Between family life, running a business and working with clients, there are many nights when I am too tired to get in the kitchen and cook. I know we’re supposed to be cooking healthy meals for the fam. But I’m going to be real here – sometimes the easiest way to feed them is to pick up a pizza or grilled chicken from our favorite restaurant.
Don’t get me wrong. We don’t have takeout all the time. I like to cook easy meals that will get me in and out of the kitchen quick-style.
My favorite food to cook is chicken mole. It’s a well-known Mexican dish and I got the recipe from my mom. She got the recipe from my grandmother. Now grandma prepared the mole sauce from scratch so she only made that on special occasions.
But my mom never made her chicken mole like my grandma did. She used DOÑA MARÍA® mole paste. It has the same rich flavor as if it was prepared the old fashioned way. And it cuts the cooking time by an hour so it was a regular at our house.
The scent from the spices cooking reminds me of when I was a little girl. You see, we didn’t grow up on take out like my kids did. My mom cooked every night – except on Fridays when dad got paid. Another great tradition she passed on to me, hehe.
My mom was a typical Latina mom. We had to play outside until it was time for dinner. My sister, brother and I would be outside playing kickball or hanging out with our friends on our front porch and oh man I could smell the aroma coming from our house!
My favorite about the DOÑA MARÍA® mole paste was the jars. I used to collect them and use them as glasses. My sister and I used to pretend they were expensive crystal and we’d make a toast before drinking our juice, hehe.
When I had a family of my own, I watched how my mom made her chicken mole. She never used a measuring cup so when she’d explain what seasonings she added she’d say “just go like this” and make a gesture to sprinkle the seasonings instead of telling me how many teaspoons or tablespoons to use.
It took me a long time to get the “just go like this” measurements for my mole sauce to come out just like my mom’s. It’s a good thing I used measuring utensils and wrote it down.
And just a couple of weeks ago my mom gave my daughter her chicken mole recipe. That’s three generations using DOÑA MARÍA® mole paste! Isn’t that cool?
My mom hasn’t cooked since she became ill but I always take her a plate when I cook it at home or we make it when the family gets together at my parent’s house. This is one dish we never get tired of.
So here is the recipe for my mom’s easy chicken mole. I hope you like it!
Easy Chicken Mole
I told you using DOÑA MARÍA® mole paste made cooking this dish easy peasy. You can find DOÑA MARÍA® products at your local grocery store or at bigger grocery chains. Just look in the hispanic or international food aisle.
You can also get more recipes using the other DOÑA MARÍA® products, click on over to their website for more traditional recipe favorites.