Chicken Mole is a classic Mexican dish known for its rich, complex flavors. Originating from the Oaxaca and Puebla regions, this traditional recipe has been passed down through generations. If you’re a home cook, a Mexican food enthusiast, or a culinary adventurer, this guide will walk you through making the perfect Chicken Mole in your own kitchen.

Chicken Mole

Ingredients List

You'll need the following ingredients to make Chicken Mole:

For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the Mole Sauce:

  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 dried pasilla chilies
  • 1 dried chipotle chili
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 slice of stale bread or 1 tortilla
  • 1 small piece of Mexican chocolate (or dark chocolate)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Preparing the Chicken

  1. Clean and Cut the Chicken:
  • Rinse the chicken breasts or thighs under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  1. Optional Marinating:
  • Marinate the chicken with lime juice, garlic, and a pinch of cumin for an extra flavor boost.

Making the Mole Sauce

  1. Prepare the Chilies:
  • Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chilies.
  • Toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until they become fragrant, then soak them in hot water for about 20 minutes.
  1. Blend the Ingredients:
  • In a blender, combine the soaked chilies, tomato, onion, garlic, almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, bread or tortilla, Mexican chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and chicken broth.
  • Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add more chicken broth as needed.
  1. Cook the Sauce:
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Pour in the blended mixture and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens and the flavors meld together.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking the Chicken

  1. Combine Chicken and Mole Sauce:
  • In the same pot, add the seasoned chicken pieces to the mole sauce.
  • Ensure the chicken is fully submerged in the sauce.
  1. Cook Evenly:
  • Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Mole pairs wonderfully with:

  • Steamed rice
  • Warm tortillas
  • Black beans
  • Fresh avocado slices

Garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro for an authentic touch.

Tips and Tricks

  • Variations:
  • Try using turkey or pork instead of chicken for a different twist.
  • Adjust the spice level by adding more or fewer chipotle chilies.

  • Storage:
  • Chicken Mole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • The mole sauce can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months.


Making Chicken Mole at home is a rewarding culinary adventure that brings the rich flavors of Mexico to your kitchen. We encourage you to try this recipe and share your experience with friends and family.

Happy cooking!

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