"The southern region of Oaxaca, Mexico is known as the land of siete moles or seven moles. I developed this chicken dish using the herbs and tomatillos needing to be used up. This is also known as a verde mole. It's an interesting taste difference using the mole both cooked and in the raw form in this dish. Serve alongside a Mexican style rice and a green salad." — Avon- status quo PRO
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chicken, cut into pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste
fresh tomatillos, husks removed
jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed
salt to taste
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
I am the recipe submitter and would like to point out that the original way it was written called for grated Oaxacan cheese. If it's unavailable in your part of the country, Monterey Jack is a reasonable substitute. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m unsure why this recipe is getting such good reviews. I used to live in Mexico and this recipe isn’t really authentic at all plus it is very bland.
After making it once exactly as written, I made it a 2nd time with the following changes:
- Substitute jalapeno pepper for Serrano, and use 3-4 serrano peppers.
-Boil raw, bone in chicken breasts with just enough water to cover chicken, a tsp of chicken bouillon per cup of water, few garlic cloves minced, ½ onion
-Once chicken is no longer pink, take out of broth and set aside. Meanwhile -
- Sautee tomatillos, Serrano peppers, 3 garlic cloves, ½ medium onion in pan with 1/3-1/4 cup chicken broth you have from cooking your chicken. After the tomatoes have turned slightly brown on all sides, puree in blender with 1 tsp of oregano.
Once sauce is pureed to the consistency you like, take chicken off bone and spoon sauce over chicken. Since the chicken broth will be salty from the boullion, I let each person salt according to their own taste. I like to top with cilantro, queso fresco, lettuce, and a bit of lime juice. I eat it with fresh corn tortillas so it is almost more like enchiladas but it tastes much better than the original recipe.
This is yet another Terrific chicken dish that can be made fast and inexpensively. The cilantro is so fresh tasting and the tartness from the tomatillos is a great flavor combo. Pinto beans. Mexican rice completed dinner. Avon congrats on a winner winner chicken dinner! Thank you so much:) much love to You, Patty
Soo very good!! I couldn't find Oaxacan cheese, so had to use Jack, maybe added a touch more garlic. Will make many times! Thanks Avon. Looking forward to leftovers. Delicious!!! UPDATE! I have since found Oaxacan cheese at our little Mexican market. I like it better than the Jack if you can find it!
This is AWESOME!! I love this mole. I have never tried a green mole but it was delicious and the combination of the cooked and raw mole were such great compliments to each other ! I also left the seeds from the jalapenos in for a little extra kick. Thanks for sharing this recipe, its going to become a new regular recipe here. Just wanted to add another note, I used my left over to make enchiladas and they were awesome! I shredded the chicken and kept the cooked sauce with the shredded chicken. Filled the tortillas with the mixture, topped them with the raw mole and then cheese and baked them! Ahhh Heaven :)
This was a pleasant surprise for me. I really don't enjoy chicken in Mexican food but I decided to jump in and try this even if the Hubs was the only one to eat it. I have never worked with tomatillos before but have a Hispanic produce stand readily available and they weren't too hard to come by. Too bad they don't carry the cheese because I absolutely could not find the Oaxacan Cheese. Anyway I loved this dish! The best part of it is the contrast between the cooked and fresh verde mole. I used a shredded Mexican blend cheese and halved the recipe with 3 chicken tenderloins. There was more than enough verde mole for that much chicken and probably will be enjoyed on chips. Hubs said it is a keeper! Thanks Avon for the recipe and for opening my eyes to what I might have missed out on!
I have had this recipe since Avon first shared it, just waiting until I was able to get fresh tomatillo and Oaxacan cheese at the same time. I finally succeeded and we enjoyed this yesterday. I used bone in breasts and thighs. I love how the salsa changes subly between cooked and uncooked. Great recipe, Avon, thanks for sharing.
Man, I hate to rain on a parade, but DH and I both thought this dish to be quite bland. But the leftovers, mixed with refried beans and rice (that I served with dinner) made a pretty tasty burrito.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 402
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