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Mexican Chicken

This Mexican Chicken recipe has a delightful twist ! Saucy, economic and so delicious. Your family would want more of this casserole !

Mexican Chicken

A Chicken dish with lots of sauce and it is delicious ?  Oh yes, this Mexican Chicken recipe is a must try !

Not all Chicken recipes are spicy. However, to add spiciness to a Chicken dish is just about always the right move, especially for chili lovers.

Mexican Chicken

I make the Mexican Chicken with and without adding chilies, depending on what we are in the mood for on a certain day.

Something else I have only realized a few years ago, is that chocolate is  a big yes, yes to add to savory Mexican dishes.

Not only does chocolate add a beautiful color, but richness to the sauce as well.  No, you will not have a chocolate sauce, not the type of dessert sauce anyway !

Mexican Chicken

Every now and then I also see actual Mexican chocolate on the internet. Unfortunately we do not have any in South-Africa (might have at speciality stores though).

But from the ingredients I noticed in the Mexican chocolate, I think I will stick to a normal Dark Chocolate – the type which is a little bitter, for this specific recipe.

Combining chocolate and chilies are also not a new thing !  I have had chocolate bars (dark) with added chilies and loves them.

Mexican Chicken

AND we know that chocolate and orange play well together !  Do try this recipe, with or without chilies and your family would not believe they just had a savory dish with chocolate as an ingredient.

Sticky, tender chicken in a rich sauce – deliciousness in under an hour !

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Mexican Chicken

Yield: 6 Servings

Mexican Chicken

Mexican Chicken

This Mexican Chicken recipe has a delightful twist ! Saucy, economic and so delicious. Your family would want more of this casserole !

Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 TB Olive Oil, extra-virgin
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 t Crushed Garlic, fresh
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Oranges, juice and grated peel
  • 2 t Dried Chili Flakes
  • 1 TB Coriander Seeds
  • 1 can ( 410 grams ) Chopped Tomatoes ( 14 oz can )
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 100 grams Dark Chocolate, chopped roughly ( 3.5 oz )
  • 1 Handful Cilantro, chopped, for serving
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C ( 350 deg F )
  2. Heat the Oil in a large oven proof pot (with a lid) - fry the Onions until just soft
  3. Add the Garlic and fry another minute - remove the Onions and Garlic and keep aside
  4. Season the Chicken with Salt and Pepper and brown in the same pot
  5. Return the Onions/Garlic to the pot and add the Orange juice, peel, Chili Flakes, Coriander Seeds, Tomatoes and Sugar
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes, cover and bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until the Chicken is done
  7. Remove the Chicken from the pot and keep aside
  8. Reduce the sauce on the stovetop and stir in the Chocolate - simmer and stir until the Chocolate has melted
  9. Return the Chicken to the pot and serve OR serve the sauce over the Chicken - sprinkled with Cilantro and Lime wedges on the side

Notes

  • Want spicy ? Add freshly chopped chilies (to taste) to step 5 and continue recipe instructions

Nutrition Information

Yield

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 600Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 189mgSodium 302mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 5gSugar 43gProtein 38g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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