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Holy Mole

Couldn’t resist that one . . . And you won’t be able to resist this easy slow-cooker chicken molé. It’s got a deep, smoky, slightly spicy flavor and is great served over rice. Pair with a crisp green salad and cuddle up for a delicious dinner that’s ready when you are.

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food)

4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Kosher salt
1 can or box (28 oz.) chopped tomatoes (Pomi in the box has no BPA)
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
1 t. chile powder
2 large chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted (don’t skip this – they’ll be so much more delicious and almondy if you toast them!)
1/4 c. raisins
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (about 1/2 c.)
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
Fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped, for serving


Season the chicken with salt and place in a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Place the tomatoes through the cinnamon in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the mixture to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high until chicken is tender, 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Serve chicken and sauce over rice and topped with cilantro.

Serves 6.

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  • Lauren

    I saw this recipe in my Everyday Food magazine and was curious about it. I am always looking for a good slow cooker recipe! Is this really spicy? I have 2 kids under 3 who don’t like a lot of heat. If so, what ingredient gives the spice? Are chipotle chilies in adobo sauce spicy?

    • http://www.semisweetonline.com Semi-Sweet Sarah

      Hi Lauren, this isn’t very spicy, just flavorful. I’d definitely try it out on your kids. Chipotle chilis in adobo are spicy, but there’s not much in here and the slow cooker dumbs down spice. Good luck – I hope you all like it!

  • http://www.semisweetonline.com Semi-Sweet Sarah

    Hey Molly – you mean, for the chicken? I think what you get from the chicken is a richness, but that said, the sauce smelled really freakin’ good right out of the blender. I don’t think it’s a bad idea at ALL, and I think you should try it and let me know!

  • http://www.cheapbeets.wordpress.com Molly

    This sounds really wonderful. Any idea if substituting beans would work?