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Chicken with California Raisin Mole

Yields6 Servings

 1 cup California raisins, divided
 Non-stick cooking spray
 1 ½ tsp vegetable oil
 ½ cup red onions
 ½ tsp coriander seeds, crushed
 ½ tsp anise seeds, crushed
 1 ½ tsp chilli powder
 ½ tsp sugar
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 ½ tsp minced garlic
 ¼ tsp ground cloves
 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
 1 tbsp peanut butter
  cup chicken broth
 ½ cup (3 ounces) diced fresh tomatoes
 Salt; to taste
 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each)
 Salt and pepper; to taste

Lightly coat the bowl and blade of a food processor with non-stick cooking spray and purée 3/4 cup of the raisins to yield 1/4 cup of raisin paste*. (The paste will be very sticky). Set aside.


In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over high heat; add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently until golden brown. Stir in the crushed coriander and anise seeds. Then add the chilli powder, sugar, cinnamon, garlic and cloves; cook the mixture for 1 minute over moderate heat, stirring constantly. Add the cocoa powder, peanut butter, chicken broth, tomatoes, raisin paste, reserved raisins and salt; simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly.

To Serve

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through. Place each breast on a serving plate and surround with about 1/4 cup of sauce. Serve with warm tortillas.

Note: Commercially prepared California raisin paste is available from foodservice and industrial suppliers. To make your own raisin paste, grind or process in a food processor whole California raisins equal to twice the amount of raisin paste required (3/4 cup natural raisins) until very finely chopped and smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 breast and 1/4 cup sauce

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 250Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.5g7%

Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 585mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 25g9%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 20g
Protein 28g57%

Calcium 35%
Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.