South Beach Chicken Mole

southbeach chicken moleI am combing through all my eating healthier cookbooks these days, looking for some dinnertime inspiration. Straight outta the diet books of the same name circa 2004, I’ve adapted this South Beach recipe to suit my tastes, and fit into a weeknight dinner to serve a family of 6.

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South Beach Chicken Mole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

South Beach Chicken Mole

For a very "clean" very healthy dish that feels super indulgent, try this saucy Chicken Mole I adapted from the South Beach Diet Cookbook.


  • 4 split and boned chicken breasts, sliced in half, to get 8
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet peppers (green or red)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • *2 scallions chopped for garnish


  1. To a large skillet, heated to medium, add the oil.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove to a place.
  3. To the same pan, add the vegetables and cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the chili powder, cinnamon and clove. Cook one minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and water, scraping the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the peanut butter and cocoa powder. Stir.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, and cover to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve.
  8. *Optional: For serving, garnish with the scallions.


The original recipe called for one can of diced tomatoes, which I subbed fresh tomatoes and added water. I reduced the cloves from 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 as I find them very strong flavored. I also like larger chicken cuts instead of tenders, but this is just as easily changed to suit your tastes.

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The original recipe if from the orange version of the book that you can find on Amazon (affiliate link) or any used bookstore I’d bet! I love that it feels really indulgent, but it is super healthy and easy enough to adapt for my kiddos. I served it with steamed green zucchini and some brown rice, but I would be mashed cauliflower would be great to soak up all that sauce!

South Beach Chicken Mole

Enjoy and best of health in 2017!

4 thoughts on “South Beach Chicken Mole

  1. Miz Helen

    This will be a delicious recipe that we look forward to trying. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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