Yucatan Marinated Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Red Chile Mole Sauce

  • Yield : 8 appetizer servings
  • Prep Time : 25m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 5m
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  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Peanut-Red Chile Mole Sauce, recipe follows
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • Special equipment: Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 mulato chiles, stems removed
  • 3 New Mexican red chiles, stems removed
  • 8 cups homemade chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 blue corn tortillas, coarsely chopped


Step 1

Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, chile powder, and garlic in a non-reactive large baking dish. Add chicken cubes and turn to coat. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Prepare a charcoal or wood fire and let it burn down to embers, or preheat the broiler.

Step 3

Thread each piece of chicken onto a skewer. Season with salt and grill for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through completely. Place each skewer in a Bibb lettuce leaf, drizzle with Peanut-Red Chile Mole Sauce, and garnish with cilantro and mint.

Step 4

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the mango, peanuts, sesame seeds, ginger, allspice, and cloves and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the cinnamon, chiles, and stock, and season with salt and pepper; cook for 1 hour. Add the tortillas and cook for another hour.

Step 5

Remove cinnamon sticks and carefully ladle the hot mixture, in batches, into a blender* and blend until smooth. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a clean saucepan and cook until slightly thickened.

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