June 28, 2012

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

from foodnetwork.com 

Instead of baking the enchiladas in a casserole dish, we rolled them individually, put extra sauce on top, and sprinkled individually with the queso fresco.

2 chicken breasts
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1/2 C olive oil

5 dried pasilla chiles or dried anocho chiles, stemmed and seeded (we used 2 jalapenos, toasted them, cut them, took out seeds, and blended them)
1/2 C hot water
2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, grilled crisp, recipe follows (or handful of regular tortilla chips)
2 T olive oil
1 or 1 1/2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 3/4 C chicken stock
3 T smooth peanut butter
1 T sugar
1 t dried oregano
5.5 oz. Mexican chocolate, chopped, (recommended: Ibarra; if no Mexican chocolate substitute 1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, 1/2 t cinnamon, and drop of almond extract)
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(we also added 1 T paprika, 1 T cumin, 1 t cinnamon)


12 corn tortillas, warmed
olive oil, as needed
1/4 C creme fraiche or sour cream
3/4 C queso fresco or mild feta

For the chicken breasts: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a baking sheet, season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through, or, set aside to cool, then shred into small (1-inch) pieces. (To cook chicken, instead we cooked breasts at medium heat in pan, picked off skin, tore it apart.)

For the Mole: Reconstitute the dried chiles by soaking them in 1 1/2 cups hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and set aside (or prepare jalapenos as we did, above). Grill the 2 corn tortillas in a grill pan until dry, crisp and golden. Tear into pieces and set aside. In a heavy large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, season with a little salt and saute 3 minutes, or until translucent. Then add the minced garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer onion and garlic mixture to blender with all remaining mole ingredients (except for the chocolate and chicken) and blend until very smooth. Then transfer the sauce to a medium saute pan and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in the chocolate. Season the mole with salt and pepper to taste. Reserve 1 cup of mole for garnishing the enchiladas, the rest will be used for dipping the tortillas.

To assemble the enchiladas: Re-heat the shredded chicken if necessary and keep warm. In a medium saute pan (wide enough to fit the tortillas laying flat) over high heat add the oil to reach 1/2-inch up the side. When oil is hot, dip one tortilla at a time, and fry for a few seconds just until soft and heated through. Lift out, let excess oil drip, then dip the fried tortilla directly into the warm mole (which should be right next to the pan for easy dipping) and place on a cutting board. Working quickly, put about 1/3 cup of the warm shredded chicken in the center, being careful not to over fill. Roll the tortilla like a cigar to enclose the filling and place in serving dish seam side down. (Individual gratin dishes work great to hold the extra mole sauce or if serving family style, a baking dish will work as well.) If necessary, use tongs or a spatula to place each enchilada seam side down in the dish. Continue to fill all of the tortillas and place them side-by-side. Pour the remaining, reserved mole over the top, drizzle with a little creme fraiche, sprinkle with queso fresco, and serve.

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