Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole

If you are familiar with mole (MOH-lay) you know that it is a Mexican term used for the many sauces in Mexican cuisine, that include chile peppers, nuts, a blend of spices (cumin, cinnamon), something sweet like raisins or other dried fruit, and a hint of chocolate.  Mole requires a long gentle cooking, so it is perfect for the slow-cooker.

This version is a less complex, but an equally delicious mole sauce that can easily be put together. I placed all the ingredients (except the cilantro) in the blender, whirled it around until it was thick and well blended, and poured it over the chicken thighs and slow-cooked all day.

A perfect weeknight meal that can be started in the morning and ready by dinner time. 
Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole
Serves 6
Recipe from Food Everyday

4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 12)
coarse salt
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed
1 large chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup raisins
3-ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
Season chicken thighs with salt and place in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker.  In a blender, puree tomatoes, onion, ancho and chipotle chiles, almonds, raisins, chocolate, garlic, oil, cumin, and cinnamon until smooth.  Add tomato mixture to slow cooker, cover and cook on high until chicken is tender, 4 hours (or 8hours on low).  Serve chicken and sauce topped with cilantro.
Note: Sauce can be used for enchiladas too.


39 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole

  1. The slow cooker will be used more here this summer – less heat in the kitchen. I like the idea of using the blender to mix it up. Great meal, Velva!


  2. Great recipe! I love mole but was discouraged from trying to make it, thinking it was going to take days of prepping! This version (with chocolate , yum) is close to the authentic one and certainly a lot easier!


  3. I've never tried mole although I've always been intrigued by it. What a perfect recipe for the slow cooker, one of my gadgets I don't use nearly enough!


  4. It is always good to have an quick mole sauce recipe! I have to make this! I was thrilled when I found a carton of \”ready to serve\” Dona Maria mole. This is way better! 🙂


  5. I tried a quick stovetop version of mole once and wasn't super crazy for it. I think I definitely need to give mole a second chance and cook it low and slow this time around. Sure does look delicious! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Velva!


  6. I recently made my first mole. I was scared of the chocolate, but it turned out to be fantastic. It's a lot of ingredients, but I'll get that the slow cooker made this much easier to do. Looks delicious.Debby, \”A Feast for the Eyes\”


  7. Hi Velva, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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