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Warm Mexican spices, moist shredded chicken, with pops of hominy and pumpkin, Slow Cooker Mole Chicken, Hominy and Pumpkin Chili will be your new favorite chili recipe.
On many school mornings, you can find me making dinner. That’s right, I’m getting out my slow cooker and getting dinner ready first thing in the morning. What a lift I get from having the weight of making a healthy dinner off my shoulders. It is a serious sense of accomplishment. With Hamilton Beach Brands, Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid, I don’t have to worry if the recipe only cooks for 4 hours or 8 hours. Once it is done cooking, the slow cooker automatically turns to warm. No more over cooked, rubbery chicken for me. That is what I did with this recipe. This recipe only needs four hours for perfectly cooked chicken. I set the slow cooker in the morning and forgot about it until dinner time. Voilà, the chicken was perfectly cooked and the chili was still piping hot. Dinner was served.
Can you tell I really hate over cooked chicken? Another fantastic feature of the slow cooker is the temperature probe, genius! Throw a whole chicken into the slow cooker and set the probe. When your chicken is done, the slow cooker turns to warm. It doesn’t matter if it takes 4 hours, 5 hours or 8 hours. You don’t have to choose the time. Take that rubbery chicken. We no longer have to be satisfied with dry, rubbery chicken. We can all rejoice and eat beautifully moist and tender chicken.
I added a few of my favorite things to this chili, hominy and pumpkin. No one is going to know there is pumpkin puree in here. No need to tell your vegetable hating child. They can get all the fiber and nutrition and be none the wiser. As for hominy, have you tried it before? It was love at first bite for me a few years ago. It is pretty common in Mexican food, which makes it a natural in the mole chili. I buy mine in a can, and rinse and drain well just like I would with beans. It is dried corn that has been rehydrated in a mineral bath. Chances are you have had it in corn tortillas. If you haven’t tried it, this is a great dish to give it a whirl. I bet you will like it.
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Slow Cooker Mole Chicken, Hominy and Pumpkin Chili
- 1 tbsp. oil divided
- 4 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs skin removed
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt divided
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper.
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tsp. pureed chipotle in adobe sauce
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. allspice
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin puree
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 15.5 oz. can hominy, drained and rinsed
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tsp. oil.
Sprinkle both sides of chicken with ½ tsp. salt and pepper.
Brown chicken in the skillet for 4 minutes per side.
Place into the slow cooker.
Add remaining 2 tsp. oil to the skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, place on top of chicken in slow cooker
To the hot skillet, add chili powder, cocoa powder, garlic, chipotle, cumin, cinnamon and allspice. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Add chicken broth and stir together.
Carefully pour into a blender and add the pumpkin puree, tomatoes and peanut butter. Puree.
Pour over the chicken. Pour the hominy and red pepper on top.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
Take chicken out, and place on a cutting board.
Remove from the bone and cut into bite sized pieces.
Top with cilantro.
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