Welcome to my kitchen, my dear friends. I am so delighted to share with you this exquisite recipe today – the Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce from Betty Goes Vegan Recipe. This dish is an explosion of flavors and textures that will simply take your taste buds on a journey like never before.
If you’re new to the world of vegan food or looking for an exciting vegetarian recipe, this dish is perfect for you. The mole paste, which is the star of the show, is made with a blend of spices and cocoa powder that gives it a unique flavor and aroma that perfectly complements the vegan chicken. And of course, we can’t forget about the fresh cilantro and spicy sriracha sauce that add the perfect kick to balance out the sweetness of the sauce.
You may be wondering what makes this recipe so special. Well, let me tell you. First, it’s incredibly easy to make – even if you’re a novice cook. Secondly, it’s filled with all the deliciousness and richness of traditional chicken mole, but without any animal products! Yep, you heard that right – this dish is 100% vegan.
So come on over to my kitchen and let’s get cooking! Trust me when I say that this Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce from Betty Goes Vegan Recipe will leave you feeling satisfied, nourished and wanting more.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Oh, my dear ones, let me tell you why you will love this recipe of Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce from the renowned Betty Goes Vegan recipe! First and foremost, you will be delighted at the rich and robust flavors of this dish that will leave your taste buds cheering in triumph. Tender vegan chicken coated in a luscious sauce made of mole paste mixed with olive oil, wine, and broth water. This masterpiece is an expression of beauty, complexity, and depth that only the art of cooking can provide.
But wait, there’s more! This dish is not only scrumptious but also exciting to prepare. With a plethora of spices such as cinnamon, cumin, cocoa powder, and cayenne pepper combined with tomatoes, red onion, garlic clove, sesame seeds, and cilantro leaves make for an exquisite bouquet of aromas that will take your senses on a delightful journey.
You might be wondering: “But I’m vegetarian? Can I still enjoy this deliciousness?” Absolutely! The recipe can be easily customized to fit your dietary preferences – either by substituting the vegan chicken with broccoli or cauliflower or replacing some ingredients in the mole sauce with vegetable mole.
Finally – if taste and convenience weren’t enough – let me remind you that this recipe is also healthy! With wholesome ingredients like brown rice and broccoli included as side dishes to complement the main entree. Each serving guarantees to provide you with all the nutrients you need to rock your day in full swing.
In conclusion, this Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce is perfect for anyone who loves food romance but wants to keep it healthy. Whether you are a seasoned cook or just starting out afraid; this easy-to-follow recipe will make anyone feel like a master chef! So why wait any longer? Visit Betty Goes Vegan right now for an enchanting culinary experience that meets Shannons cooks without borders.
Before we start cooking, let’s gather all the ingredients for our delicious Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce recipe from Betty Goes Vegan. Trust me, this savory dish loaded with rich mole sauce will blow your socks off. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
- Red onion: 1 small chopped
- Garlic clove: 1 minced
- Mole paste: 2 tablespoons
- Broth water: 1/2 cup
- Cocoa powder: 2 tablespoons
- Cinnamon: 1/4 teaspoon
- Cumin: 1/4 teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper: A pinch (or to taste)
- A can of crushed or diced tomatoes: 14 oz.
- Vegan chicken strips: 10 oz.
- A splash of red or white wine
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Make sure to grab all these items so you will not have any interruption during your cooking process!
The Recipe How-To
Now, let’s get to the main event – making the Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce. Don’t be intimidated by the mole sauce – it’s surprisingly easy to make!
For the Vegan Chicken:
- 1 package of vegan chicken (16 oz)
- 2 cups of water or vegetable broth
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
For the Mole Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 medium-sized red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup of mole paste
- 1/2 cup of red wine or broth water
- 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- salt to taste
- Begin by preparing the vegan chicken. In a medium-sized pot add the vegan chicken and enough water or vegetable broth to cover it completely. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat and let it simmer for around 30 minutes or until opaque and tender.
- Once cooked, remove from heat and drain off any remaining liquid.
Set aside the vegan chicken to cool down to room temperature.
Next, make the mole sauce. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant.
- Stir in mole paste and red wine (or broth water).
- Add diced tomatoes with their juice to the saucepan along with cocoa powder.
- Cover and simmer for at least half-hour, stirring occasionally.
Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
When the Vegan Chicken has cooled enough, chop it into small pieces.
Add chopped Vegan Chicken to Mole Sauce and continue cooking for another five minutes or until everything is well combined.
Let your dish sit for a minute or two before serving to let all those flavors meld together.
For an even richer flavor, cook this dish in a slow cooker on low heat for four hours.
Now that you’ve got your delicious vegan chicken in mole sauce, check out my suggestions on how best to serve them!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you a fan of switching things up in the kitchen? Then you’ll love experimenting with substitutions and variations for this Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce recipe.
If you’re looking to increase your veggie intake, try replacing the vegan chicken with cauliflower or broccoli florets. Roast them in the oven to give them a crispy texture before mixing with the mole sauce.
Want a spicier kick? Add a dash of sriracha sauce or more cayenne pepper to the mole sauce. Just be sure to taste as you go and adjust accordingly!
For a richer flavor profile, swap out the vegetable broth/water for red wine when making the mole sauce. This will enhance its depth and make each bite more decadent.
Feeling adventurous? Try making a vegetable mole using the same recipe but without the inclusion of the vegan chicken. Use poblano peppers instead of tomatoes for a smokier flavor, and sprinkle sesame seeds on top of each serving.
Don’t have access to mole paste? Make your own from scratch by mixing together cocoa powder, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. This way you can also adjust the spice level to your liking.
No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to experiment with, this Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce recipe will always be a winner. So go ahead, let your taste buds lead the way and get creative in the kitchen!
Serving and Pairing
Oh, my friends! You’ll want to savor this vegan chicken in mole sauce with every bite. But what shall we pair it with?
I often serve this dish with fluffy, nutty brown rice that will carry the bold flavors of the sauce while providing a neutral base for the dish. The tender grains allow you to soak up all that saucy goodness from every corner of your plate.
When I’m feeling extra feisty, I like to drizzle a touch of sriracha sauce over the top for a little added kick. Trust me, if you’re into hot sauces like I am, this is a game-changer!
If we’re going for something a bit more romantic, you can’t go wrong with a full-bodied glass of wine. A red wine like Cabernet or Shiraz complements the bold spices and depth of this flavorful chicken mole.
For veggies lovers out there, you can add some broccoli or cauliflower on the side for an extra nutrient boost. Or better yet, try making mole enchiladas with vegan chicken and some vegetable mole loaded with poblano recipe. Yes, mole enchiladas recipe made using Betty Goes Vegan recipe.
Oh, have I mentioned yet that cilantro is life? Don’t skimp on this green herb! Chopped up fresh cilantro adds such brightness to the dish while elevating the flavor profile. Sprinkle sesame seeds and red onion slices over the bed of brown rice as well to give your presentation some style points.
This vegan chicken in mole sauce tastes like chicken but without harming any animals or borders! It’s accidentally vegan food at it’s best and pairs perfectly with so many sides and drinks. With all these options, you’ll find yourself daydreaming about the next time you can whip up this dish again and set your taste buds on fire!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Now that you’ve prepared this delectable vegan chicken in mole sauce recipe, you’ll want to know how to store it properly for future enjoyment. Luckily, the leftovers of this dish can be stored with ease and reheated for a satisfying meal anytime.
If you have some in advance, this dish can be made ahead of time as a meal prep. Simply cook the vegan chicken and mole sauce, and store them separately in airtight containers. When you’re ready to enjoy again, reheat each component separately on the stove or in the microwave before assembling.
If you’ve already combined the vegan chicken and mole sauce, transfer it to an airtight container and let it cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator. The dish will keep for up to 4 days when properly stored.
Reheating this delicious meal is easy, simply place a portion of your vegan chicken mole into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for two to three minutes, stirring occasionally. To reheat on the stovetop, transfer all or a portion of the dish into a saucepan and add broth or water. Let it simmer over low heat until heated through.
Mole sauce tends to thicken as it cools down so you may need to add extra liquid when reheating it. You can use broth or water for this as well adding extra spices as needed. Additionally, if you find that your dish has become dry after reheating simply drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it before serving.
Whether as part of your weekly 30-day meal plan or just for meal prepping, these tips will help ensure that your vegan chicken mole enchiladas recipe stays fresh and tasty for days after without losing its mouth-watering flavors.
