Chicken mole poblano

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A few weeks ago, I found a truly wonderful little cookbook, bursting with 365 mouth-watering recipes ― one for every day of the year. After flicking through its many pages to see which culinary concoctions would inspire severe hunger pangs, I honed in on the rich dish proffered for Bonfire Night: chicken mole poblano. I had never ever HEARD of chicken mole poblano before, but the picture made it look incredible, and the presence of peanut butter and dark chocolate in the ingredients list made it irresistible.

To make chicken mole poblano, you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 tbsp chopped or flaked almonds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 350 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 25g/1oz grated plain chocolate, plus extra to garnish
  • Salt and pepper

To make the magic happen:

  1. After heating your oil in a large frying pan, add your chicken breasts and brown on all sides before removing with a slotted spoon and setting aside
  2. In the same pan, add the chopped onion, garlic and chilli and fry for around 5 minutes
  3. Once softened, throw in your sesame seeds, almonds and spices and cook for about 2 minutes, followed by your tomatoes, raisins, stock, peanut butter and chocolate
  4. Stir well, season, and leave to simmer for 5 minutes
  5. After 5 minutes, transfer the mixture to a food processor and blitz until smooth, then return to the pan
  6. Add the browned chicken breasts to the sauce and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down, cover, and leave to simmer for one hour. Use a skewer to check that the chicken is cooked all the way through
  7. Garnish with a few of the toasted sesame seeds and grated chocolate, and serve with a plate full of noodles in peanut sauce

Enjoy with a refreshing glass of white wine, or a crisp Thai or Chinese beer.

Love Emma xx

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