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Green Mole Chicken (Pollo en Mole Verde)

A bright, brilliantly flavorful green mole, chock full of garlic, cilantro, and tomatillos, with perfectly flavored and tender chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, green mole, pollo en mole verde
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 669 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1 (3-4 pounds) whole chicken , cut into 8 pieces, or four whole chicken legs (drumstick plus thigh)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro stems
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces tomatillos , peeled, rinsed, and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños , stemmed and chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt , plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 (8-inch) flour tortillas , toasted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

For serving

  • 1 flour tortillas for serving , optional
  • 2 cups rice for serving , optional


  1. Cook the chicken: Place chicken, cilantro, salt, peppercorns, garlic, onion, bay leaf, and 12 cups water in a 6-qt. saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from saucepan and strain liquid through a fine strainer; reserve 4 cups, and save remaining liquid for another use. Set chicken and liquid aside.
  3. Heat tomatillos and jalapeños in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until darkened and thick, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender with cilantro, salt, garlic, tortillas, and 1 cup reserved cooking liquid; puree.
  4. Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add tomatillo sauce and fry, stirring constantly, until it thickens into a paste, about 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining cooking liquid and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes.
  5. Add chicken pieces and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with Mexican rice and tortillas.

Nutrition Facts
Green Mole Chicken (Pollo en Mole Verde)
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 669 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 2858mg124%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 121g40%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.