Cuban Mojo Chicken


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This Cuban Mojo Chicken has been marinated in a wicked Cuban Mojo marinade and roasted to juicy perfection. Try this zesty, garlicky Cuban chicken for dinner tonight!

This Cuban Chicken has been marinated in a wicked Cuban Mojo marinade and roasted to juicy perfection. Try this zesty, garlicky Cuban chicken for dinner tonight!

If you’ve never tried a marinated Cuban chicken before, you’re in for a real treat!!! Made with orange juice, cilantro, garlic, lime, mint and cumin powder, oregano, salt and pepper, it’s loaded with fresh flavours, it has depth, and complexity. It’s garlicky, it’s citrusy, the beautiful flavours of fresh cilantro are absolutely knock out.

And the secret ingredient in this? Orange juice. NO it doesn’t taste like orange once cooked!

Orange juice is such a terrific secret ingredient in marinades. It adds sweetness and more layers of flavour than just adding sugar. I’m actually not a fan of fruit with meat, so I can honestly promise you that it does not taste like orange!!

Look at the colour of that marinade. You just KNOW it’s loaded with spectacular flavours!!

This Cuban Chicken has been marinated in a wicked zesty Cuban Mojo marinade and roasted to juicy perfection.

Mojo marinade is fantastic to use for shrimp, chicken, pork and beef, cooked in all manner of ways – stove, BBQ, roasting, broiling.

The only method I do not recommend is the slow cooker or Instant Pot because this type of marinade really benefits from caramelisation of some form throughout most of the cooking time. So while many slow cooker recipes can be blasted at the end in the oven to brown it, I find it doesn’t really work with Mojo.

My personal favourite proteins to use with Mojo marinades are pork and chicken. I really think they are sensational when paired with the Mojo flavours.

For this particular recipe, I used drumsticks and bone in chicken thighs. I like using these cuts because they need to be roasted for around 50 minutes, giving it plenty of browning time to really let those flavours develop.

It will work with chicken breast too, but I’d sear the chicken on the stove instead of roasting it. That way the juices will seal in much better, and you’ll get the lovely browning on the crust. :-)

This Cuban Mojo Chicken is marinated in a wicked garlic Cuban Mojo marinade and roasted to juicy perfection. Choose this zesty Cuban chicken for dinner tonight!

Little get ahead tip to make your week a little easier – freezer prep! Coat chicken in marinade then put it straight into the freezer.

Then the chicken marinates while it’s defrosting overnight in the fridge. Perfect!!! :-)

Cuban Chicken is marinated in a deliciously wicked garlic Cuban Mojo marinade and roasted to perfection. Choose this for dinner tonight!

This easy Cuban chicken is one meal you’ll want to make over and over again.  Tender juicy chicken loaded with delicious flavor, this Mojo chicken comes out perfectly tender every time!

5 from 4 votes
Review Recipe

Baked Cuban Mojo Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 servings
Author Nagi
Course Dinner
Cuisine cuban
Roasted chicken marinated in a fantastic Cuban Mojo marinade! it’s citrusy, garlicky, with fresh lime flavours and cilantro. Packs some serious flavours!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb bone in chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks about 8 pieces total
MARINADE:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves lightly packed
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice fresh
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
GARNISHES (OPTIONAL):
  • 1 orange cut into wedges
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish

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Instructions

  1. Place Marinade ingredients in a food processor. Whizz until the cilantro is finely chopped.
  2. Pour Marinade over chicken in a large bowl. Cover with cling wrap and marinade for 12 – 36 hours.
TO COOK:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place chicken in a baking pan, and scrape in residual marinade in the bowl. Place thighs skin side DOWN. Add orange wedges, if using.
  3. Bake chicken for 30 minutes. Remove and turn chicken. Spoon over pan juices.
  4. Bake for a further 20 minutes or until the skin is nicely browned. Rest for 5 minutes then serve!

Recipe Notes

To make with chicken breast, follow the recipe to marinade. Then cook on the stove instead of the oven – cook over medium high heat.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 419, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 585mg, Potassium: 403mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 25g, Vitamin A: 5.4%, Vitamin C: 25.9%, Calcium: 3.3%, Iron: 7.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Nagi is the voice, cook and photographer behind RecipeTin Eats, [Australia’s top food blog]. She believes that anyone can make amazing food with everyday ingredients, even if you’re short on time and cost conscious.

Nagi walked away from a corporate career to follow her passion for food. She truly believes that great food brings family and friends together, and more smiles into your life. She also firmly believes that whoever invented cheese deserves a Nobel Prize.

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  1. Excited to make this exact recipe (bone-in thighs and legs) for a group of 30 this weekend. How do you recommend I keep it warm for 2 hours before serving? Can it just stay on low in a crock pot or low in the oven covered? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried keeping this recipe warmed for 2 hours. According to the FDA, you’ll want to keep warmed food at at least 140°F to be foodsafe and they do suggest a slow cooker. Just keep an eye on the temperature. Let us know how it goes!

      1. HUGE hit! I learned so much with this recipe. (1) I used the “roast” feature on my convection oven and it made it brown/blacken like your photo. When I used bake, I had to then broil it for a bit to get that blackened look. (2) I cooked uncovered for the 50 minutes -basting, but then turned the oven to 100 degrees and covered the pan with tin foil and left in the oven for 2.5 hours. Took it out to serve and it was so yummy, not dry and still very hot-safe! (3) I really liked how the parchment paper looked with the oranges. Plus keeps aluminum off food.

        I’m excited to try this with chicken breasts bone-in and see how it is different. Thank you! It was so wonderful to see empty plates piles with bones at our event and lots of compliments.

  2. Thank you for the recipe :)
    Easy to prepare and it was delicious ! I just marinated for 1 hour as i didn’t have much time.

  3. My Sophomore had a group presentation for Cuba. They had a lot of different elements they had to hit and one was a dish/food from the country they were presenting. I helped and made this (after the group searched and found the recipe on their own). It was SUCH A HIT!! Everyone LOVED IT!!! I made enough for the class, plus an extra 12 or so pieces and my son came home with it all gone!! The teacher loved it, and is now asking for the recipe!! So awesome!!! Thank you!!! They got an A+ with this element getting a 10/10!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Crystal! I am so glad that this recipe was a hit with your sophomores presentation!

  4. Hello I am going to make this in a couple days. Would this work with boneless chicken breast or bone in breast? I don’t think a bone in breast will cook good on stove top. Would it be good in oven on 325 or 350 work with a lid on Dutch oven? I was thinking it may have a great carmalized look in oven.

    1. To make with chicken breast, follow the recipe to marinade. Then cook on the stove instead of the oven – cook over medium high heat. I have not tried with bone-in breast. Let us know if you try it. Enjoy!

    1. To make with chicken breast, follow the recipe to marinade. Then cook on the stove instead of the oven – cook over medium high heat. I haven’t tried grilling, so let us know if you try it. Enjoy Kurt!

  5. So good and so easy!! We did this for a dinner party with tostones and black beans and rice. Everyone loved it. You can even double it and do two pans at once, just make sure you rotate so all the chicken gets crispy. Thanks so much!