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MOLE POBLANO DE POLLO

Category:    Chicken
Yield: 6 servings
 
      4    Chiles mulatos                      2    Cloves
      2    Chiles anchos                       5    Peppercorns
      3    Chiles pasillas                   1/2    In Cinnamon stick
    1/4 c  Shortening (lard if you're        1/8 ts Cilantro seeds and
           -being traditional)               1/8 ts Aniseed, toasted together
           ;Water, warm, to cover            1/2 tb Reserved chili seeds,
           *CHICKEN*                                -toasted separately
      1    Chicken, 4 lb                       3 tb Sesame seeds, toasted
      4 tb Shortening (or lard)                2    Garlic cloves, toasted
      1 sm Carrot; sliced                      3 tb Shortening
      1 sm Onion; sliced                       1 tb Raisins
      1    Garlic clove; peeled               10    Almonds, unblanched
      1 tb Salt                                1 oz Pumpkin seeds
      3    Peppercorns                         1    Corn tortilla, stale
           ;Water to cover                     3    Croutons stale French bread
    1/2 c  ;Water                              1 oz Mexican chocolate
    1/4 c  Shortening (or lard)                2 c  Chicken stock
    1/4 c  Tomatillos; drained            
 
  *CHILES*
  
  The day before, slit the chiles open with a knife and remove the seeds and
  veins, reserving at least 1/2 tablespoon of the seeds.  Heat the shortening
  and quickly fry the chiles on both sides.  Take care that they do not burn,
  and be careful how you inhale the fumes, unless you want a seared windpipe.
  Put the chiles into a bowl, cover them with water, and leave them to stand
  overnight.
  
  On serving day:  preheat the oven to 325 F.  Cut the chicken into serving
  pieces.  Set the giblets aside.  Melt 3 tablespoons lard and brown the
  chicken pieces well.  Drain off the excess fat.  Cover the pan and braise
  the chicken in the oven, without liquid, until it is tender---40 to 60
  minutes, depending on toughness.  Put the giblets into the pan with the
  rest of the ingredients.  Cover them with water and bring them to a boil.
  Lower the flame and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Strain the broth and
  set it aside.
  
  When the chicken is cooked, pour off the juices in the pan and set them
  aside to cool, then skim off the fat and add them to the giblet broth. Set
  it aside.  Blend the chiles with the water until smooth---you may have to
  do them in two or three lots but try not to add more water. Melt the
  shortening, and when it is hot but not smoking, cook the chili puree over a
  medium flame for about 10 minutes, stirring it all the time. Keep a lid
  handy, as it will splatter about.  Set it aside. Put the tomatillos in a
  blender or food processor.
  
  Put the spices into a spice grinder and add the toasted, cooled seeds,
  reserving 2 tablespoons of the sesame seeds for later use.  Grind the
  spices and seeds finely and transfer them to the blender jar.  Add the
  toasted garlic to the blender jar.
  
  Melt three tablespoons of shortening in the frying pan and fry the raisins
  briefly, just until they puff up, and transfer them with a slotted spoon to
  the blender jar.  In the same pan fry the almonds, stirring them all the
  time, until they are well browned.  Remove with a slotted spoon and crush
  them a little before adding them to the blender jar. In the same pan fry
  the pumpkin seeds lightly, but have a lid handy, as they pop about
  explosively.  Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the blender. In the
  same pan fry the tortilla until very crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and
  crush it a little before adding it to the blender. In the same pan fry the
  bread until crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon and crush. Add it to
  the blender jar. Blend all the ingredients together until they form a
  smooth paste. If it is absolutely necessary to add some liquid to blend it
  effectively, then add a little chicken broth.
  
  Add the blended mixture ot the chile sauce and cook over a brisk flame for
  about five minutes, stirring the mixture constantly.  Break the chocolate
  into small pieces and add it to the mixture.  Continue cooking the _mole_
  for about 10 minutes more, stirring it all the time so it does not stick.
  Add the broth and continue cooking the _mole_ for a minimum of 40 minutes.
  Add salt as necessary, then add the chicken pieces and heat them through.
  Serve individually, sprinkled with some of the reserved toasted sesame
  seeds.
  
  The Cuisines of Mexico Diana Kennedy
 

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