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Quick Easy Turkey Mole

  Turlkey mole tacos1

This is a quick and easy version of Mexico’s signature sauce - Mole. Traditional mole often has 20 ingredients or more and it can take all day to prepare. This simplified recipe uses some of the classic ingredients - cocoa, chili powder and ground nut butter – to deliver rich complexity to this smoky, savory sauce.  This is a great way to use up leftover turkey from a holiday meal, or perk up store bought rotisserie chicken. Serve with warm tortillas and brown rice.

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Serves 4

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder (use a high quality chili powder like Penzey's or Morton & Bassett)

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground allspice

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained (Muir Glen Fire Roasted work well)

¼ cup raisins

2 tablespoons ground almond butter or peanut butter

10 ounces leftover cooked turkey or chicken, shredded (about 2 cups)

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro leaves

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just shimmering. Add the onion, chili powder, cocoa powder, oregano, cinnamon, allspice and cloves and cook until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, raisins, and nut butter and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pan with wooden spoon, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

3. Puree the sauce in a blender (or food processor) until smooth. Return the sauce to the skillet, stir in the turkey or chicken and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more, adding additional broth as needed to thin the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve immediately over rice or in warmed tortillas.

Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Parsley-Caper Sauce and Mashed Yukon Golds

Spatchcock Roast Chicken Potatoes

Perfectly roasted chicken and creamy mashed potatoes may just be the epitome of comforting, home-cooked food. Spatchcock, or butterflied whole chicken is a popular method that splits, then flattens the chicken—yielding a roasted chicken in much less time. It also exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures. This simple recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is a breeze to prepare and produces spectacular results – dark golden skin, juicy succulent chicken and flavorful Yukon gold potatoes infused with savory chicken drippings. The parsley-caper sauce adds a burst of bright flavor and great color. Serve with your favorite vegetable – sautéed spinach, roasted carrots, or charred broccoli make perfect accompaniments.

For the Chicken and Potatoes:

1 (4-4 1/2-pound) whole chicken, giblets discarded

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and pepper

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 3/4 cups water

6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/2 cup half-and-half

2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

For the Parsley Sauce

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons capers, minced

1 small shallot, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Kosher salt and pepper



  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken breast side down on cutting board. Using kitchen shears, cut through bones on either side of backbone; discard backbone. Flip chicken over and press on breastbone to flatten. Tuck wingtips behind back. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Rub skin side of chicken with oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  1. Combine potatoes, water, garlic, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in 12-inch oven-safe skillet. Place chicken breast side up on top of potato mixture. Bring potato mixture to boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, transfer skillet to oven and roast until breast registers 160 degrees and thighs register 175 degrees, 50 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes, rotating skillet halfway through roasting.
  1. Remove chicken from oven and return skillet to stovetop. Transfer chicken to carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Bring potato mixture to simmer over medium-high heat (use caution! skillet handle will be hot). Cook until potatoes are fully tender and all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
  1. Off heat, use potato masher to coarsely smash potatoes, leaving some chunks intact. Stir in half-and-half and chives. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Carve chicken and serve with potatoes and parsley sauce.


  1. While the chicken roasts, prepare parsley-caper sauce. Combine parsley, oil, capers, shallot, and lemon juice in bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Spatchcock Roast Chicken Potatoes Prep  

Spatchcock Chicken Mashed Potatoes

Spatchcock Roast Chicken Potatoes Prep