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Yucatan Chicken in Red Sesame Sauce

Photo: Susie Cushner
Prep time 20 mins
Other time 55 mins
Yield Serves 4


  • 3 ancho or other mild dried chilies
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into eight pieces
  • 2 cups canned chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups (1 14.5-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 6-inch corn tortillas, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Toasted Corn Tortillas

Nutrition Information

  • calcium 109 mg
  • calories 760
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • cholesterol 208 mg
  • fat 45 g
  • fiber 8 g
  • iron 7 mg
  • protein 62 mg
  • satfat 10 g
  • sodium 263 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, soak the chilies and raisins in 1 cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown the chicken until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side (do in two batches if necessary). Remove the chicken and pour off the oil. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and add the chicken, chilies, raisins, and all the remaining ingredients. Stir. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, turning twice during cooking.

  3. Remove the chicken from the skillet and cover to keep warm. Place the sauce in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with additional sesame seeds. Serve with Toasted Corn Tortillas or plain white rice, if desired.