Chicken Mole

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 55mins
  • Serves icon
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Chicken in a richly spiced sauce with a hint of dark chocolate. Serve with rice or warmed tortillas.

recipe updated Apr 30, 2020


  • Whole chicken icon
    Whole chicken
  • Onion icon
    1 (140g)
  • Green bell pepper icon
    Green bell pepper
    1 (150g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Dark chocolate icon
    Dark chocolate
    15g (about 1½ tbsp)
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Allspice icon
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Chili powder icon
    Chili powder
    1 tsp (3g)
  • Canned chopped tomatoes icon
    Canned chopped tomatoes
    200g (about ¾ cup)
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
    300ml (300ml)
  • Flour tortilla icon
    Flour tortilla
    25g (about ½)
  • Blanched almonds icon
    Blanched almonds
    40g (about 3¾ tbsp)
  • Sesame seeds icon
    Sesame seeds
    2 tsp (5g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Cilantro icon
    as needed


  • kCook icon Food processor
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Plate
  • kCook icon Dutch oven
  • kCook icon Food processor bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 180°C
  2. Add vegetable oil to a clean Dutch oven
  3. Heat - high heat
  4. Add whole chicken to the Dutch oven
  5. Sear evenly until light golden - high heat
  6. Transfer content of Dutch oven to plate then set aside
  7. Add onion and green bell pepper to the Dutch oven
  8. Fry gently until softened - 4 min
  9. Add allspice, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, chili powder and garlic clove to the Dutch oven
  10. Fry while stirring occasionally - approx 1 min
  11. Add canned chopped tomatoes and chicken stock to the Dutch oven
  12. Heat until boiling
  13. Transfer chicken to Dutch oven and cover
  14. Cook - 45 min, 180°C
  15. Add flour tortilla, blanched almonds and sesame seeds to a clean food processor bowl
  16. Blend until fine
  17. Pour chicken stock into the mixture
  18. Blend until smooth
  19. Transfer mixture to Dutch oven
  20. Add dark chocolate to the Dutch oven
  21. Stir
  22. Cook until tender - 30 min, 180°C
  23. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  24. Garnish with cilantro
  25. Serve
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