Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary Chicken Mole with Grilled Mango, Veggies and Sauteed Cabbage

Scott and I had fun making this for dinner over the weekend.  We were out of town for our actual anniversary, which was nice because we had plenty of family around to watch the kids while we snuck out to the movies.  We saw Snow White and the Huntsmen.  Pretty good film, definitely a great choice for the big screen.  
As you know my sweet husband loves his chocolate, so I wanted to make him some fun chocolaty things for our 10 year anniversary, this mole sauce being one of them.  I've only had mole once, and I really liked it.  I knew Scott would like it too.  We worked the spices as best we could to get a really flavorful sauce.  He wanted me to go heavy on the chocolate (big surprise) and so I put in two tablespoons.  Also, we made this void of any detectable spice for the kids (so I recommend adding your own).  I would love a few recipe testers on this one. If you do make it, please let me know your additions or omissions.  I'm curious to know how other people like their mole sauce and I would love to make this again with a few suggested adjustments.  

Happy anniversary to my amazing husband!
I love you.
Engaged in Hawaii: 2000 (I really miss his long hair)!
Married Tahoe California: 2002
Camping: 2003
Snowboarding: 2007
 Okay, back to the food...

-3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
-1 yellow onion, chopped 
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-Oil of choice 
-Ground pepper to taste 
-1 small red pepper, chopped (or other pepper, perhaps one with spice)
-1 Roma tomato, chopped
-1 or 2 tablespoons dried raisins or cranberries (optional)
-1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped)
-1 or 2 tablespoons ground cacao (or other chocolate of choice and to taste)
-3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or other sweetener of choice) 
-1 cup filtered water
-1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, and coriander (the coriander is a must spice in this dish)
-1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-optional ground cayenne for heat to taste 

How To:
1.  On medium high heat, saute onion with 1/2 teaspoon salt until translucent.  Add pepper and saute until soft.  
2.  Add garlic, tomato, and optional raisins/cranberries.  Saute for about a minute.
3.  Add all the spices, stir
4.  Add in cacao and coconut sugar, stir
5.  Add water and bring to a boil
6.  Turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.
7.  Turn off heat, add ground pepper to taste, the additional 1/4 teaspoon salt, and optional cayenne.  
8.  Blend sauce via your preferred method and transfer back into pot
9.  Add chicken and incorporate with sauce.  Allow flavors to meld for a bit.  Serve hot with grilled veggies, avocado, fresh cilantro, and vegan cashew sour cream.
*Serves 6-8

Tastes amazing with the sauteed cabbage
And all the grilled veggies of course 
The kids like to help by taking the cilantro leaves off the stems 

 Delicious: grilled mango and veggies
Sauteed cabbage is my absolute favorite.  
I could it everyday.  

And for dessert:
Shared on: Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy-Free WednesdaysWhole Food Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, Fresh Food Wednesday, Tastetastic Thursdays, Pennywise Platter Thursdays, Simple Lives Thursdays, Frugal Food Thursdays, Simple Living Friday, Show Off Friday,  Friday Food,  Fight Back Friday,  Fresh Bites Friday, Whole Food Fridays


  1. Megan @ MAID in AlaskaJuly 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Happy Anniversary to you!! LOVE all of the pictures. :) Thanks for sharing those with us!

    I have never had mole sauce, so I am looking forward to trying your recipe one of these days. It looks wonderful!

    Take care and talk to you soon!

    1. Thanks so much Meg! We really enjoyed the mole sauce. We got two dinners and one lunch out of it! makes a nice batch. :-)

  • Amber Shea @Almost VeganJuly 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    If I ate chicken I would definitely like this! I'm a little obsessed with mole sauce; I even put a raw version in my cookbook.

    Happy anniversary to you two!

    1. Thank you Amber. I can't believe it has been 10 years already. Karazy!

      We also love this mole sauce. And I have no doubt it would taste great with tempeh (nice vegetarian option).:-)

  • Happy Anniversary! Those photos of you are too cute. :)
    I adore mole, the spicier the better! And that dessert of yours looks pretty fabulous, too. :D

    1. Thank you Ricki. And yes, I agree, I do like it with spice too. It really makes the dish. We really enjoyed having something different for dinner. And the pie...oh my. I'm posting it today. It really is a great pie and the cashew cream is just prefect and so creamy. Love!

  • Tessa Domestic DivaJuly 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Should we have something else in common?! Our anniversary is the 5th.... But you beat us my one year is our tenth....I am drooling over this dinner. I have to figure out how make a grain free tortilla for my menus this month! Can't wait!

    1. Hi Tessa,

      Well, that's no surprise. Happy anniversary tomorrow! This dish was super fun and super yummy. As Ricki said, the spicier the better for sure.

      Danielle has some great grain free tortillas (Against All Grain). I make my own inspired by here recipe. Less egg whites and a little more coconut flour, they are thicker though. But super easy to make and a great replacement for corn/wheat tortillas.

  • Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! What a wonderful dish for the celebration. Chocolate makes everything taste better, right?! So it appears all 3 of us Ladies had our wedding days around the same time-ours is the 5th as well. Big hugs to you and your beautiful family!

    1. Ha ha, Laura, the similarities keep building up between the the three of us. So funny. We were all clearly meant to meet here in cyberspace.

      Happy anniversary to you tomorrow! Hugs to you as well. Enjoy your day.

  • Lovely post and happy anniversary.

    I found you via Whole Food Wednesday. I linked in a post about spicy mince lettuce cups. Have a great week.

  • Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJuly 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Looks super tasty, and what a way to celebrate! Happy anniversary!

  • gfe--gluten free easilyJuly 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Happy Anniversary, Amber! Thanks for sharing all the pics! :-) I see your hubby had short hair when you married him and has stuck with it. Mine had long hair before I met him, then short hair at the time of our meeting and later our marriage, and now has long hair again. Not as long as your hubby's was though. It looks like your daughter has your hubby's curly long locks. ;-)

    I'm not a mole girl, but I like the rest of the chicken dish and that pie looks amazing!


  • so cute! happy anniversary friend! that's awesome!

    also awesome: the use of the corn tortillas rather than flour - i think the tortilla can either make or break a "taco"... organic corn are always the way to go.

    looks great!

    thank you for sharing with Fresh Foods Wednesday - hope to see you back next week!

  • Nicole@Show Off FridayJuly 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    You have such amazing recipes. Even the name sounds delicious! Thank you so much for linking up! Please stop by again soon and have yourself a great weekend!

  • Happy Anniversary! We celebrated an anniversary recently too. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Your chicken mole looks good. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays and for your participation each week.



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