If you're familiar with authentic mole sauce, you know it often takes days to slow simmer, imparting a wealth of layers and flavors to the chocolatey-sweet-spicy-smokey sauce.
For those of us who don't plan that far ahead, we've modified a make-it-for-dinner tonight version! In fact, this should take you much less than an hour from start to finish. Perfect for any day, on-the-go, whatever.
Plus it makes quite a lot of sauce, so you might have leftovers - depending on who's coming for dinner.
We've also modified it to truly be a Lean dish by substituting in Mdrive Lean, with its chocolate-orange flavor, for the chocolate powder plus extra muscle building and an extra metabolism boost. To this end, we also took out the tortillas that this can go with, so if you're going easy on carbs, THIS really is a filling, tasty, decadent dish that does not scrimp on style or substance! Enjoy!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle or jalapeño pepper, chopped (no jalapeño if spice isn’t your thing)
1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can (or more to taste)
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (plus more on reserve if sauce is too thick)
2 teaspoons fresh chili powder or paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 heaping scoop of Mdrive Lean (or substitute 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder)
2 lbs chicken breast (or 1 large rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded, skin and bones discarded)
1/4 cup roughly chopped peanuts
1 orange, zested
Fresh cilantro, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced, for serving
Place a large pan over medium heat and coat with oil. Add onion and garlic, stirring to soften for 4-5 minutes. Add the chipotle (or spicy jalapeño) with the adobo sauce, raisins, and chopped tomatoes stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes.
Carefully pour the mixture into a blender. Make sure your blender can take hot items (a Vitamix is great for this). Add the peanut butter, broth, chili powder/paprika, and cinnamon. Puree the mixture until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
NOTE: You can add an extra tablespoon or two of chicken broth, then re-blend, if it seems much too thick and won’t pour out of your blender. Repeat to desired consistency, it should be more like spaghetti sauce than soup.
If using fresh uncooked chicken, cut the chicken breasts into large chunks (1-2 inch cubes), heat a LARGE pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil or neutral oil. Cook chicken chunks 8-10 minutes until cooked through lightly. Add some salt/pepper if desired, but note that you’ll soon be adding your awesome sauce for massive flavor! Set chicken aside.
Return the mole sauce mixture from the blender to the large pan over medium heat. NOW ADD A BIG SCOOP OF MDRIVE LEAN. Stir to mix. (If using chocolate, stir until melted).
Add back in your newly cooked chicken chunks OR the shredded rotisserie chicken and heat through, making sure to really coat all your chicken well. It will more than cover all of your chicken.
Transfer your Lean Chicken Mole to a serving dish and garnish with peanuts, sesame seeds, and orange zest.
Serve with cilantro, lime, avocado, and (very optional to save carbs!) tortillas.
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