Thursday, December 14, 2006
Chicken Mole Enchiladas
Mole, a common preparation in Mexican food, has many versions, styles and meanings. In case it's not something you have heard of, it's pronounced Moh-lay.
This recipe is based on what I think of when I think about mole sauce...a reddish brown chili-chocolate sauce that has a slight spiciness and a touch of smokiness and is usually prepared with chicken. To make this a fast weeknight recipe, you can make the sauce a prior night. Also, using chicken you have pre-made and shredded speeds this up.
Chicken Mole Enchiladas:
For the enchiladas:
6-10 flour or corn tortillas (taco size)
1.5 c shredded chicken
1/4 c light sour cream
1/4 c green onions, chopped
2 c grated white cheese, divided in 2 equal parts
Salt and Pepper
For the Mole Sauce:
2 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
4 dried guajllo peppers, seeds & stems removed
4 cloves garlic
1/4 c warm water
1 14 oz can whole tomatoes, with juices
2 c chicken broth
1/4 c premium dark chocolate, chopped finely
Salt and pepper
Directions for Mole Sauce:
Saute bacon in a saucepan over medium high heat until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy. Remove bacon, discard or save for another purpose. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute until softened, about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, puree chilies, garlic and water in a food processor. Strain through fine mesh strainer.
Add tomatoes, broth and strained chili puree to vegetable mixture. Simmer on high heat for 20-30 minutes until well incorporated and sauce has reduced and thickened. Strain, pressing on solids. Stir in chocolate until melted. Salt and pepper to taste, keep sauce warm.
Directions for Enchiladas:
Mix chicken, sour cream, green onions and half of the cheese in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
Lay out tortillas, fill with chicken mixture.
Roll tightly and lay in a baking dish that has a thin layer of mole sauce already spread on the bottom (to prevent sticking and burning).
Cover with remaining sauce.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling. Let stand a few minutes before serving.