February 13, 2016
Mole is a Mexican classic – a thick, dark sauce made with a medley of sweet and spicy chillies, rounded out with bitter chocolate. Served with tender chicken, it’s sublime.
- Cook: 1 hr 50 mins
1 hr 50 mins
1 hr 50 mins
- Yields: Enough to fill 30 tacos
Place the pan over a medium heat and, as soon as the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid and poach the chicken for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until tender and cooked through.
To make the tacos, place the flour and 1 pinch of sea salt in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil and 175ml of cold water into the well, stirring in the flour until it comes together into a rough dough – you may need to add a splash more water to help it along.
While the chicken is poaching, make the mole sauce. Put the dried ancho chillies in a small saucepan and cover with water. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the hob and leave to cool completely.
Once the ancho chillies have cooled, remove and discard their stems, then place them into a blender. Blitz with a splash of the chilli water until you have a paste, then spoon in the sautéed onion mixture.
Add the 50g of peanuts, the honey and the chocolate, and splash in a little more of the chilli water. Roughly chop and throw in the tomato, season generously with sea salt and black pepper, then blitz everything together until you have a thick paste, adding more water if need be.
It’s really nice to cook the tacos to order as guests are helping themselves to other elements of the meal. Dust your worktop with flour and roll out the dough balls into discs, about the thickness of a playing card. Place a couple of large non-stick frying pans over a medium heat, and cook the tacos as needed, for 1½ minutes on each side, until lightly golden.