SWASHBUCKLED! (S1E4): Valentine’s Day Speed Mole

Love is in the air this week as we celebrate VALENTINE’S DAY on Swashbuckled! Marie brought in some traditional aphrodisiacs and foods associated with Valentine’s Day. Will Cupid strike with a successful meal this week?

Read on for episode breakdown

Ingredients in this week’s episode:

Cupid WAS on our side this week, as we had a “romantic dinner for two,” including gummy candy, flowers and champagne.

Speed Mole Cooking

Chilis, garlic, onions and other spices simmering in chicken broth

First off, the mole that was made in about 45 minutes, as opposed to all day like authentic mole sauce. The flavors were strong and bold, like mole should be. In this recipe, I used 8 arbor chilis, which are on the spicy side. If you like less spice in your food, then go for half the amount. The key to the rich flavor is simmering the chilis, garlic, onions and other spices in chicken broth with the lid off, reducing the liquid and concentrating the flavor. Then it is all blended up with sweet and bold flavors of orange juice, apple sauce, and dark chocolate. This is an antioxidant rich dinner that is loaded with flavor that is sure to impress.

We used chicken thighs for this meal, but the mole sauce can make a great base for any other protein you like, or vegetables like potatoes (potato mole?? Sign me up!) I even used the leftover mole sauce to make an egg and mole breakfast burrito, and it was fantastic!

Mole Eggs

Mole Egg Breakfast Burrito

The brie polenta was a super fun side to make. Polenta is something that I can always prepare at the drop of a hat with ingredients in my pantry: Chicken Stock and Cornmeal. Beyond that, you can completely customize with spices that complement your meal and the cheese you have on hand.

Strawberries and avocado are always a really delicious combination, and turning it into a salsa was a no-brainer for me. We didn’t have tortilla chips in the house and served them with pita crackers, which was also awesome.


Strawberry Avocado Salsa FFK

Strawberry Avocado Salsa

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Recipe by Amanda Hibshman, RDN


  • 1/2 Onions, minced
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 Pint Strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 Avocados, diced
  • Juice of 1 Lemon or Lime (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Mince onion and jalapeno, dice strawberries and avocado. Add lemon juice, olive oil, cilantro and just a little bit of salt. Mix everything together and do a taste test to make sure you have enough salt.
  2. Serve with your favorite chips – We love the pita crackers or tortilla chips.

Speed Mole and Basic Brie Polenta

Basic Brie Polenta

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Recipe by Amanda Hibshman, RDN


  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • .33 lb (about a half a cup) Brie Cheese


  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil over high heat. Slowly whisk in cornmeal and reduce to a simmer (medium low heat) until polenta starts to thicken. Continue to whisk every couple minutes for about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in brie cheese. Serve immediately if you want polenta to be porridge-like. You could also pour the polenta into a dish and cool. Once cool, it will solidify and you can slice into your desired shape and pan fry or bake.

Speed Mole with Chicken Thighs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: moderately easy
  • Print

Recipe by Amanda Hibshman, RDN


  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Guajillo Chilis (dried)
  • 4-8 Ancho Chilis (dried)
  • 15 oz Diced Tomatoes with Chilis
  • 1 Onion, peeled sliced (divided)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 4 Smoked Oysters
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Applesauce
  • 1 Goth Chocolate Bar
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil


  1. In a large pot, bring broth, dried chilies, can of diced tomatoes, half onion, garlic and smoked oysters to a simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes. The Chiles will soften up. Using an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender, just be careful of the hot liquid) to blend up Chile mixture.
  2. Return the blender Chile mixture to the pan and add the remaining ingredients, over a low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate is melted.
  3. In a separate pan, add olive oil and heat on medium-high. Salt and pepper chicken thighs. When oil is hot, add to pan and brown (about 3-5 minutes on each side. Does not have to be cooked all the way). At this time, also add the rest of the sliced onion to brown up.
  4. Cover chicken thighs with mole sauce and simmer on low for about 10-15 more minutes, until the chicken thighs come to an internal temperature of 165˚F. Shred chicken thighs and mix with sauce.

One thought on “SWASHBUCKLED! (S1E4): Valentine’s Day Speed Mole

  1. Pingback: Fruit Salsa Round-up | Luvo, Inc.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s