Grilled Chicken Mole Negro

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
35 min
30 min
1 hr

4 to 6 servings

  • Mole Negro: :
  • 4 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and torn into pieces, some seeds discarded
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and torn into pieces, some seeds discarded
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 3 tablespoons blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon piloncillo (Mexican cane sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 2 ounces Mexican dark chocolate, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Grilled Chicken:
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • One 4 1/2- to 5-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • For the mole negro: In a large saute pan over medium heat, toast the ancho and guajillo chiles on both sides until softened and fragrant, being careful not to scorch them, 20 to 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of hot water to the pan, just enough to cover the chiles, and set aside for 30 minutes to reconstitute. Add the chiles and soaking water to a blender. Then add the onions, almonds, raisins, piloncillo, sesame seeds, cinnamon, oregano, garlic, cloves and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Puree until very smooth, adding a little more chicken broth if too thick.

  • In a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the lard and the mole puree and cook, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture becomes glossy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups chicken broth and the chocolate. Boil for about 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until thick, about 15 minutes. Add the salt; taste and adjust as needed. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm.

  • For the grilled chicken: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a grill for high heat and wipe down the grates with an oil-blotted paper towel.

  • Combine the granulated garlic, salt, ancho powder, cumin, chipotle powder, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle the chicken pieces all over with spice mixture. Place the chicken on the grill, skin-side down, and cook until nicely charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the reverse side for another 3 to 4 minutes. Once chicken has acquired nice grill marks, transfer it to a roasting pan and finish cooking in the oven, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • To serve, ladle the mole sauce onto a large platter and arrange the grilled chicken, skin-side up, on the top. Garnish with scallions and cilantro. Serve with extra mole sauce on the side.

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