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cuban mojo chicken on white plate with citrus slices

Mojo Chicken Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 497kcal
Fresh and delicious, this easy to make Cuban mojo chicken recipe is full of citrus flavors. Made from scratch, the marinated chicken is baked in the oven with fragrant sauce for one tasty dinner everyone will love.
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For the Chicken

  • 3 Pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1 Garlic clove minced
  • 1 Orange sliced
  • 1 Lemon sliced
  • 1 Lime sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ Cup mojo sauce

For the Sauce

  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • ¾ Cup cilantro
  • Cup mint
  • ½ Cup olive oil


For the Chicken

  • Place the chicken thighs in a bowl. Add the cumin, garlic clove and mojo sauce and rub. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 2 hours.
    3 Pounds chicken thighs, 1 Tsp cumin, 1 Garlic clove, ½ Cup mojo sauce
    how to make mojo chicken
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken, skin side up in a baking pan. Add the lemon slices, orange slices and lime slices and drizzle with the oil.
    1 Orange sliced, 1 Lemon, 1 Lime, 2 Tbsp olive oil
    how to make mojo chicken
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes spooning the chicken with the pan juices every 15 minutes. Cook until golden brown.
    cuban mojo chicken on sheet pan

For the Sauce

  • Place all the ingredients except for the oil into the glass of a blender and pulse until everything is well incorporated.
    Juice from 2 oranges, Juice from 1 lime, Juice from 1 lemon, 2 Garlic cloves, ¾ Cup cilantro, ⅓ Cup mint
    how to make mojo chicken
  • With the blender running on low slowly pour in the olive oil and continue mixing for 1 more minute.
    ½ Cup olive oil
    how to make mojo chicken


  • This chicken is incredibly juicy and flavorful. The orange and lime slices caramelize with the baking so they get soft and delicious.
  • I like to serve it with some extra mojo sauce on the side and drizzle the chicken with it once I’m ready to serve it.
  • You can refrigerate this sauce for up to 4 days.
  • Don't marinade the chicken for more than 2 hours. If you are short on time, a 30 minute marinade will still add lots of flavor.
  • Once baked, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 719mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg