Grace’s Mole con Pollo

Grace’s Mole con Pollo

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  • 1 (5-pound) whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup cojita cheese, grated or crumbled, for garnish (optional)


Cut chicken into parts. Save the back for making chicken stock. Place parts in a 9-by 13-inch baking dish. Put breasts and thighs bone-side up. Preheat oven to 350° F.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet or heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and salt and cook until onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and sugar. Cook for 15 to 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in tomato sauce and water and bring to a simmer. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Let sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Pour sauce over chicken. Cover pan and bake for 1 hour.

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