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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chocolate Chicken Mole ♥

  Hope everyone had a safe and great weekend. I used my favorite sponsored brand Hershey's™  special Dark Cocoa Powder in last night's recipe. I decided to make something savory and sweet, so I made chocolate chicken mole. Here is my recipe enjoy! ♥


4 large dried ancho chiles
12 raw almonds
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 tablespoons raw cashews
¼ cup coconut oil
1 small white onion, diced
4 roma tomatoes
1 15 oz can whole tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chicken broth, organic
2 Tbsp Hershey's™ Special Dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey or coconut palm sugar (depends on desired sweetness)
Two 3 pound chickens, quartered 
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions ♥

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place chiles on a baking sheet and toast for 5-10 minutes, being sure not to burn them. Remove and let cool, then stem seed and devein chiles before slicing into thin pieces.

Heat a large skillet over low heat and toast almonds, pumpkin seeds and cashews lightly. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Return large skillet and melt coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add chiles ,onion, tomatoes, canned tomato, garlic, oregano, cumin, pepper, and cinnamon.  Add in the nuts and mix well.  Saute until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of chicken stock and simmer until chiles are tender, about 15 minutes.  Working in batches, puree the mixture in blender then return to the skillet. Simmer the blended paste gently over medium low heat till rawness of onion and garlic goes away; then add the cocoa powder, stir well and continue simmering till the sauce is fairly thick. Season with salt and pepper.  This can be made up to two days in advance!

To make chicken, preheat oven to 350 F and season quartered chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Place in a large, shallow baking dish, pour mole sauce over chicken to cover liberally. Bake for 1 hour or until meat thermometer registers 165 F.Garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy! ♥

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