Friday, May 25, 2012

Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole

If you are familiar with mole (MOH-lay) you know that it is a Mexican term used for the many sauces in Mexican cuisine, that include chile peppers, nuts, a blend of spices (cumin, cinnamon), something sweet like raisins or other dried fruit, and a hint of chocolate.  Mole requires a long gentle cooking, so it is perfect for the slow-cooker.

This version is a less complex, but an equally delicious mole sauce that can easily be put together. I placed all the ingredients (except the cilantro) in the blender, whirled it around until it was thick and well blended, and poured it over the chicken thighs and slow-cooked all day.



A perfect weeknight meal that can be started in the morning and ready by dinner time. 


Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole
Serves 6
Recipe from Food Everyday


Ingredients:
4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 12)
coarse salt
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed
1 large chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup raisins
3-ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
fresh cilantro leaves, for serving

Directions:
Season chicken thighs with salt and place in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker.  In a blender, puree tomatoes, onion, ancho and chipotle chiles, almonds, raisins, chocolate, garlic, oil, cumin, and cinnamon until smooth.  Add tomato mixture to slow cooker, cover and cook on high until chicken is tender, 4 hours (or 8hours on low).  Serve chicken and sauce topped with cilantro.

Note: Sauce can be used for enchiladas too.

Enjoy!

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39 comments:

Pierce said...

The slow cooker will be used more here this summer - less heat in the kitchen. I like the idea of using the blender to mix it up. Great meal, Velva!

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

What a great meal to cook in the heat of the summer. Easy to assemble and it cooks in the crockpot instead of heating up your whole kitchen with the oven. Looks delicious!

tasteofbeirut said...

Great recipe! I love mole but was discouraged from trying to make it, thinking it was going to take days of prepping! This version (with chocolate , yum) is close to the authentic one and certainly a lot easier!

Rambling Tart said...

I can't wait to try this, Velva!! I'm in a serious Slow Cooker fan club at the moment. :-) These chilly winter days are perfect for such things. :-)

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I have to try your chicken mole. I make a green version but have not had a red one before...it looks delicious.

Michelle said...

I was thinking about how wonderful this must smell while I was reading! Looks delicious too!

Claudia said...

Saving this! I am still in great need of dishes I can make early and forget about. Loving the flavors and the ease.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is a great addition to the slow cooker repertoire! Chocolate is a pretty amazing secret ingredient!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

What a great idea for the slow cooker!! I've made mole the traditional way, what mess! Doing it in the crock pot is a great idea. I can't wait to try this one it sounds delicious!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Now that's my kind of mole! And I bet cooking it in a crockpot makes it even better. This is a winner Velva. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

I've never tried mole although I've always been intrigued by it. What a perfect recipe for the slow cooker, one of my gadgets I don't use nearly enough!

Angie's Recipes said...

Love mole, love Mexican cuisine! This looks mouthwatering!

All Things Yummy said...

I love dishes that I can prepare in my slow cooker. Saves so much time when I get home from work.

Alida said...

I have never had this but I must say it looks superb. Your blog is very neat and professional looking. I am a happy follower now!

Julie said...

I love mole and mole in the slow cooker, even better! We'll be trying this one soon!

Just Cake Girl said...

Interesting!! :))

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Much as I love Mexican food, I don't believe I've ever had mole. It looks divine.

Have a wonderful weekend Velva.
Sam

Maureen Brady Johnson said...

I am going to make this next week!!! It sounds so interesting...marrying flavors that are distinct.
I am looking forward to tasting it all!

Maureen Brady Johnson said...

I am going to make this next week!!! It sounds so interesting...marrying flavors that are distinct.
I am looking forward to tasting it all!

Lyndsey said...

It is always good to have an quick mole sauce recipe! I have to make this! I was thrilled when I found a carton of "ready to serve" Dona Maria mole. This is way better! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

We have one local restaurant that serves several varieties of delicious mole sauces but I've never attempted to make them myself. This sounds easy and delicious!

That Girl said...

You're so right. The slow cooker is perfect for a mole.

Kim said...

I tried a quick stovetop version of mole once and wasn't super crazy for it. I think I definitely need to give mole a second chance and cook it low and slow this time around. Sure does look delicious! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Velva!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never tried to make this but maybe with your recipe I will try! Sounds wonderful! Enjoy your weekend and happy cooking!

Debby Foodiewife said...

I recently made my first mole. I was scared of the chocolate, but it turned out to be fantastic. It's a lot of ingredients, but I'll get that the slow cooker made this much easier to do. Looks delicious.
Debby, "A Feast for the Eyes"

Martha said...

I'm definitely going to try this!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

This might be my first time hearing "mole" recipe. Looks so delicious~~~! I definitely need a slow cooker before fall/winter comes. =)

Dining Alone said...

I love mole, but have never tried to make my own, I need to give this a whirl!!

Chris said...

I think the flavors of mole are out of this world. Maybe I could simmer this and then serve over grilled chicken!

Hungry Dog said...

Fantastic! All I need is a slow cooker...

Chris said...

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Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I love this recipe - I've never cooked "mole" before but this has inspired me - thanks!
Mary x

Barbara said...

What a great recipe, Velva. I regret more and more than I gave my slow cooker to my DIL!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I've never had mole but you are making me want to try it.

Barbara F. said...

I want to say "Ole" to this mole! I want to try this. Thanks for stopping by. xo

Katerina said...

There are no slow cookers in Greece but I am sure I can find a way to cook this beautiful meal Velva, even without them. Looks mouthwatering!

Rita said...

Love using my slow cooker in the summer and this recipe sure looks wonderful.
Rita

Jenn Kendall said...

awesome idea for the slow cooker (an underutilized appliance in our home)!

Magic of Spice said...

Great slow cooker meal, the sauce looks wonderful!

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