Chicken Mole Chili

  • Yield: 4 servings


2-- dried pasilla chiles
2-- dried ancho chiles
2tablespoons blanched slivered almonds
1tablespoon chopped garlic
1ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
2teaspoons dried oregano
1teaspoon cinnamon
1teaspoon kosher salt
4tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1pound skinned & boned chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1cup chopped onion
1-- (14 oz.) can chicken broth
2-- (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2tablespoons molasses
1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2cup sour cream
-- Lime wedges
1 1/2cups biscuit baking mix
1/2cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
3/4cup milk
4teaspoons vegetable oil


Toast chiles in a dry skillet until fragrant and softened. Remove stems and seeds and break into pieces. Pulse in a small food processor with the almonds and next 5 ingredients until a paste forms. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven and cook chicken until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes; remove. Add remaining oil and saute onion and chile paste until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Return chicken to pan with the broth, tomatoes and molasses and simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make fry bread. Combine all ingredients except oil, mixing well. Divide into 8 pieces and roll into round disks. On floured work surface, roll each piece into a 5-inch circle. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet and cook 2 rounds until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook until browned on bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining oil and rounds.

Spoon chili into shallow soup bowls and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with 2 pieces fry bread each and pass sour cream and lime wedges separately for serving.

Makes 4 servings.