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Chicken in Mole Sauce

ingredients

serves 6
1 large chicken, jointed
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
6 tomatoes, peeled, or 375 g (15 oz) tinned tomatoes
3 red chillies, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic
30 g (2 tbsp) sesame seeds
2.5 g (1/2 tsp) coriander seeds
30 g (2 tbsp) whole almonds or pecans
30 g (2 tbsp) peanuts
1.5 cm (1/2 in) cinnamon stock, broken up
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
50 g (2 oz) plain chocolate

method

1. Put the chicken pieces and onion in a pan.

2. Season and add water to cover. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken and drain on a paper towel. Reserve the stock.

4. To make the sauce, blend together the cooked onion, tomatoes, chillies and garlic.

5. Grind the seeds, nuts and cinnamon.

6. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy based saucepan and brown the chicken.

7. Add the tomato mixture and the ground nut mixture. Cook for 5 minutes.

8. Add half the chicken stock and the chocolate, broken into pieces.

9. Stir over a low heat until the chocolate is dissolved.

10. Bring to the boil and simmer until the chicken is cooked, adding more stock if necessary.

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