Quick Chicken Mole
- 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained and squeezed dry
- 1 small white onion, chopped coarsely
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil divided
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup hot brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 4 teaspoons ancho chili powder
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 can chipotle chili
- 4 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) lightly roasted
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat and cut into think slices
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Sour cream
- Flour or corn tortillas
- Adjust your oven’s broiling pan to within 5 inches of the broiler flame or element. On a baking sheet, toss together tomatoes, onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper. Broil the mixture, stirring often, until it’s browned and even blackened in some spots and the tomatoes are dried out and withered, about 8 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the coffee, raising, ancho powder, cocoa and allspice and allow this to sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Add in the broiled tomato mixture to the blender as well as the chipotle chili, brown sugar, pepitas, chicken broth and 2 more tablespoons of the oil. Blend this on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and thick, add in a little more salt and pepper to taste if you like.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large skillet, set over high heat, until smoking. Spread the chicken out in the heated pan in a single layer and do not stir, heating until that side is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir and cook until the chicken is uniformly white and browned in spots, about 4 more minutes. Stir in the mole sauced, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened considerably, about 8 to 10 minutes.