Mexican Mole Chicken

Mexican Mole Chicken

The dark mole sauce is made with several chili peppers, nuts, and chocolate. It is such a fabulous combination. Think of a chocolate bar with nuts and chili flavor. Preparing the mole sauce is usually labor-intensive and time-consuming.
This recipe is a delicious shortcut with three important ingredients: ancho chili, pasilla chili, and raw cacao. Unlike the common roasted cocoa, cacao is pure chocolate and higher in minerals.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3



  • 1.25 lbs chicken thighs or breast cut into bite size pieces

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup peas and diced carrots frozen**


  • 4 tbsp butter

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup almond*** butter raw, unsalted
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sugar brown recommended
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt & pepper

Mole Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Cacao, oregano, cinnamon
  • Pouch [2] Ancho chili, pasilla chili


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • sour cream
  • tortillas for variation



  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.


  • In a POT, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium-low heat.
  • Cook onions until they turn slightly brown. Stir occasionally.
  • Add garlic. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, vinegar, nut butter, tomato paste, sugar, and Mole [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook 10 minutes over low heat.
  • Add Mole [2] spices to taste. Mix well.
  • Cook 30 minutes over low heat.
  • Stir occasionally.


  • In a SMALL POT, cook peas & carrots in 2 tbsp butter 5 minutes** over low heat.
  • Add salt to taste. Add the cooked rice. Mix well.


  • Serve mole chicken with rice.


  • Alternatively, serve mole sauce as enmoladas****.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with sour cream. Enjoy!


Notes/ Variations
* Substitute chicken with any ground meat or with  2 cans beans with our online recipe.
** If you prefer fresh vegetables, cook them longer with a little added water.
*** Substitute with hazelnut or cashew butter.
**** Alternative: Reheat tortillas. Fill them with the chicken. Roll them up. Pour mole sauce on top.