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Sir Patrick Stewart's mole enchiladas


  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 kilograms whole free-range chicken
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (30g)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander (15g)


  • 250 grams dried mulato peppers
  • 160 grams dried ancho pepper
  • 160 grams dried pasilla pepper
  • Pork dripping
  • 125 grams sesame seeds
  • 125 grams unsalted peanuts
  • 125 grams blanched almonds
  • 2 onions
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 125 grams raisins
  • 1 soft corn tortilla
  • 1/2 a white bread roll
  • 200 grams quality dark chocolate (70%)

Corn salsa:

  • 1 corn on cob
  • 2 limes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 ripe mixed-colour heritage tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeño chillies

Green rice:

  • 1 tablespoon pork dripping
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 250 grams long grain rice
  • 500 milliliters poaching liquor (see step 1) or chicken stock
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander (30 grams)
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (30g)
  • Optional: 50 grams dried epazote


  1. To poach the chicken, cut the onion into quarters (leaving the skin on), scrub and halve the carrots, trim and roughly chop the celery, halve the bulb of garlic. Place it all into a large, deep pot with the chicken, peppercorns and parsley. Cover with cold water, then add one teaspoon of sea salt and place on a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1.5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and falling away from the bone, skimming away and discarding any scum that rises to the surface. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken to soak in the pot until ready to serve.
  2. For the mole, halve and deseed the dried peppers, then lightly toast in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes (being careful not to char them) – you may need to do this in batches. Tip into a large heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soften (about 20 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of pork dripping in a large, deep frying pan on a medium heat. Add the sesame seeds, peanuts and almonds, and toast for five minutes, or until golden. Remove to a bowl.
  4. Add another tablespoon of dripping to the pan. Peel and roughly chop the onions and garlic, then fry with the ground spices for five to ten minutes, or until softened.
  5. Peel the plantain and roughly chop with the tomatoes. Add to the pan, along with the raisins and toasted nuts and seeds (reserving three tablespoons for serving).
  6. Roughly tear in the corn tortilla and bread roll, then drain the peppers and mix everything together in a large bowl ready for blitzing.
  7. Working in batches, transfer the mixture to a liquidiser and whiz until smooth, adding a little water to each batch until you reach the desired consistency. Pass the mixture through a coarse sieve into a large pan on a low heat, with four tablespoons of dripping.
  8. Coarsely grate in the dark chocolate, stir it through the mole, then leave to simmer for one hour, or until the flavours have mellowed and the sauce is rich and thick, stirring regularly. Have a taste and season to perfection, adding a little poaching liquor from the chicken to loosen.
  9. For the corn salsa, preheat a griddle pan on a medium-high heat. Add the corn and toast for five to eight minutes, or until the kernels are scorched and blackened, turning regularly for even cooking. Alternatively, char the corn directly on a gas hob. Carefully slice the kernels from the cob with a sharp knife.
  10. Finely zest one lime over a serving bowl, then squeeze in the juice of both limes and add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Peel the red onion and finely dice with the tomatoes, slice the jalapeños (deseed, if you like), then add to the bowl, along with the corn. Toss well and leave to one side.
  11. For the green rice, dollop the dripping into a pan on a medium heat. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic, add to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for a few minutes more, or until the onions are golden and slightly softened.
  12. Add 500 milliliters of the chicken poaching liquor or stock, then finely chop the herbs and add to the pan, along with the epazote (if using). Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for ten minutes, or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  13. Pull the chicken from the carcass and shred the meat. Bash the reserved seeds and nuts in a pestle and mortar to a chunky crumb.
  14. Ladle about 500 milliliters of mole into a clean pan and keep warm while you assemble the enchiladas.
  15. Working two to three at a time, brush the outside of the tortillas with a little pork dripping, then flip them over and top each with a good handful of chicken. Fold them in half, pressing the edges to seal.
  16. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and fry the tortillas for one to two minutes on each side, or until golden and crisp.
  17. Dunk the tortillas into the warm mole, then place on a serving plate. Sprinkle over the bashed nuts, then add a dollop of salsa and a few sprigs of coriander. Serve with the green rice. Delicious!

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