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Mexican Chicken

with Chile Chocolate Sauce
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Mexican Chicken

Mexican Chicken - A Central American classic with subtle, yet spicy flavors

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Nutritional values

Besides lots of taste, you get plenty of iron, necessary for the build-up of red blood cells, magnesium, important for good nerves and strong muscles, as well as zinc, which is essential for a fast reacting immune system.

For the chicken, you can also use canned tomatoes - this saves time and also produces an intense aroma.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie539 cal.(26 %)
Protein53 g(54 %)
Fat32 g(28 %)
Carbohydrates7 g(5 %)
Sugar added3 g(12 %)
Roughage4.5 g(15 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E3 mg(25 %)
Vitamin B₁0.3 mg(30 %)
Vitamin B₂0.6 mg(55 %)
Niacin23.4 mg(195 %)
Vitamin B₆0.7 mg(50 %)
Folate50 μg(17 %)
Pantothenic acid2.2 mg(37 %)
Biotin12.5 μg(28 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.7 μg(23 %)
Vitamin C5 mg(5 %)
Potassium720 mg(18 %)
Calcium88 mg(9 %)
Magnesium110 mg(37 %)
Iron4.9 mg(33 %)
Iodine3 μg(2 %)
Zinc3.9 mg(49 %)
Saturated fatty acids8.5 g
Uric acid323 mg
Cholesterol149 mg
Development of this recipe:


3 dried chili peppers
4 Tomatoes (about 300 grams)
2 onions (about 100 grams)
2 garlic cloves
1 oz Shelled peanut
1 oz almonds
1 pinch ground cloves
2 tsps ground cinnamon
3 Tbsps olive oil
1 ¾ cups Chicken broth
2 ozs Chocolate (70% cocoa)
1 tsp cocoa powder
6 Chicken legs
2 tsps Sesame seeds
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Kitchen utensils

1 Pot, 1 Skillet, 1 Bowl, 1 Roasting pan, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Food processor, 1 Small bowl, 1 Immersion blender, 1 Lid

Preparation steps

Mexican Chicken preparation step 1

Remove seeds from chile peppers. Toast chiles in a heavy pan over high heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 2

Place chiles in a bowl, cover with hot water and soak for 30 minutes.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 3

Rinse tomatoes, cut out stem ends, cut in half and squeeze out the seeds.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 4

Lay tomatoes, skin side up, on a baking sheet and roast under a preheated broiler until the skin is black and peels back from the tomatoes. Remove tomatoes from the oven and remove skin.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 5

Using an immersion blender or food processor, purée tomatoes and set aside.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 6

Peel the onions and garlic and coarsely chop. Remove chiles from the water. Combine chiles with onions, garlic, peanuts, almonds, cloves and cinnamon. Purée the mixture.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 7

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan over high heat. Add the onion mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 8

Add the tomato purée and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 9

Place mixture in a pot. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 10

Roughly chop the chocolate and add to onion mixture. After 20 minutes of cooking, add the cocoa powder to the onion mixture, stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 11

Rinse chicken, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Coat roasting pan with remaining oil. Place chicken in roasting pan.

Mexican Chicken preparation step 12

Bring the chocolate sauce to a boil and reduce heat to just keep warm. Ladle some of the sauce over the chicken. Cover roasting pan and place in preheated oven at 180°C (fan: 160°C, gas mark 2-3) (approximately 350°F/convection 325°F). Bake for 1 hour. Toast sesame seeds in a small, dry skillet. Serve chicken with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.