Roast whole chicken on a tray with rice and lime wedges on the side

Roast chicken with chocolate mole

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Dark chocolate and coffee are the keys to this deeply savoury, spicy mole sauce – perfect with marinated roast chicken, rice and lime wedges


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It may look like a scary amount of ingredients for the mole but, trust us, it’s worth it – the result is a deeply savoury, spicy sauce.



  • whole chicken 1.5kg
  • olive oil 1 tbsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tbsp, toasted and ground
  • coriander seeds 1 tbsp, toasted and ground
  • ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
  • sea salt flakes 1 tbsp
  • rice to serve
  • coriander to serve
  • lime wedges to serve


  • dried ancho chillies 2
  • dried chipotle chillies 2
  • dried guajillo chillies 2
  • onion 1, chopped
  • garlic 6 cloves
  • jalapeño chillies 1-2, deseeded and chopped
  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • dried oregano 1 tsp
  • instant espresso powder 1 tbsp
  • peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • chicken stock 400ml
  • dark chocolate 50g, finely chopped


  • Step 1

    About 6 hours before you want to make this recipe, spatchcock the chicken by using a sharp pair of scissors to cut down either side of the backbone. Turn it over so it is breast-side up, and press to flatten slightly. Pour over the olive oil and rub to evenly coat both sides. Mix together the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, black pepper and salt. Sprinkle and rub all over the chicken on both sides, then put into a bowl and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

  • Step 2

    To make the mole, put all of the dried chillies into a heatproof bowl and pour over just-boiled water from the kettle. Leave to soak for 15 minutes, then drain, remove the stalks and seeds, and discard these. Tip the chillies into a blender with the onion, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, oregano, espresso powder, peanut butter, stock and some seasoning, and whizz to a purée. Stir the chocolate into the sauce.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Pour the mole into a large baking tray (approximately 22cm x 35cm) and nestle the chicken on top, scraping any marinade over the chicken. Roast for 55 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and crisp, then cover the whole tray with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Bring the baking tray to the table, scatter with coriander leaves and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 635
  • Fat 36.5g
  • Saturates 10.8g
  • Carbs 16.9g
  • Sugars 12.2g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Protein 55.8g
  • Salt 1g