Manor Farm Herbs
Manor Farm
Oxfordshire OX27 8DP


Mole Pollo

(Chicken with a chocolate sauce – serves 4)

  • 8 chicken thighs – skinned
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin

For the sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, chopped
  • 125 g ground almonds
  •   (adjust quantity to taste)
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 2 small tortillas, crumbled finely
  • 75 g high cocoa plain chocolate
  • 50 g sultanas
  • 2 heaped tbs chocolate peppermint
      – finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F or Gas Mark 4.

Place the chicken thighs into a baking dish and drizzle with the oil, sprinkle over the cumin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, cover with a little foil for the first 30 minutes to keep the chicken from becoming too brown.

Meanwhile make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium pan and soften the onion. Add the almonds, tomatoes, sultanas, tortillas, cinnamon and chillies and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.

Pour in the chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes more. Using a blender, puree to give a smooth sauce.

Return the sauce to the heat, stir in the chocolate and 1½ tbs of the mint, and stir until the sauce is thick.

Pour a little of the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with the remaining mint. Serve with brown rice and the rest of the sauce.