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Mole Poblano with Chicken Thighs

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 4
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A good chicken mole sauce doesn't have to be complicated. This doable dish features Muir Glen™ Organic Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes, chipotle and a bit of chocolate. With just 15 minutes of prep time, it's perfect for a family dinner!
By Mark Evitt
Updated Nov 18, 2022
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  • 1/2 cup well-drained Muir Glen™ organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes (from 14.5-oz can)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups Progresso™ reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 2 lb (about 8) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Additional sesame seed
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Progresso Breadcrumbs


  • 1
    Place tomatoes in medium bowl. Place 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add sesame seed and almonds; toast about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown. Pour seed and nuts into bowl with tomatoes.
  • 2
    Return skillet to heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, the onion, garlic and raisins; season with dash salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is translucent and raisins are puffed. Add onion, garlic and raisins to tomatoes.
  • 3
    Return skillet to heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, the chipotle powder and chili powder; stir until oil and spices are well blended. Cook about 5 minutes or until powders begin to smoke and darken. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until chocolate melts.
  • 4
    Pour melted chocolate-spice mixture into tomato mixture. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, the cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar and bread crumbs; stir until well combined.
  • 5
    In blender, place tomato mixture and 1 cup of the chicken broth. Cover; blend at least 1 minute, gradually turning up to high speed. If sauce is not passing through blender blades smoothly, add more broth. Strain sauce to remove any sesame seed bits that didn’t get blended completely. Set aside.
  • 6
    In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 7 to 10 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet; place on plate and set aside.
  • 7
    Add strained sauce to same skillet. Stir in additional chicken broth, 1/2 cup at a time, until the consistency of whipping cream (1 1/2 to 2 cups). Taste sauce; adjust seasoning if needed.
  • 8
    Heat sauce to boiling. Return chicken to skillet (chicken should be completely covered with sauce). Reduce heat to simmer; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Serve chicken and sauce garnished with cilantro and additional sesame seed.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To deepen the chocolate flavor of this chicken mole recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder.
  • tip 2
    To make quick and flavorful red rice to go with this chicken mole dish, combine 2 cups Progresso™ Chicken Broth with 2 tablespoons tomato paste. Heat to boiling. Add 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until liquid has been absorbed.


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