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Cuban Mojo Chicken

A delicious Cuban Mojo Chicken dinner that is packed with plenty of flavour.
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 563kcal
Author Charla


  • 4 large boneless chicken breasts or use thighs
  • 1 cup mojo marinade see notes and post for the recipe

For the mojo dressing

  • 1 cup mojo marinade see notes and post for the recipe
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup other sweetener, optional


  • Place the chicken breast (one at a time) one a chopping board and cover with saran wrap (cling film).
  • Use a meat mallet or tenderiser to smash the chicken all over (this will help the chicken to cook quicker and tenderise it) repeat this step with the other fillets
  • Use a fork to prick the flesh of each piece of chicken
  • Place the chicken in a large bowl (or zip bag) and pour the marinade into over the chicken until it is completely covered. If you are using a zip lock bag, give it a good shake.
  • Cover (if using a bowl) and refrigerate for 4-6 hours
  • While the chicken is marinating, get your dressing ready by place it in a frying pan on medium heat and simmering for 2-3 minutes along with the maple syrup (if using).
  • Remove pan from the heat, once cool blitz the in a blender if you want a smooth dressing and set aside.
  • When ready to cook, remove from the fillets from the bowl/bag and discard the contents.
  • Preheat a grill, broiler, outdoor grill on high heat
  • Lightly spray your grill grates with oil
  • Add you chicken to the grill and reduce the heat to medium
  • Sear each side of the chicken (should take about 5-7) minutes until juices from clear (temp 165 F or 75 C)
  • Serve with the mojo dressing


  • Use the entire jar of mojo marinate, half for the chicken and half to make the sauce.
  • Before adding the mojo to the chicken, do a taste test as this is going give your chicken flavour so you want to make sure it has enough, salt, herb and spices prior to using and stir it.
  • You will need my Cuban Mojo Marinade in order to make this recipe.
  • If using chicken thighs, set the oven temperature to 375f (190c) bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the juices from clear 
  • Remember to use whatever cut of chicken you prefer if you don't want to use fillets. The cooking time will vary, keep that in mind.
  • If you are using chicken thighs/legs use a generous amount of marinade and place the thighs/leg skin down if using a bowl.
  • Prick the meat with a fork, regardless of what meat you use, this will help the marinade to infuse greatly.
  • Serve as a main meal or salad, see the selection entitled "serving suggestions" for ideas.
  • Discard the marinade that was used for the chicken, there's no need to use it for the dressing.


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg