Chicken mole – streamlined

Mole finalI am a busy woman and although I like cooking, there are some recipes that I would not even consider making due to the time and effort involved. The Mexican sauce mole (mo-lay) was always one of those recipes.  I have a wonderful Mexican friend who made mole sauce for me once and it was so good. Mole traditionally involves various chillies, tortillas, a range of spices, nuts and seeds, lard and mexican chocolate! Not only is it labour intensive but I would not exactly consider it healthy, and I am all about simple, healthy food. So last night I scoured the internet looking at recipes for mole trying to come up with a simple, healthier version using ingredients that I had available. This is what I came up with. While this version of mole is not as rich as a more traditional version, it is still quite tasty and contains less processed ingredients and calories. I cooked chicken breast in this sauce and served it with spinach and kidney beans on the side for a complete meal with protein, vegetables, fibre, sufficient carbohydrates and some fat.

Chicken Mole – streamlined


2 chicken breasts, cubed

Mole sauce

1 vegetable stock cube

¼ cup walnuts

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon chilli powder

¼ teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Sprinkle of all spice

1 can crushed tomatoes

¼ cup reduced fat coconut cream

½ cup water

1/3 cup cocoa

¼ cup prunes

MethodMole 2

  • In a dry pan, begin roasting the walnuts. As they are starting to brown, add the sesame seeds and continue roasting until both the seeds and nuts are lightly browned. Add the nuts and seeds to a food processor.
  • In the same pan, crumble the vegetable stock cube into ½ cup water and cook the onion and garlic until softened. Stir in the spices and cook for a further minute or two. Add the cooked onion, garlic and spices to the food processor with the nuts and seeds. Add the remaining mole ingredients and process until a fairly smooth consistency is achieved. Some lumps are fine.Mole 4Mole 3
  • Using the same pan, cook the chicken in a small amount of olive oil.
  • Turn down the heat and add the majority of the mole sauce to the pan (I saved about half a cup of sauce). Simmer the chicken in the sauce for about 15 minutes stirring as necessary.
  • Serve the chicken with some spinach (I used frozen spinach) and kidney beans on the side seasoned with salt and pepper.Mole 5

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