PAM Cooking Spray sponsored this blog post. The opinions and recipe are all mine.
As many people may know, Chicken in Mole Sauce is one of the top dishes that represent our gastronomy not just in Mexico but on the global culinary stage, as well. The original recipe includes a long list of ingredients that frightens many novice cooks. But don’t worry, I love mole and it is a favorite here at home when we celebrate a birthday or holiday. I’m sure everyone will love this version, too, especially if you’ve never prepared mole before and want to start off with a less complicated version. This recipe allows you to slowly add the other ingredients that are a part of the traditional recipe of Mole Poblano.
One thing that many people worry about when making a meal like this is the amount of time needed to cook it (and to clean up afterwards). Well, as old I am, I only recently found a little trick to use to make the process less messy. When roasting the tomatoes on the comal/griddle, I slightly spray some PAM Cooking Spray over the griddle and voila, you have a quick and painless clean up! Since I found this trick, I have less trouble cleaning the comal/griddle (even though it’s a non-stick pan, I used to always have messy residue). I know a lot of people use it for baking and grilling, but I’ve realized that I’ve been using PAM Cooking Spray for several other uses. For example, while you have your yeast bread rising, spray the plastic wrap with PAM Cooking Spray when you cover the dough to avoid it from sticking. You can also spray it on gelatin molds; it makes your gelatin come out nice and easy. Who knew, right?
FOR THE CHICKEN:
- 4 Bone-in Chicken thighs and legs
- ¼ white onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 celery stick, cut in pieces
- 1 small parsley branch
- Enough water to cook the chicken
FOR THE MOLE SAUCE:
- 4 pasilla peppers, cleaned and deveined.
- PAM Cooking Spray
- 2 plum tomatoes
- ¼ white onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup chicken broth (where you cooked the chicken).
- 1 Mexican chocolate tablet (3 ¼ ounces)
- Salt and pepper to season
This is not a thick sauce. You can add a slice of bread in step 4 to the sauce to get a thicker consistency if you want.
1. Place the chicken, onion, and garlic clove in a stockpot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil on medium high heat, (about 5-6 minutes) skimming off the foam that forms on the surface with a spoon. Reduce heat and add the celery and the parsley branch. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
2. While the chicken is cooking, slightly toast the peppers on a warm griddle, turning frequently to avoid them burning and having a bitter taste. This step will take seconds. Place in bowl and cover them with warm water to soak after roasting for 15 minutes (or until softened).
3. Now, slightly spray your griddle with PAM Cooking Spray and place the tomato, onion and garlic to roast. Roast the tomatoes, onion and garlic, turning frequently, until brown spots form all over them.
4. Discard the soaking water of the pasilla peppers and place them into a blender with the roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, and one cup of chicken broth. Process until you have a very smooth sauce.
5. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet at medium high heat and then carefully pour in the sauce. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, maybe you’ll need to pour the sauce using a strainer. If needed add more chicken broth to the sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to boil, reduce heat to simmer and add the Mexican Chocolate tablet to dissolve. Stir to avoid the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.
6. Remove chicken from the pot to slightly cool and discard parsley, onion, garlic and celery from the broth. Add the chicken to the simmering sauce, season with salt and pepper, and keep simmering for another 5 - 8 minutes to allow all the flavors to combine.
Serve this delicious stew with white rice and corn tortillas.
“PAM Cooking Spray leaves *99% less residue than margarine or bargain-brand cooking sprays too. (* vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times).
PAM Cooking Spray sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine