Cuban Chicken with Mojo (Pollo con Mojo)

Juliann Esquivel


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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15 Min
1 Hr


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  • 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

How to Make Cuban Chicken with Mojo (Pollo con Mojo)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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About Cuban Chicken with Mojo (Pollo con Mojo)

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

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