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Recipe For Cinco De Mayo Chicken Mole On The BBQ

By: Andrea Alden

This year for Cinco De Mayo, I wanted to grill up something a little more authentic than the usual enchiladas and tacos. Chicken Mole On The Grill is spicy, thick, and definitely different. The dried pepper-based sauce is full of chocolate, tomato, and chicken stock, making for a delicious addition to any Cinco De Menu.

Prep Time
30 Min
Cook Time
30 Min
Yield
4
Difficulty
Easy

Recipe For Cinco De Mayo Chicken Mole On The BBQ

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Ingredients

Directions

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Ingredients

Club House La Grille Southern Style BBQ Seasoning

12

chicken thighs
(bone-in or boneless - your preference)

4 cups

chicken stock

4

Anaheim chilies, dried

4

California chilies, dried

4

pasilla chilies, dried

1 to 3

chipotle chilies, dried

4 tbsp.

oil, divided

2 tsp.

ground cloves

1 tbsp.

cumin

3 cloves

garlic

2 tbsp.

flour

100g.

dark chocolate, chopped

1 can (5½ oz.)

tomato paste

1 tbsp.

oregano

NOTE: If you can’t find four different dried chili varieties, feel free to use only one. Just remember that Chipotle is spicy, and should not be used as the whole basis of this sauce. 

Using dried Chipotle in this recipe - 1 = mild-hot, 3 = spicy

Directions
  1. Season the chicken thighs with the Southern Style BBQ Seasoning. Preheat your grill to 450°F preparing to use direct grilling. 
  2. Remove the seeds and stems from the chilies you are using in this recipe to reduce the spiciness. 
  3. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in your Napoleon Stainless Steel Wok using your side burner, or over medium heat on your stovetop. Fry all of the chilies in the oil for a moment or two so that they become fragrant. Add 2 cups of the chicken stock and simmer for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Transfer the chilies and stock to a blender and add the cloves, garlic, and cumin. Blend for about a minute until everything is liquefied. 
  5. Return the wok to heat and add the remaining oil. Add 2 tbsp. of flour and mix well. Strain the chilies mixture through a mesh sieve into the wok with the flour and oil, and stir until thickened. 
  6. Add the chocolate, tomato paste, and oregano stirring well. Use the remaining chicken stock to thin the sauce out until it’s the desired consistency. You are aiming for thick gravy, but go with what feels right. Simmer on low while you grill the chicken. Remember that the sauce will thicken as it simmers.
  7. Sear the chicken over direct heat for 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken thighs from the grill and toss them into the simmering sauce to continue cooking for another 5 minutes before serving with rice, fresh bread, and your favorite sides. Don’t forget the margaritas.

This Chicken Mole On The Grill was delicious. Proving once more that adding chocolate to a savory dish is something you should do more often. Have you tried my Spicy Chili with Chocolate? It’s another great example of savory chocolate. What are you doing this Cinco De Mayo? Tell us about your menu and share your photos using the hashtags #CincoDeMayo and #NapoleonEats.

Happy Grilling! 

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole - FryChile

Heat 2 tbsp. of oil and fry the chilis in the Napoleon Stainless Steel Wok

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Strain

Once you've liquified the chilies and spices, strain them through a mesh seive

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Chocolate

Add the chopped chocolate to the sauce

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole - Grill Chicken

Grill the chicken for 4 minutes per side over direct heat.

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve1

Serve with rice

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve2

The chocolate in the sauce adds a creaminess and a squeeze of lime will brighten things up

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve3

Don't forget the margaritas

AndreaAlden
Andrea Alden

I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole - FryChile

Heat 2 tbsp. of oil and fry the chilis in the Napoleon Stainless Steel Wok

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Strain

Once you've liquified the chilies and spices, strain them through a mesh seive

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Chocolate

Add the chopped chocolate to the sauce

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole - Grill Chicken

Grill the chicken for 4 minutes per side over direct heat.

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve1

Serve with rice

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve2

The chocolate in the sauce adds a creaminess and a squeeze of lime will brighten things up

Recipe Blog - Chicken Mole – Serve3

Don't forget the margaritas