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Turkey Mole

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Notes: Crush anise seed with the bottom of a glass. To use leftover cooked turkey or chicken, omit raw turkey and oil. Add 4 cups shredded cooked meat to prepared sauce and simmer until warm. Serve with warm tortillas.


  • 3 dried New Mexico or California chilies (1 oz. total)
  • 1 dried pasilla chili (1/4 oz.)
  • 4 to 6 dried small hot red chilies (1/8 oz. total)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed
  • 1 corn tortilla (6 in.), torn into pieces
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise seed, crushed (see notes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 2 pounds boned, skinned turkey breast or thighs, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • About 2 teaspoons salad oil
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 313
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • protein 44 g
  • fat 9.9 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • sodium 355 mg
  • cholesterol 94 mg

How to Make It

  1. Wipe New Mexico, pasilla, and small chilies clean with a damp cloth. Stem and seed chilies, then place in a bowl with hot water to cover. Let stand until chilies are pliable, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Drain chilies, reserving liquid.

  3. In a food processor or blender, whirl chilies, peanut butter, sesame seed, tortilla, onion, tomato paste, chocolate, anise seed, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and broth until smoothly ground.

  4. In a 5- to 6-quart pan (preferably nonstick) over medium-high heat, brown half of the turkey in 1 teaspoon oil, turning as needed, about 8 minutes. (With a regular pan, you may need a little more oil.) Pour into a bowl; repeat to cook remaining turkey in oil and pour into bowl.

  5. Add chili mixture to pan. Stirring often, bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes to blend flavors; stir often.

  6. Add turkey and any juices to sauce. Stir in about 1/2 cup reserved chili water to thin sauce. Season to taste with salt.