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!


  • 2 lb bone in chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks about 8 pieces total
  • 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
  • 1 orange cut into wedges
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish


  • Place Marinade ingredients in a food processor. Whizz until the cilantro is finely chopped.
  • Pour Marinade over chicken in a large bowl. Cover with cling wrap and marinade for 12 – 36 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place chicken in a baking pan, and scrape in residual marinade in the bowl. Place thighs skin side DOWN. Add orange wedges, if using.
  • Bake chicken for 30 minutes. Remove and turn chicken. Spoon over pan juices.
  • 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, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 585mg, Potassium: 403mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 270IU, Vitamin C: 21.4mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1.4mg