Friday, February 7, 2014

Holy Mole'

What I have found in cooking is that generally you can either save money or you can save time. The perfect recipe saves you both. Or has options to save you both.

For this amazing Chicken Mole recipe, the time saving option uses a rotisserie chicken. The money saving option allows you to feed more people at the same price or lower, with fresh chicken thighs.

So, it really is your choice. What is tighter or time? Either option in this recipe gives you a fantastic dinner.

Chicken Mole is a Mexican-esque dish that melds the flavors of  raisins, cinnamon, chocolate and chili powder in a rich brown sauce. I am not a fan of raisins in anything but granola and oatmeal, yet I really enjoyed this dish. I almost left the raisins out, but I decided to give the recipe a whirl the way it was written. I am so glad I did!

The cherry on top of this dish is serving it with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Both flavors make the other flavors pop. It's great!
so, I am not stealing photos...both She Plans Dinner and Barefoot Hippie Girl belong to me...=)
Chicken Mole
Money Saving...8-10 Chicken Thighs, washed, skinned and lightly salted and peppered
Time Savings...1 Rotisserie Chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2-1/2 cup chicken broth
2 T creamy peanut butter
2 T tomato paste
1/2 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
lime wedges

For Money Savings Option:
-First, heat olive oil on high in a large skillet. Brown all sides of chicken. (about 10 minutes total) Place chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker lightly cooked with cooking spray. Discard all but 1 T of the pan drippings.

For both Options:
-Heat pan drippings or oil on medium high in a large skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring until softened (5 minutes). Add garlic, chili powder, cocoa and cinnamon to skillet and cook, stirring 1 minute. Stir in broth, tomato paste and peanut butter. Heat to boiling.

At this point:
-For money saving option, pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker, and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8-9 hours. Add raisins in the last 15 minutes of cooking.

-For time saving option, add raisins and chicken to the sauce. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through to coat all sides with sauce.

-Serve both options over rice topped with cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Both ways are amazing! I have tried both. Which will you try this week?