Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pan-Seared Chicken with Spiced Mole Sauce


Mole (mo-lay) sauce is a traditional Mexican sauce that can be prepared in many different ways, but most mole's contain spice from chili peppers and a little dark chocolate. This savory version is a quick and easy way to make this rich, dark, and delicious sauce perfect for use on chicken, fish, and vegetables, as well as other savory dishes that are your family's favorites.


- 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder, divided
- 1 Tbs chili powder 
- 1 garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups water, divided
- 1 1/2 Tbs Creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1 Tbs corn starch

Heat 1 Tbs olive oil over medium to high heat. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until a golden brown on both sides but partially cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes. (Chicken will finish cooking with mole sauce later). Remove chicken to a plate. Heat remaining 1 Tbs olive oil in same skillet over medium heat. Add the chili powder, garlic, and remaining 1/2 tsp. five-spice, and stir for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup water and stir to combine. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, and cocoa powder; and whisk until combined. Add remaining cup of water and bring to a simmer. Sprinkle in corn starch and whisk until mole starts to thicken. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook until chicken is cooked through, flipping occasionally. Serve the chicken and mole sauce with your favorite side dish and enjoy! For a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

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