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Red Chilli with Chicken and Chocolate

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    Red Chilli with Chicken and Chocolate

    Serves 8

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    A different take on a mole sauce! Chocolate will deepen the flavour of the tomatoes and create a glossy darker sauce that pleases both the eyes and the taste buds.

    1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
    2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 2.5 cm pieces
    2 medium onions, diced
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
    2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (45 ml) chilli powder
    2 tsp (10 ml) ground cumin
    1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano
    1 tsp (5 ml) black pepper
    2 Tbsp (40 ml) fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
    1 oz (28 g) bittersweet chocolate
    2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (45 ml) tomato paste
    1 - 28 oz (800 g) tin tomatoes, no salt added
    Juice of 2 limes
    2 cups (500 ml) cooked kidney beans
    1 cup (250 ml) cooked chickpeas
    1 green capsicum, seeded and chopped finely
    Additional bittersweet chocolate for garnish

    In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown well on all sides. If using cooked chicken, add with beans instead.

    Lower heat to medium, add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are soft. Add chilli powder, cumin, oregano, pepper, parsley and chocolate. Cook for 3 minutes while stirring.

    Add tomato paste and cook for about 3 minutes or until paste turns a deep golden red. Add tomatoes and lime juice and stir well. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour.

    Add kidney beans, chickpeas and green pepper. Simmer 20 minutes more or until heated through.

    Grate chocolate over each serving after adding your favourite toppings.

    Each serving contains: 1101 kilojoules; 17 g protein; 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 28 g carbohydrates; 8 g fibre; 100 mg sodium

    source: "Chilli", alive Australia #16, Winter 2013

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