Chicken with California Raisin Mole

California Raisin Marketing Board
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins


1cup California raisins, divided
-- Non-stick cooking spray
1-1/2teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2cup minced red onion
1/2teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1/2teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
1-1/2teaspoon chilli powder
1/2teaspoon sugar
1/2teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2teaspoon minced garlic
1/4teaspoon ground cloves
1teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1tablespoon peanut butter
1/3cup chicken broth
1/2cup (3 ounces) diced fresh tomatoes
3/4teaspoon salt, to taste
6-- boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
3/8teaspoon pepper, to taste


  1. Mole: Lightly coat the bowl and blade of a food processor with non-stick cooking spray and purée 3/4 cup of the raisins to yield 1/4 cup of raisin paste*. (The paste will be very sticky). Set aside.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over high heat; add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently until golden brown. Stir in the crushed coriander and anise seeds. Then add the chili powder, sugar, cinnamon, garlic and cloves; cook the mixture for 1 minute over moderate heat, stirring constantly. Add the cocoa powder, peanut butter, chicken broth, tomatoes, raisin paste, reserved raisins and salt; simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly.
  3. To Serve: Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through. Place each breast on a serving plate and surround with about 1/4 cup of sauce. Serve with warm tortillas.

Note: Commercially prepared California raisin paste is available from foodservice and industrial suppliers. To make your own raisin paste, grind or process in a food processor whole California raisins equal to twice the amount of raisin paste required (3/4 cup natural raisins) until very finely chopped and smooth.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 260
  • Glycemic Load 11.91
  • Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 75mg
  • Sodium 470mg
  • Potassium 520mg
  • Carbohydrate 23g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 29g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 6%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 10%