Chicken Mole (serves 4)
Mole (pronounced mō-lay), is a wonderfully complex, flavorful Mexican sauce made with many ingredients, some of which include chili peppers, sesame seeds, nuts, dried fruit, herbs, spices, and even chocolate. Mole traditionally accompanies turkey or chicken meat, and is served along with rice and tortillas. The word mole comes from the Nahuatl word mōlli, which means sauce. Although chili pepper sauces existed in pre-Hispanic Mexico, the complex moles of modern-day Mexico did not. Different regions in Mexico have modified the original mōlli sauce, adding their own ingredients, depending on their location.
The best known variation of mole, is mole poblano, which orig- inated in the state of Puebla. It is spicy, but the addition of Mexican chocolate counteracts the heat, giving it a rich, slightly sweet flavor and a rich dark color. Mole is traditionally made with lard and chicken broth. In order to create a healthier variation, Qué Mami Organics’ mole is made with homemade vegetable broth and coconut oil, making it a completely vegan mole. My mole is also organic, gluten-free and nut-free. Making mole is extremely labor-intensive, and as a child, I remember helping my mother with the chopping, grinding, straining, and simmering of the ingredients. The result was a mouth-watering, spicy, savory, slightly sweet sauce we used to enjoy with chicken. However, you can enjoy Qué Mami Organics mole over sautéed veggies, rice, or even use it to make enchiladas!
—Sylvia Garza, Qué Mami Organics / www.quemamiorganics.com
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