Slow Cooker Chicken Mole With Pickled Onions Slow Cooker Chicken Mole With Pickled Onions

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole With Pickled Onions | Food styling by Noah Witenoff | Prop styling by Madeleine Johari Image by: Jeff Coulson

It almost seems that the slow cooker was made for this subtly spicy, rich mole sauce. In fact, you might be tempted to make a double batch of just the sauce and freeze half for another time - simply thaw it and reheat with cooked, shredded meat. Serve over rice or with warmed corn tortillas to soak up all the sauce.

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 9 hours
  • Portion size 8 servings


  • 1 can (796 mL) whole tomatoes
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon each ancho chili powder (or chili powder), ground coriander and salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 30 g unsweetened chocolate (1 oz), chopped
  • 1.35 kg boneless skinless chicken thigh cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Pickled Onions:
  • 1 red onion halved and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch granulated sugar


Drain tomatoes, reserving 1/2 cup of the juice. Using hands, crush tomatoes; add to slow cooker with reserved juice. Stir in onions, garlic, ancho chili powder, coriander, salt, pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in broth, raisins, almond butter and chocolate. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

In blender, purée mixture in batches until smooth; return to slow cooker. Stir in chicken; cover and cook on high until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 40 minutes.

Pickled Onions: Meanwhile, in bowl, stir together red onion, lime juice, salt and sugar; let stand for 15 minutes.

Serve pickled onions with mole. Sprinkle mole with cilantro and sesame seeds.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 688 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 35 g
  • Calories 322.0
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Cholesterol 140 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g


  • Iron 29.0
  • Folate 13.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Vitamin A 8.0
  • Vitamin C 35.0
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Slow Cooker Chicken Mole With Pickled Onions