Chicken smothered with this sumptuous mole sauce, Chicken En Mole is a taste sensation. Complete with dark flavors and smokey, earthy aromas this savory tomato based mole sauce baked with chicken is unbelievable.
This Chicken en Mole starts with my rich delicious homemade Mole Sauce. Then generously cover skinless chicken thighs with the sauce and bake. It is a very easy and simple recipe once you have already made your mole sauce.
I have never tried mole from a restaurant or store. I can only imagine that after trying homemade mole you will never want to buy canned mole sauce again. After I started making this homemade version there was no going back. This sauce is the real deal.
You can easily use chicken legs or even a whole chicken cut into pieces, instead of chicken thighs. Just make sure to remove the skin first. You could also substitute pork if you prefer. It is very delicious with pork carnitas or ribblets baked with the same savory sauce.
This chicken en mole is warm and smokey but not too spicy. It smells so heavenly while you are cooking it you will probably make all your neighbors jealous. When done cooking the chicken should easily pull apart with a fork.
This as a perfect dish any time of the year but especially in the winter when the cool weather leaves us craving something warm. It is lovely to pull a hot bubbly pan of chicken en mole out of the oven on a cold winter evening. The spices and flavors in this dish also leave me with a warm cozy feeling as well
Serve with your favorite rice or quinoa. Drizzle some of the extra mole sauce from the bottom of the baking dish on your rice or quinoa to make it even more delicious. Add a green salad or some steamed veggies for a complete meal.
You can easily double this recipe for a crowd or half it for a smaller amount.
For this recipe you will need
- 8 Chicken thighs, skinned
- 2 Cups homemade mole sauce
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
The homemade mole sauce will take about and hour and a half to prepare because it needs a little time to simmer. It is completely worth the time though!
Storing and Reheating
If you are lucky enough to have leftovers store them in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.
To reheat place the chicken with the sauce in a skillet or pan with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. Place a lid on to steam the chicken over medium heat for about 5 or 10 minutes or until heated all the way through.
Leftovers can also be frozen for a meal later on. Defrost in the refrigerator over night then reheat according to the directions above.
You can also reheat using a microwave if you want. Just make sure to cover with a plate before reheating because this sauce tends to splatter.
To make this simple but delicious chicken en mole just preheat your oven to 350º.
Salt and pepper the chicken thighs and place in a baking dish. Cover with the mole sauce.
Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes. The sauce will become even more flavorful as you bake it.
Serve with your favorite rice or quinoa.
Stove Top Directions
If you don't have an oven you can easily cook this recipe on a stove top. Just add a few tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of your favorite skillet or pot and arrange the chicken inside. Toss on salt and pepper. Cover with the mole sauce and add a lid. Cook on medium high for about 10 minutes then reduce the heat to medium low for the remaining 40 minutes.
- 8 Chicken thighs skinned
- 2 Cups Mole sauce
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Salt and pepper the chicken thighs and place in a baking dish. Cover with the mole sauce.
- Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes. The sauce will become even more flavorful as you bake it.
- Serve with your favorite rice or quinoa.
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