• Prep Time
    5 Mins
  • Cook Time
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  • Total Time
    5 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 4
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    Chicken Mole with Teff, Avocado, and Crema

    Mole poblano is a Mexican sauce made of ground chiles, nuts, and chocolate, among a long list of other ingredients. Very few people make their own; even in Mexico, it’s completely respectable to start with a bottle of Doña María (available at grocery stores), as this recipe calls for. Chicken with mole is a classic, but the way it’s usually served—with the sauce blanketing a dry, flavorless chicken breast—leaves a lot to be desired.

    In this recipe, chicken thighs are braised in mole and then shredded with the braising liquid, so the end product is like the mole version of shredded barbecue chicken. If the mole intrigues you but you don’t eat animals, replace the mole chicken with mushrooms. And for a more mainstream mole bowl, serve the chicken and toppings on a bowl of plain brown rice or quinoa instead of teff (an ancient grain). 


    Ingredients
    For the Chicken
    2
    cups
    sodium-free chicken stock
    1/4
    cup
    Dona Maria Mole Paste
    6
    bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
    2
    teaspoons
    kosher salt
    *
    canola or another neutral flavored oil
    For the Teff
    1/4
    cup
    Dona Maria Mole Paste
    1
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
    1/2
    cup
    teff
    For the Bowls
    1
    ripe avocado, quartered, pitted, and peeled
    1
    lime, halved
    4
    tablespoons
    Mexican crema or sour cream thinned with water
    *
    toasted white sesame seeds, for sprinkling
    1
    white onion, thinly sliced into rounds or half moons
    Directions
    Make the chicken: adjust the oven racks so one is in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Combine the stock and mole in a bowl. Smash and stir the mole with a whisk or fork to break it up and dissolve it. Season the chicken with the salt.
    Coat a Dutch oven or ovenproof skillet with oil and heat the oil over medium-high heat until it slides like water in the pan and is sizzling hot but not smoking, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook until they are deep brown, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook for 2 minutes on the second side. Pour the mole-stock mixture around the chicken, adding enough so it comes halfway up the chicken; you may not use all the stock mixture. (Throw it out or use it in place of some of the water to make the teff.) Cover the pot and put the chicken in the oven to cook for about 1½ hours, until it is fork tender.
    Remove the pot from the oven, uncover, and let the chicken rest in the liquid until it’s cool enough to handle. Shred the chicken into a small saucepan; throw out the skin and bones. Skim the fat off the braising liquid with a spoon or ladle, discard the fat, and pour the remaining liquid into the saucepan with the chicken. Bring the liquid to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook the chicken and sauce together until the sauce has reduced and the chicken and sauce are one, about 10 minutes.
    Make the the teff: combine the mole, salt, and 2½ cups water in a small saucepan. Smash and stir the mole with a whisk to break it up and dissolve it. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat. Rain in the teff, stirring with the whisk as you add it. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer until the grains are tender and thick, like loose polenta or porridge, about 30 minutes.
    Assemble the bowls: season the avocado with the juice of the lime and salt. Spoon the teff into four serving bowls and pile the shredded chicken on top. Put the avocados on top of the chicken. Garnish with the crema, sesame seeds, and onion slices.
    Reprinted With Permission From Excerpted from the book BOWLS OF PLENTY by Carolynn Carreño. Copyright © 2017 by Carolynn Carreño. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 4
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    Chicken

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