Chicken Chocolate Sauce?
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Chocolate is a favorite all over the world, from popular chocolate gourmet gifts to the favorite chocolate covered strawberries. But have you ever heard of chocolate sauce over chicken?
The cacao bean originally comes from Central and South American, as you may know, and began as a sacred, bitter drink.
Since olden times, it has been used in many traditional recipes. Including chicken mole (sauce), a.k.a., chicken with chocolate sauce (no, not the traditional dessert chocolate sauce!)
I first tried a chicken chocolate sauce in, of all places…Kuwait…back in the 1980’s at an elegant dinner party. It was made by some newly-made American friends there, and followed a family recipe.
At first I thought I was going to be disgusted — I’m a really picky eater. But it was one of the most unusual and flavorful dishes I’d had in a long time.
Here is a somewhat simplified version of chicken chocolate sauce. If you want to serve a unique dinner, try this. Recipes and parties are always favorite senior activity ideas.
Use it at a sit-down dinner, as part of a buffet, themed party, or a pot-luck item. If you’re cooking for a large group, just modify the recipe. It can be used with small chicken pieces as well. I guarantee you’ll have your guests raving!
Chicken Chocolate Sauce Recipe
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Onion, chopped
- Pieces of chicken – for 6 people
- 1 Red pepper, chopped
- 2 Cups of canned chopped tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp Chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Grated orange rind (1 orange)
- 1 tsp honey
- 4 squares of bitter chocolate – chopped
- 1/4 c Light rum (optional)
- Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish
In a pan, heat the oil and cook the garlic, then add chicken and brown. Remove the chicken when done.
In the remaining oil and fat, cook the onion, green pepper, and tomato on Low for about 10 minutes until tender.
Add chili powder, blending well.
Add chicken broth, almonds, and raisins. Stir in well.
Add in the seasonings and orange rind. Cover, and simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.
Add in the chocolate pieces, and stir constantly until melted.
Put the mixture into a casserole dish.
Now put the chicken into the casserole on top of the mixture. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
Cover, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees (chicken should be tender).
Warm the rum in a separate pan, then pour it over the casserole.
Let it stand for about 15 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro, as desired.Makes 6 servings.
Also serve with sliced avocados and Spanish rice on the side.
Be sure to see the fun pages:
Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — We have a couple different versions for delicious sangria (perfect with chocolate chicken); including non-alcoholic types.
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries! — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! For all ages; also makes great senior activity ideas.