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This recipe for SPICED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY PUMPKIN MOLE SAUCE, by , is from GOURMET GIRLS COOKBOOK, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Renee Broemmelsick
Added: Tuesday, April 14, 2009


2 dried ancho chiles, stems removed, seeded, torn into large pieces
41/2 T. vegetable oil
1 3-inch diameter sliced white onion (1/2 inch thick) separated into rings
2 garlic cloves
1, 5 x3x 1 /2-inch-thick slice country white bread, crust trimmed
3/4 c. drained, diced canned tomatoes
3 1/2 c. low-salt chicken broth
4 canned chipotle chiles
1 c. canned pure pumpkin
1/3 c. whipping cream
2 t. dark brown sugar
8 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
fresh cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges

Heat heavy large pot over medium heat. Add chile pieces; toast until aromatic and lighter in color around edges, pressing with potato masher or back of fork and turning pieces, about 2 minutes. Set aside one 2-inch piece of chile for garnish; transfer remaining pieces to medium bowl. Cover chiles in bowl with hot water; soak until soft; about 30 minutes.

In same large pot, heat 1 1/2 T. oil over medium-high heat. Add onion rings and garlic. Sauté until brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to processor, leaving oil in pot. Add bread slice to pot; cook until golden, about 30 seconds per side. Transfer bread to processor (reserve pot). Add tomatoes to processor. Puree mixture until smooth. Transfer tomato puree to small bowl (do not clean processor). Drain ancho chiles and place in processor. Add 1/2 c. broth and 2 chipotle chiles. Puree until smooth. Add 1 T. oil to reserved pot. Heat over medium-high heat. Add ancho chile puree; cook until puree thickens and darkens, stirring often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add tomato puree. Simmer until thick, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Whisk in pumpkin and 3 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until mole thickens and reduces to 3 1/3 cups, about 30 minutes. Whisk in cream and sugar. Season to taste with salt. Puree 2 T. oil and chipotle chiles in small processor or force through sieve to make thick glaze. Transfer to bowl. (Mole and glaze can be made 3 days ahead. Cover separately and chill.) Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Rewarm mole. Spread chipotle glaze thinly over both sides of chicken breasts. Sprinkle chicken generously with salt. Grill until cooked through. about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plates. Spoon Mole over each. Crumble reserved ancho chile piece; sprinkle over chicken. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime.




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