Paul’s Venezuelan Chocolate Chile Chicken


  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • chicken thighs, preferably organic
  • chicken drumsticks, preferably organic
  • large shallots, chopped finely
  • cloves garlic, chopped finely
  •   Juice and zest of 3 oranges
  •   One 14 ½-ounce can tomatoes, chopped
  • fresh red chiles, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons  dried pure ground ancho chile (or any other dried mild chiles, ground in a spice grinder)
  • 1 tablespoon  coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon  dark muscovado sugar
  • 5 1/2 ounces  Venezuelan dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup  cilantro leaves, torn coarsely

There are very many versions of chocolate chile chicken, but I chose to include this one as it’s fantastically quick and easy to make. I can’t promise it’s authentic, but it does have the wow factor, and the Venezuelan chocolate adds a deep rich glossy finish and flavor.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a casserole dish over medium-high heat and brown the chicken pieces in batches. Set aside on a plate. Add the shallots and garlic and stir until softened, about 1 minute. Pour in the orange juice and zest and stir up the browned bits in the casserole.

Add the tomatoes with their juices, fresh and dried chiles, coriander seeds, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Cover with a lid and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, lift out the chicken, and stir the chocolate into the remaining sauce. Return the chicken to the casserole, sprinkle with the cilantro, and serve with the sauce smothered over the chicken.


Calories per serving:

503 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 238g 366%
  • Carbs 253g 84%
  • Saturated 77g 386%
  • Fiber 43g 171%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 185g
  • Monounsaturated 99g
  • Polyunsaturated 40g
  • Protein 245g 490%
  • Cholesterol 1,230mg 410%
  • Sodium 1,710mg 71%
  • Calcium 670mg 67%
  • Magnesium 594mg 149%
  • Potassium 6,203mg 177%
  • Iron 22mg 120%
  • Zinc 25mg 164%
  • Phosphorus 2,631mg 376%
  • Vitamin A 409µg 45%
  • Vitamin C 375mg 626%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 276%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 166%
  • Niacin (B3) 67mg 334%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 324%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 370µg 92%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 125%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin K 76µg 95%
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