When chilies, chocolate, cinnamon and coffee join forces the result is a spicy sauce that's sure to please.
Servings: Makes 3–4 servings
  • 1 small onion , peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup ground chilies
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (3-to 3 1/2-pound) whole chicken , rinsed and patted dry
Preheat oven to 425°. In a food processor, puree onion and garlic. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion mixture and cook until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except the chicken) and bring to a simmer. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a very thick paste forms. Remove from heat.

Place chicken in a small roasting pan and tie legs together; brush with 3 to 4 Tbsp. mole, until chicken is completely coated. Cover pan with foil (tented, so it doesn't touch chicken). Roast 1 hour. Remove foil; brush chicken with another coat of mole (be sure to wash the brush before you use it a second time so you don't contaminate the cooked meat). Cook until juices run clear when chicken is pierced in the thick part of the thigh, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let sit 10 minutes before carving.

Note: For the mole, use ground, dried chili peppers with a rich flavor and medium heat, such as ancho or pasilla peppers. If you can't find them at your local market, try mexgrocer.com. You can make the mole up to a week in advance; refrigerate until ready to use.


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