Friday, June 6, 2008

Chicken With Easy Mole Sauce

Another one that turned up with my peanut butter search. Oh my gosh, it was so good! Maybe not as good as traditional mole, but I have recipes that take 3 days! For as easy as it was, it was awesome, and Ron like it too. Orion wouldn't even touch it though. :p

Chicken With Easy Mole Sauce

Ingredients

* 2 large onion, chopped
* 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
* 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
* 3 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 teaspoons sugar or xylitol if you have it
* 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
* 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2 tablespoons peanut butter
* 3-4 cups chicken broth, divided use
* 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomato, drained
* 2 tablespoons raisins
* 3 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 8 chicken thighs

Directions

1. In large, heavy skillet saute onion over moderately high heat until golden brown.
2. In motar, crush coriander seeds and aniseed or grind in a spice grinder. Stir into onion mixture with chili powder, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in cocoa powder, peanut butter, 2 cups of broth, tomatoes, raisins, garlic paste and salt, to taste and simmer sauce loosely covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Take the sauce off the heat and let cool while preparing the chicken legs.
3. Pat legs dry, season with salt and pepper. On oiled rack of a broiler pan, broil skin side up for approximately 10 minutes, turn and broil other side for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown.
4. In blender or food processor puree the sauce in batches, adding remaining broth as necessary to thin.
5. Transfer sauce to skillet, add legs, and simmer mixture loosely covered for 30 minutes.
6. Serve chicken with mole sauce over rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Easy African-Style Peanut Chicken

I haven't been cooking much these days. When I got back from CA in May, I was having alot of back pain and just totally not in the mood. I have been trying to do a bit more this past week, but the beanette is due any day, and then I will probably be taking a break again. I was researching peanut butter recipes, and found a few to try. Sorry no pics as I am kindof lazy these days, but here is one from a couple days ago.

It didn't look as spiced up as most African chicken, but I thought Orion might like it, and he did eat a bit. Plus it was pretty easy. Ron loved it, but I thought it was a bit bland. It was really helped with a bit of salt and pepper. I also tossed in some frozen chopped spinach to add some greens to the mix. Oh, and I also made about 3 times what it says.

Easy African-Style Peanut Chicken

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 6 thighs)
2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter or Earth Balance
1 small diced tomato
1/2 white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 cup water

Directions

1. Dice chicken breasts in to bite sized pieces.
2. Saute in 1 tbs peanut oil until just before cooked and remove from heat and set aside.
3. In a separate pan, saute diced tomatoes, onion and garlic in butter and remaining peanut oil until soft.
4. Add peanut butter and stir well.
5. Then add the water and mix well.
6. Now add chicken to mixture and bring to boil.
7. At boiling point, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 6 minutes, or until chicken is done.
8. Serve warm over rice or eat like a stew!