Coffee Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce

Coffee Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce

Rich home-made mole sauce with tender cocoa flavor coats tender chicken in this delicious dish.

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cups water
cup salt
cup packed dark brown sugar
tablespoon cumin seed
tablespoon chili powder
lime, thinly sliced
cup strong-brewed coffee, at room temperature
boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb)
tablespoons vegetable oil
Mole Sauce
medium onion, thinly sliced
cloves garlic, finely chopped
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/4
cups chicken broth
tablespoon creamy peanut butter
teaspoon granulated sugar
teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of ground cinnamon
oz unsweetened baking chocolate
chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (from 7-oz can), chopped
Salt and pepper, if desired
  1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water, salt, brown sugar, cumin seed, chili powder and lime slices over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until salt and brown sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in coffee. Cool mixture to room temperature.
  2. Place chicken in 1-gallon resealable plastic food-storage bag or large bowl, and pour cooled coffee mixture over chicken. Seal bag or cover bowl. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  3. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry on paper towels. Discard marinade. When oil is hot and shimmers lightly, place chicken in skillet. Cook about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until golden on other side. Place chicken on plate.
  4. In same skillet, cook onion over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, broth, peanut butter, granulated sugar, ground cumin, cinnamon, chocolate and chiles. Cook uncovered 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture simmers and peanut butter and chocolate are melted.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and nestle chicken breasts in sauce. Cook uncovered 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings
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Why it Works: Coffee Perks When harvested, coffee beans (actually seeds taken from the coffee fruit called a coffee cherry) have very little flavor. Their seductive aroma and taste come after the beans have been fermented and roasted. Once brewed, coffee is useful in many aspects of cooking. It makes a great marinade and braising liquid because its natural acids tenderize meat (try adding a cup to your next pot roast before cooking). Coffee-tasting experts claim coffee contains hints of cinnamon, chocolate, wine, fruit and even caramel flavors. For this reason, coffee enhances and balances the flavor of a number of savory dishes, including this mole sauce. Try replacing some of the water with coffee the next time you make beef gravy, stew or soup.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 320
    • (Calories from Fat 120),
  • Total Fat 14g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 80mg;
  • Sodium 2130mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 8g),
  • Protein 33g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 4 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.