionally made using powdered chillies or red chilli paste, cinnamon, smoked paprika, tomato and a hint of dark chocolate to make a deep, decadent sauce with a light heat, smokiness and velvety finish. This sauce is a very popular dish at celebrations. The dark chocolate adds striking color while the spices add richness to the Mole sauce.
Moles are great sauces of Mexico that are richly spiced and complex. They can be green, yellow or red but most familiar is the one made with the seductive addition of dark chocolate. Mole is said to be the signature sauce of Mexico, particularly a delicious example of this trend and style. This recipe is a simplified version of the tradition Mole. Mexican chocolate adds an intriguing complexity to the smoky, savory sauce.
Mole preparation begins with at least one or more type of chili peppers. The addition of red chilli paste, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon add up to that extra zest to the sauce. Chocolate should be added at the end of the cooking. The key element of this yummy sauce can be grouped into the different taste senses that includes: chillies (spice, hot), sour (tomatoes), sweet (raisins, fennel seeds) and other flavoring spices. All spices/ ingredients are roasted and ground into a fine powder or paste which elevates the flavors and aroma, hence making mole sauce a strong flavor especially the dark one and is considered to be an acquired taste for most.
How to prepare Chocolate Chicken Mole:
- Chicken - 1000 gms
- Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon sticks - 2 nos
- Cloves - 3 nos
- All spice - ½ tsp
- Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
- Almonds - 6 nos
- Raisins - 8 nos
- Garlic, chopped - 4 nos
- Onions, chopped - 2 nos
- Oregano - ½ tsp
- Tomatoes - 6 nos
- Chicken stock - 1 cup
- Salt - to taste
- Red chilli paste - 2 tbsp
- Olive oil - 2 tbsp
- Chocolate, melted - ½ cup
- Marinate chicken with chilli powder, salt and pan fry them until chicken is tender.
- Cut tomatoes into two halves and char on a griddle until they become soft.
- In a pan, dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, all spice, fennel seeds, almonds, raisins, garlic, onions and cook well.
- Add little oil, oregano, roasted tomatoes, chicken stock and salt. Mix all the ingredients well.
- Allow this to cool down and put them in the blender and make a smooth paste.
- Heat olive oil in the same pan and add red chilli paste. Cook for a minute and add the masala paste. Cook this mixture for some time over slow fire.
- Add melted bitter chocolate, salt and stir well. Allowing cooking for few minutes.
- Remove and pour the sauce on the chicken pieces.
- Serve with Mexican rice on the side.
Mole is one of the most representative dishes of Mexico, especially for major celebrations especially Weddings. Many families have their own varieties of mole passed down for generations, with their preparation reserved for special events in large batches. This is a fantastic dish that you all must give it a try and enjoys its awe-inspiring taste. There are a wide range of variations that can be given in making a chicken dish subtle, delicate and seductive magic of flavours to delight the taste buds.
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