Saturday Recipe: Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Oct 17 2009 Published by under Recipes

I forgot to take a picture of this dish - so Physioprof, shut up 🙂

I don't even pretend that this is an authentic mexican mole. It's
something that I whipped together because I felt like a mole, and
I worked from very vague memories of a mole recipe I read years ago,
and ad-libbed this. So it's absolutely not authentic - but it is
yummy.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, bone in.
  • One large onion, diced.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinammon powder.
  • 1 teaspoon mexican oregano.
  • 1/2 teaspoon epazote.
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely minced.
  • 1 large dried ancho chili pepper.
  • 1 dried serrano chile pepper.
  • One can diced tomatoes.
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped.
  • 1/4 cup tequila.
  • 1 dozen corn tortillas, lightly toasted.
  • 1 tablespoon whole almonds.
  • chicken stock.
  • Cheese. (I use cheddar; you should use a mexican queso blanco,
    but I don't have access to a decent one.)

Instructions

  1. Put a pan on high heat. When it's good and hot, start
    adding chicken thighs, skin side down, to the dry
    pan. (You're going to get fat from the chicken skin.)
    Brown them well on both sides, then remove.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, and add the onions to the pan with
    the chicken fat. Stir, and let them cook for several minutes until
    they're translucent.
  3. Take the dried peppers, remove the seeds, and crush/chop them
    finely. (Depending on the peppers, they may be brittle, in which case
    you'll need to just crush them in a mortar and pestle; or they may be
    leathery, in which case you'll need to mince them.)
  4. Add the garlic, chipotle, and dried chilis to the onions, and
    let them cook for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tequila, and let it cook until most of the
    liquid has evaporated.
  6. Add the can of tomatoes, the cumin, the cinammon, and the coriander.
    Stir it to mix, and then re-add the chicken. Add chicken stock until
    the the chicken is covered.
  7. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat, and remove the chicken from the sauce. Set it
    aside and let it cool.
  9. In small portions, move the sauce to a blender, and puree it to
    a smooth sauce.
  10. Put the pureed sauce back into the pan, and turn the heat on low. Let
    it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  11. Pull the chicken meat from the thighs, and shred it. Move it into
    another pan. Add a couple of tablespoons of the sauce, a cup
    of chicken stock, and simmer it for half an hour.
  12. Shred one half of a corn tortilla, and the almonds into
    the blender. Add just enough chicken stock to cover them,
    and puree until smooth.
  13. Add the pureed tortilla and almonds into the sauce, and stir
    them in. Let it cook until the sauce starts to thicken.
  14. Lower the heat on the sauce to low. Add the chocolate to the sauce, and
    stir until it's melted and well-blended in.
  15. Taste the sauce, and add salt, black pepper, and sugar to taste.
  16. Toast the tortillas lightly until they're softened.
  17. Into each tortilla, spoon a couple of teaspoons of the shredded
    chicken, roll it, and then put it into a baking dish.
  18. Spoon the sauce over the fill tortillas. Don't overdo it - you want
    them nicely coated, but not drowned.
  19. Shred cheese over the top of the sauce.
  20. Bake the casserole with the tortillas for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve it with a nice mexican rice and beans.

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6 responses so far

  • Sounds tasty! But you do totally suck ass for not taking a picture.

  • What an odd reaction!
    Most people, when they feel like a mole, just burrow.

  • Rodrigo says:

    I'm gonna rant a bit in here just because I have nothing better to do 😛
    What's with everyone's obsession with tequila on Mexican food? Do you also pour whiskey on your Scottish recipies?
    And now, with that off my chest, and given that there are about as many variations on mole as there are cooks in Mexico, I will say this one looks as tasty as any other I've seen. You have a good memory, it seems.
    The baking at the end might make it a little drier than it should be, so I'd play with that, and I love to top enchiladas with sour cream (but then, I love to top pretty much anything with sour cream) and a few thin slices of onion.
    ¡Provecho!

  • Mark C. Chu-Carroll says:

    What's with my putting tequila in mexican food? I *love* the flavor of tequila, and I think that it really improves the flavor of many things, especially chicken.
    I know that lots of people would top it with sour cream - but I hate sour cream. Can't stand the stuff.

  • Rodrigo: Since I live in Scotland, I can assure you that nobody pours whiskey in their Scottish recipes. Whisky [sic] they may pour, but whiskey... never!
    In any case, I actually do! Here's my favourite way to bake salmon:
    1. Pour whisky [sic] on it. Preferably, single malt, of the peaty, smokey type (e.g. Laphroaig or Ardbeg).
    2. Sprinkle some sea salt flakes.
    3. Sprinkle some green tea leaves on top.
    Grill it (I mean "broil" in American English) a bit, and voila!

  • Hilly says:

    Thanks, I made this last night and it was yummy, I must admit I drank more of the Tequila than I put in the Mole but that's the cooks bonus right 🙂

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