Tips for Perfect Results
As a vegan chef, I have learned some tips and tricks to make the most of every recipe. Here are some specific tips to help you achieve perfect results when cooking Betty Goes Vegan’s Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce recipe.
First, be sure to brown your vegan chicken before adding it to the mole sauce. This will ensure a crispy texture and add depth to the flavor.
Second, use high-quality mole paste. This is the heart of the dish, so it’s important to use a good quality paste. You can find mole paste in most grocery stores these days or even online.
Third, use a slow-cooker if you have one. Slow-cooking this recipe will intensify the flavors and make the sauce even richer.
Fourth, don’t be afraid to use wine in your recipe. Red wine adds a depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with mole sauce.
Fifth, garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds for added texture and flavor. The bright and fresh taste of cilantro complemented by the nutty flavor of sesame seeds is perfect for this dish.
Sixth, serve with brown rice or cauliflower rice for a gluten-free option. Brown rice has a nutty flavor that complements the dish well while cauliflower rice provides a light yet satisfying substitute for rice.
Overall, remember that cooking is an art form that allows you to express yourself through flavors and techniques. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions according to your taste preferences. Try these tips out and see how close you come to replicating Betty Goes Vegan’s famous recipe!
Now, let’s answer some frequently asked questions regarding this Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce recipe. It’s important to clear up any hesitations or uncertainties about this dish so you can get the most out of it. So, let’s dive into some common concerns and hesitations regarding this recipe.
What is chicken mole sauce made of?
This recipe is for a rich and flavorful Mexican sauce and marinade called “Chicken in a Dark Red Mole”. It is made using a combination of chili pepper, spices, and nuts, and is commonly known simply as “mole”.
Is store bought mole vegan?
It’s crucial to bear in mind that not all mole pastes available in supermarkets or markets are suitable for vegans. Some may contain animal-derived ingredients like lard or chicken stock, hence it’s advisable to double-check the ingredient list before purchasing.
How do you make mole paste?
To begin with, the mole paste needs to be added to a pot in order to rejuvenate it. You should then add three times the amount of liquid, either chicken broth or plain water, before breaking up the paste. While continuously stirring the contents, let it simmer for a duration of 20 minutes. In the accompanying image, we are using this technique to prepare cheese enchiladas in conjunction with mole poblano.
Does mole A Sauce have chocolate in it?
Many individuals believe that mole sauce always includes chocolate, but this is a common misconception. In truth, there are different variations of mole sauces, and while some do include chocolate, others do not.
In conclusion, the Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce from Betty Goes Vegan recipe is a delicious and healthy dish that everyone must try. It is one of those dishes that food lovers won’t be able to resist once they try it. Whether you are a vegan or not, this recipe is one you should add to your collection.
The combination of the mole sauce with the vegan chicken creates a flavor explosion in your mouth that leaves you wanting more. The dish has an earthy and robust taste that can transport you to Mexico with every bite. Plus, it pairs beautifully with brown rice, cilantro, or broccoli for an even more wholesome meal.
Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you because this recipe is relatively easy to make. And if you’re worried about timing, simply make the mole sauce ahead of time and use it as a sauce or spread for other dishes.
This recipe brings together various cultures and cuisines in a beautiful and harmonious way. Best of all, it’s a great way to enjoy vegan food without compromising on taste. So go ahead and give this recipe a try today!
Vegan Chicken in Mole Sauce from Betty Goes Vegan Recipe
- cooking spray
- 3 cups vegan chicken (Gardein Chick'n Scallopini)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid, aminos Bragg's
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 14 ounces tomatoes, diced, Mexican flavor
- 1/2 cup wine, dry white
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup brown rice, cooked
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Spray a large frying pan with oil and put on medium heat. Once hot, add vegan chicken. Flip it and allow it to brown a bit. Toss is garlic, onion, sesame seeds, and the Baggs. Cook and flip until the onion is tender. Add the spices (only 1/2 teaspoon cumin). Put the chicken in a glass casserole dish in the oven while you make the sauce.
- Add the diced tomato , wine, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, olive oil, cocoa powder, Sriracha sauce, and cilantro to the onion mixture. Stir, then place chicken in the sauce and mix gently. Serve over rice and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds and lime wedges.
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