Cuban Chicken with Mojo (Pollo con Mojo)

Juliann Esquivel Recipe

By Juliann Esquivel Juliann

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This chicken recipe is from my mother-in-laws table. She taught me how to make it when I was a newly wed. It's a real winner. Fast and easy its on my table in an hour. Cuban style chicken baked golden outside tender inside with a garlic and citrus sauce called "Mojo" in Spanish. It's delicious you will think you are in Miami. I Serve it with fluffy white rice and black beans, with a side serving of fried sweet plantains. Enjoy

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Why daydream about warm, tropical destinations when you can transport yourself?! Juliann's recipe is like a warm Cuban breeze scented with the aroma of lime and cumin. That's right, it's THAT good! Sign me up for seconds, please.


1 large
chicken, young fryer, cut in pieces leave the skin on.
8 clove
fresh garlic smashed (4 cloves in each dish)
3/4 c
fresh lime juice, no limes then use lemons, don't use the bottled juice
2 large
vidalia or texas sweet onion sliced thin
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
salt or more to suit your taste
1 tsp
adobo goya brand or any powdered adobo
1/4 tsp
ground black peper
1/4 c
olive oil, light

Directions Step-By-Step

In your blender add half cup lime juice, (save the 1/4 cup lime juice left for later) 4 cloves garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and black pepper. blend well pour into a large freezer bag and add your cut up chicken. Seal and massage bag so as to incorporate marinade well into the chicken refrigerate over night or at least for two hours.
Next day or two hours later. Preheat oven on 350 degrees for 10 minutes then place chicken in a large baking pan and bake uncovered on 350 degrees for 45/55 minutes. Chicken should be golden brown. Do not over bake or the chicken will be dry.
While chicken is baking heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add onion slices and smashed garlic. Saute on a medium flame for about three to four minutes add the adobo powder and a small sprinkle of oregano,cumin,salt and black pepper. Stir again and add the remaining 1/4 cup of lime juice. Stir well for half a minute more and remove from the flame.
When chicken is done remove from the oven and pour the mojo all over the baked chicken. Serve with white rice, and seasoned Cuban black beans. You may want to add a little more salt and pepper to suit your taste. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Cuban
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Sandra Lopez sclopez613
Jan 21, 2015
I gave this recipe a 5-star rating.
Sally Wilson lovestocook6
May 10, 2013
I did make this with the pork and it came out tough. I took the leftovers and put them in the crock pot the next day. The pork was very tender and shredded nicely but the flavor just wasn't there. I probably should have just put the pork in the crock in the first place. I think I'll stick to chicken, it was amazing. Thanks for sharing:)
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
May 2, 2013
Hi Sally so glad you liked my recipe. This is a very tasty chicken recipe. I am sure your pork will come out just as good and tasty and yes you can prepare in the crockpot. Good luck in the kitchen. LOL
Sally Wilson lovestocook6
May 1, 2013
I made this a few weeks ago and it was fabulous! I am trying it tonight with boneless country style pork ribs. I think it would also be very good in the crock pot.
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