Cuban Mojo Roasted Chicken


What is mojo?  Mojo is a sauce that has many variations, but I love Cuban mojo; after all, I AM Cuban! The actual definition of mojo magic power or a magic spell, which is what you will be under once you try it.

The Cuban variation has a base of garlic, citrus and olive oil. After that you can add some other ingredients like onions and cilantro. For the sake of keeping it simple, I only added cilantro and of course salt and pepper.

If you add the sauce to a blender or food processor it becomes creamy and you can use for almost everything. A typical use is to dunk your tostones or mariquitas. You can also make this sauce and keep in the refrigerator to use on other dishes.


Cuban Mojo Roasted Chicken


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What you will need

  • 4 Chicken leg quarters
  • 2 Lemons juiced
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro (chopped)

How to Make it

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, add the orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil and garlic, half of the salt and pepper and whisk together
  3. In a large baking pan, place the chicken quarters so they fit well together
  4. Pour 3/4 of the mojo mixture over the chicken
  5. Sprinkle the rest of the salt and pepper over the chicken and place in the middle rack of the oven
  6. Cook the chicken, uncovered, for 50 to 60 minutes, basting chicken every 20 minutes
  7. Add the cilantro to the remaining mojo and pour over finished chicken before serving


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