Chicken in Spicy Chocolate Sauce

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    Chicken cooked in a mix of spices and a little dark chocolate is a wonderful Mexican dish known as Mole Poblano. Most mole recipes requires hours of preparation; this microwave version is for those with less time for cooking!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 6 black peppercorns
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup (250ml) passata or tomato puree
    • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
    • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 3 tablespoons chilli flakes
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 1/2 cup (60g) slivered almonds
    • 1 slice white bread, torn into pieces
    • 40g dark chocolate, grated
    • One 2kg whole chicken, cut into pieces

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Place butter, onion and garlic in a 3 litre microwave safe casserole dish. Cover and microwave on low for 2 to 3 minutes, or until butter is melted and onion is starting to soften.
    2. Mix in the bay leaf, peppercorns, cloves, passata or tomato puree, chicken stock, fennel seeds, cinnamon, sugar, chilli flakes, sesame seeds, almonds and bread. Cover and microwave on high for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in chocolate until it is melted then add chicken pieces, coating each piece with the sauce. Cover and microwave on high for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear (meat will be starting to fall away from the bone). Note: While cooking chicken, rearrange pieces after 10 and 20 minutes to ensure even cooking.

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     -  21 May 2012


    The first time we made this it was pretty good, but subsequent times, we did not like it. My husband and I LOVE mole, but this recipe just doesn't cut it. We will have to keep looking for a winner. A big plus though is how quick this recipe is.  -  27 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    !Que bueno! My husband is a huge fan of mole. I've tried several recipes, but none were a hit with him or compared with restaurant moles. He LOVES this recipe. The only changes I would make next time would be to cut the amount of almonds in half and 1 less TBS of chili pepper flakes. I baked the chicken with the sauce (instead of doing it in the microwave) and served it over sticky white rice. This is a huge time saver from the recipes that take hours to prepare...and we like the taste of this one MUCH better. Thank you!!  -  21 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)