Chicken Mole Gone Simple

Chicken  Mole Gone Simple

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This recipe is revised from one in Mex-Tex: Traditional Tex-Mex Taste by Matt Martinez.  It is one of my favorite Tex-Mex cookbooks.  Everything I have tried from it has turned out well.  Martinez and his family are well known in Texas.  Unfortunately, he died a year or so ago, but his Tex-Mex legacy lives on through his restaurant, Rancho Martinez, in Dallas and his dad’s restaurant, Matt’s El Rancho, in Austin. This recipes is soooo quick to make and it’s delicious.  The sauce is even better the next day.

Sometimes, after the chicken and broth have cook, there is not quite enough broth to get the sauce to the desired consistency. It is okay to add a little more water to thin the sauce.  To serve, I sprinkle the chicken mole with a little bit of extra sesame seeds.  Spanish rice made with brown rice, tossed salad and fresh cantaloupe make excellent accompaniments. The chicken mole is also good with rice and beans and fresh flour tortillas.

Chicken Mole Gone Simple

4 cups of water
2 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons oil of your choice
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar

In a large saucepan, place the water, chicken, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Remove chicken from the broth and let it cool. Reserve the broth. Skin, bone and shred the chicken.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Mix the flour into the oil to form a paste; in a few minutes, it will turn light brown. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Add the chili powder, peanut butter, sesame seeds, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and sugar.  Mix in the reserved broth and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the cooked chicken and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Place in a large serving bowl, and serve family style.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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