Cuban Mojo Chicken Thighs

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These Cuban Mojo Chicken Thighs might be my favorite thing to come out of my kitchen this month. I am straight up obsessed and don’t be shocked if the Mojo marinade starts showing up on other recipes in the near future.

Pro Tip - The recipes for these posts do not call for the Mojo marinade, but it would pair perfectly with: Stove Top Beans, Crispy Rice, and my Chicken Burrito Bowl

A plate full of grilled chicken with an orange Mojo sauce and lime wedges.

Why I Love This Recipe

A traditional Mojo sauce can include any number of seasonings and aromatics, but it’s largely based on Orange Juice! Today we’re spicing it up with tons of garlic, some shallot, cumin, oregano, and some salt and pepper. The result is a perfectly balanced marinade that infuses flavor into the chicken thighs and also gets reduced as a drizzling sauce.

The orange juice is the perfect base to this recipe and if you happen to have any leftovers, you know there’s a plentiful selection of WGC recipes you can use to use up the rest of the carton!

Ingredients & Substitutions

A plate that has all the ingredients in tiny prep bowls.  The ingredients displayed are Ground Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Black Pepper, Garlic, Shallots, Lime Zest, Orange Juice, Olive Oil, Lime Juice, and Chicken Thighs.
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Shallot
  • Kosher Salt
  • Lime Zest
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Orange Juice
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

*For the full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below

How to Make Cuban Mojo Chicken Thighs

All the marinade ingredients are combined into a blender.

Step 1: In a high-powered blender, combine all the marinade ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour ⅓ cup of marinade into a small bowl and reserve it for the dipping sauce.

The chicken is sitting in a large dish with the blended marinade.

Step 2: Toss the chicken with the remaining 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and add the remaining marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour and up to a day.

The reserved sauce from the cooked off chicken is is in a pot.

Step 3: Transfer the reserved sauce to a non-stick skillet and reduce over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes until thickened. Drizzle over the grilled chicken and serve.

Many pieces of grilled chicken covered in the Mojo sauce are sitting on a plate.

Step 4: Prepare a grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil the grill grates. Place the chicken on the grates. Let the chicken char for 30-60 seconds and then immediately decrease the heat to medium low. Grill the chicken for approximately 10-15 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F for thighs and 150°F to 155°F for breasts), turning every 5-7 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

Most Mojo Chicken recipes don't have a dipping sauce - but because this marinade is so freaking delish, make sure to reserve some and then reduce it down over medium high heat so you can drizzle it on top!

Also - this is such a versatile recipe that you can add it to burrito bowls, rice bowls etc. It's one of my go-to ways to make chicken!

FAQs

What is the best method for cooking chicken thighs?

I love chicken thighs over HOT heat like a grill or a cast iron skillet!

Are chicken thighs better boneless or bone-in?

Boneless and Skinless are EASIER. Bone in lend for more flavor. But in a recipe like this, with the marinade and the sauce, you can do boneless and not risk boring chicken.

How long should I cook chicken thighs on the grill?

Chicken thighs cook a bit longer than breasts, so these will grill for 5-7 minutes on each side.

Several pieces of the cuban mojo chicken are sitting on a plate with some lime wedges.

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Cuban Mojo Chicken Thighs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Cuban Mojo Chicken

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 24 votes
The secret to grilled Mojo Chicken Thighs is the perfectly balanced Orange Juice marinade that not only infuses flavor into the chicken, but also gets reduced as a drizzling sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

Mojo Marinade

  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 medium shallot roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime zested (approx. 2 teaspoons grated lime zest)
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Instructions
 

  • In a high-powered blender, combine all the marinade ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour ⅓ cup of marinade into a small bowl and reserve it for the dipping sauce.
  • Add the chicken to the remaining marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour and up to a day.
  • Prepare a grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil the grill grates.  Place the chicken on the grates. Let the chicken char for 30-60 seconds and then immediately decrease the heat to medium low. Grill the chicken for approximately 10-15 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F for thighs and 150°F to 155°F for breasts), turning every 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer the reserved sauce to a non-stick skillet and reduce over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes until thickened. Drizzle over the grilled chicken and serve.

Notes

Most Mojo Chicken recipes don't have a dipping sauce - but because this marinade is so freaking delish, make sure to reserve some and then reduce it down over medium high heat so you can drizzle it on top!
Also - this is such a versatile recipe that you can add it to burrito bowls, rice bowls etc. It's one of my go-to ways to make chicken!

 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1755mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg
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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    this is my 3rd plus time I made this recipe, and everyone loves it! Most of my dishes I made is your recipes. You are a 5 star chef. thank you Gaby.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this chicken for dinner last night. Wow was it good, and the sauce... mmmmmm. This will be go to recipe for sure.

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