Make Ahead

Pulled (or Shredded) Chicken Mole

April 29, 2012
1 Ratings
  • Serves 12-16
Author Notes

Here is my first recipe contribution to Food 52. You will find this to be a well balanced dish - sweet, spicy, and full. I love it and I hope you do too!

The total time is probably close to 2 hours so take an afternoon to enjoy the kitchen and make the whole recipe so you have tons of leftovers! —FunkyLady

What You'll Need
  • Mole
  • 5 Dried Pasilla Peppers, stems and seeds removed
  • 4 Dried Nueva Chilis, stems and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Onions, chopped
  • 2 Serrano Peppers, stems and seeds removed, chopped
  • 10 Canned Tomatoes, chopped, reserve liquid
  • 2 1/2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Safflower Oil
  • 4 ounces Dark Chocolate
  • Pulled Chicken
  • 5 pounds Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  1. Mole
  2. Tear Pasilla and Nueva peppers into smaller pieces and toast in a saute pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Place toasted peppers in bowl with golden raisins, and pour almost bowling water over them. Let rest while preparing the other sauce elements.
  4. Toast thyme, black pepper, cinnamon stick, coriander, and almonds in a saute pan over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant. Place fragrant mixture into coffee grinder (might need to do this in two batches) and grind into a fine powder.
  5. Then heat oil in saute pan at medium heat and add onions, garlic, and Serrano peppers.
  6. Once the onions are looking brown, add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally. The tomatoes will darken in color and become soft.
  7. De-glaze the pan with 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 cup of reserved tomato juice- cook for 10 minutes more. The mixture should look jammy.
  8. Turn off the heat. Drain the peppers/raisins (reserve liquid) and add to pan. Add the ground spices and chocolate. Stir to combine.
  9. Place half of the mixture into a blender with 1 cup of reserved soaking liquid and 1 cup of orange juice. Blend until smooth. Repeat with other half.
  10. Store sauce in an airtight container. This recipe makes a ton of sauce, my thought is if you are going through the trouble of making it, might as well make a big batch because it freezes very well.
  1. Pulled Chicken
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Put chicken thighs in a large baking dish so they can lay next to each other in a single layer. Add orange juice and stock to cover chicken most of the way, it's okay if the thighs aren't completely covered. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour.
  4. Remove pan from oven and take thighs out of liquid (reserve liquid) . Let cool long enough for you to be able to handle. Pull chicken apart.
  5. Heat 1/2 of mole sauce from recipe above in a saute pan at medium heat. Add chicken and 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice or in flour tortillas. Thinly sliced radishes compliment the dish well.
  7. Enjoy!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • FunkyLady
  • aargersi

2 Reviews

FunkyLady April 30, 2012
Thank you, aargersi :)
aargersi April 30, 2012
This looks great! Love all of the flavors and the fact that it makes enough for now and later. Nice opening recipe!!!!