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4 tsp chili powder, preferably made with New Mexico or ancho chilies (see Note)2 Tbsp lime juice2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp onion powder1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp salt½ tsp freshly ground pepper3 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed


1. To prepare adobo rub and chicken: Combine chili powder, lime juice, oil, cumin, onion powder, garlic power, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub 2 tablespoons of adobo rub generously all over chicken breasts (the remaining rub can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days). Let marinate for 30 minutes or wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 1 day.


3 dried ancho or New Mexico chilies (see Note)
2 cup boiling water
3 medium tomato, quartered and seeded
½ cup chopped onion
2 clove garlic, peeled
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp pinch of ground cloves
¾ tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cup salt


2. To prepare mole sauce: Tear chilies into pieces; discard stems and seeds. Place in a bowl, add boiling water and soak until the chilies are soft, about 30 minutes. Pour the chilies and soaking liquid into a blender. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, vinegar, flour, sugar, cumin, pepper, cayenne to taste and cloves; blend until smooth. Strain the sauce through a sieve to filter out any remaining seeds and skins, pressing out as much liquid as possible from the solids. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sauce and cook, stirring frequently, until it thickens and reduces to about 2 cups, 10 to 20 minutes. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.


1 cup diced carrot
¼ cup diced summer squash
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
12 salt
tostada shells (see Tip)


3. To prepare sweet-&-sour vegetables: Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add carrots and cook for 7 minutes. Add squash, vinegar, oregano, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Continue cooking until the vegetables are just tender, 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain, transfer to a bowl and season with more pepper to taste. Set aside to cool.

4. About 20 minutes before you’re ready to grill the chicken, preheat grill to medium.
5. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board, let rest for 5 minutes and slice into 1/2-inch strips.

6. To assemble tostadas: Place 2 tostada shells on each plate. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the mole sauce over each tostada, then top each with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the vegetables. Divide the chicken among the tostadas and drizzle with more mole sauce. Serve with taco garnishes as desired.

Note: Mildly spicy dried chilies, such as ancho or New Mexico, add moderate heat and rich flavor to Mexican sauces like mole. Chili powder made from these chilies has more flavor than American-style blends. Look for whole dried chilies in the produce section of large supermarkets and New Mexico or ancho chili powder in the specialty-spice section of large supermarkets.

Kitchen Tips: To make your own tostadas: Heat about 1/2 inch canola oil or peanut oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add a corn tortilla and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked, reducing heat, if necessary, to prevent the oil from smoking or splattering.

To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the mole sauce (Step 2) for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Cover and refrigerate the vegetables (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 6 Total

  • Calories 355 23%
  • Calories from fat 135 21%
  • Total Fat 15gm 30%
  • Sodium 719mg 24%
  • Total Carbohydrates 31gm
  • Fiber 6gm
  • Protein 27gm
  • Cholesterol 63mg 10%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Main Dish, Dinner, Diabetic, Healthy, High Fiber, Chicken, Vegetable, Tomato, Mexican, Barbecue & Grilling, Father's Day, Super Bowl

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