Classic Chicken Mole and Green Rice

Classic Chicken Mole and Green Rice

Mexican Mole sauce is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. There are regional versions, family versions, historical versions and modern versions…. But all I know is that the ingredient list is often very long and I have not yet undertaken the endeavor to make it!  However I often order it whenever I find myself in a Mexican restaurant, as I love the complex flavors.  So you can imagine my delight when I received a jar of María Dolores Mole Sauce. Made with all natural ingredients in Mexico, this isn’t the thick canned variety — but rather a light and flavorful ready-to-use Mole sauce. I decided to do a traditional baked chicken in Mole sauce.

As often recommended in recipes, I used dark meat chicken to make this. I picked up some whole chicken legs with thighs, browned them in some spices and oil, covered them with Mole sauce and the juice of a lime, then baked them until bubbly and the sauce was thickened.  I served my chicken with Green Rice, made with chicken broth, María Dolores Salsa Verde and cilantro and parsley.  Muy delicioso!



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Classic Chicken Mole

Classic Chicken Mole


  • 4 whole Chicken legs (leg and thigh)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil (for pan)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Handful sesame seeds


  1. To make Chicken in Mole Sauce:
  2. Preheat oven to 190C/375F.
  3. Mix all the spices together in a large bowl or plate.
  4. Coat the chicken pieces in the spices.
  5. Place the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  6. When the oil is shimmery, add the chicken skin side down and fry until golden brown.
  7. Turn over and fry 2 minutes more.
  8. Remove from pan, and skim off all but 1 tablespoon oil.
  9. Pour in the lime juice and scrape up and stuck on bits.
  10. Pour in the jar of Maria Dolores Mole Sauce, then add chicken back to pan.
  11. Place the pan in the oven and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, add cilantro and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and serve with green rice.
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