Holy Molé Chicken-Squash Posolé


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As I live in Texas, Mexican recipes are a big part of who I am as a cook. I love the festive flavors. Combining two of my favorite Mexican dishes, posole (hominy stew) and chicken mole (chicken in sauce), this stew will bring a warm spirit of Cinco de Mayo to dispel the winter doldrums! Serve with fresh made quesadillas filled with spinach and cheese and good Mexican beers or sangria.

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  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lg. white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 med. carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 C. 1/2-inch diced pumpkin, seeded and peeled (if pumpkin not in season, butternut or acorn squash may be substituted)
  • 1 14.5-oz. can hominy (white or gold), drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 15.5-oz. can kidney beans, (do not drain)
  • 1/2 4-oz. can diced green chilies (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 4 Tbs. smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 8.25-oz jarred prepared mole (this can be found in the Latin section of the grocery store)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 14.5-oz. cans chicken broth
  • Optional:
  • Sour cream, garnish
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, garnish
  • Warmed corn or flour tortillas, garnish

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In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, onion, garlic, carrots, red pepper and pumpkin. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is almost opaque. Remove from heat and cool for about 10 minutes.

Spray 5-qt. crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken-vegetable mixture into crock pot. Add next 5 ingredients; stir to combine.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together tomato paste, peanut butter, mole, cumin, oregano, chili powder, cinnamon, and 1 can chicken broth. Whisk until mixed thoroughly. If mixture is too thick, add about 1/2 cup of chicken stock or water. Pour mixture, along with other 2 cans of chicken broth over crock pot contents.

Place cover on crock pot and cook over low heat for 5-6 hours, or over high heat for 2-3 hours. If soup gets too thick, add chicken stock or water by 1/2-cup increments. This soup should be the consistency of a stew. If it gets too thin, add additional tomato paste in 1-tablespoon increments, stirring well to blend into broth. 

Ladle into bowls and garnish with sour cream and cilantro. Serve warmed tortillas alongside soup.

NOTE: As a cooking alternative, simmer in a Dutch oven on the stove top for 60 minutes. 

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