Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Savory Chocolate: Cocoa Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Mole-Chocolate Sauce



So, this month I am participating for the first time in Dispensing Hapiness's BLOGPARTY!
This month is themed as Chocolate, so I just had to join. Blogparties are a virtual party, and to participate, you have to make an appetizer and a drink. For the appetizer I made chicken kabobs rubber with cocoa and salt and chocolate-mole sauce to accompany it. I would have made a chocolate soda (chocolate syrup with sparkling water), but I never got around to it! Oh well, I made it in spirit.

This time my method for giving you the recipe is a bit different from usual. Instead of writing out the recipe here and having a couple of pictures on Flikr, I have a picture of every step and the instruction written in the title/description of the picture. Tell me how it works!

For the rub, I followed the instructions in the Sharffen-Berger "The Essence of Chocolate" for the cocoa rub (2 parts cocoa for 1 part salt), but my family and I found it too salty. Also I made way more than I needed, so I scaled down the recipe and decreased the salt a bit for you. Otherwise, the chicken was very flavorful. It is necessary to start out with a very hot barbecue and then lower the temperature to have a crunchy exterior.

For the sauce (which I recommend you make 2 hours advance so that you don't have to bother with it while you are cooking the chicken) I just put together a few ingredients that I felt would go well with chocolate, inspired by mole. Again, I made more than I needed, but I have not scaled down the recipe here.
After cooking the sauce and tasting it regularly, my stomach starting feeling sick with the combination. I was unable to eat it with or without the chicken. On the other hand, my family loved it, especially my dad who declared that it complemented the skewers perfectly!

Anyways, here are the ingredients

Sauce:
  • 5 oz good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 anaheim pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeƱo pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 (14-14.5 oz) can of diced/crushed tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Instructions/pics
Chicken skewers:
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder (unsweetened, not Dutch-processed)
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 1.1-1.2 lbs of boneless skinless thighs (you can use breasts if you really want)
  • Instructions/pics

And for the non-existent chocolate soda
  • Put 1-2 tbsp chocolate syrup in a tall glass and fill it with sparkling water
  • An ice cream scoop is optional
Have fun with savory chocolate!

5 comments:

Matthieu Devin said...

Yes, yes, the sauce complemented the chicken perfectly! It's true. Mind you, it's not a light sauce, it has some good taste and I understand that weak stomachs may find it a bit heavy (ah ah ah :) )

-- the author's dad

Matthieu Devin said...

AH it's cool to see the instructions on Flickr! But I had to look 2 times in the post to find the link to them.
Maybe a larger "INSTRUCTIONS" link would have helped.

-- Matthieu

happy said...

ok
I will do that

Debinhawaii said...

I just viewed the round up and wanted to say how great these looked and sounded! I love all the pictures and your insructions! I don't do the step by step stuff enough myself. Great job!

Natashya said...

Holey mole. These look really good. I have always wanted to try making a mole sauce. Great work!