Holy Mole!

A guest post by Juliette Britton
(Gluten free, dairy free).  One of my favorite Chicago restaurants is Fronterra Grill. Rick Bayless is a genius when it comes to Mexican cuisine. His mole recipe has over 30 ingredients and takes days to make! His food is so delicious and in such high demand, he started his own food line. His delectable salsas, sauces, and tortilla chips are available in many grocery stores around the country. One item missing from his retail selection is his beloved mole sauce. I’ve scoured the internet trying to find a good mole recipe, but all the recipes required hours of prep (and let’s face it, who has 4-6 hours to tend to mole)? Several months ago, Real Simple magazine included a super simple chicken mole recipe…and by super simple, I mean it takes 5 minutes of actual prep work. I was skeptical at first, after all, mole develops its flavor by adding layers of ingredients, one at time. I tried the recipe in my slow cooker and was quite pleased with the results. It is the perfect comfort recipe on blistery winter nights. I have made a few modifications to the recipe.
This is what you need:
10 oz. of enchilada sauce (Fronterra carries BPA free vacuum packs)
1 oz. (or 4 T) of unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 adobe pepper in chipotle sauce (if you like it spicy, add more peppers)!
1 cup of dried cranberries
1T organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil
4 organic chicken breasts (I like to get my meat and poultry from Wallace Farms).

Place ingredients (enchilada sauce through cranberries) in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for one minute. Transfer ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
In the slow cooker, add coconut oil and chicken breasts. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook on low until done (about 2-3 hours in my super fast ‘slow’ cooker). This meal pairs well with a side sweet potatoes, sauteed spinach and sliced avocado. Serves 4.


  1. Kathryn - HKIE says:

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    Another unique component of coconut oil is its high content of lauric acid. Many of you know lauric acid as monolaurin, a supplement we recommend during cold and flu season. Monolaurin is an effective antimicrobial and antiviral and has been shown in studies to be effective against herpes, influenza, hepatitis C, HIV, MRSA, candida, and other viruses, bacteria, and fungi. However, please treat monolaurin as an adjunct supplement to the more important aspects of fighting pathogens: healthy diet, proper exercise, sleep, and stress management.

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    Coconut oil is a great option for cooking because of its high smoking temperature. It is also can be used as an emollient, moisturizer, conditioner, lubricant, lip balm, and furniture polish!

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