Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mojito Chicken

This chicken is KICKIN!!! It has the most amazing flavor with the most moist meat..It can be a little time consuming but SOOOO worth it in my book!!! We all love it and it is a winner with the kids too. I got this recipe from Guy Fieri (who doesnt love his food;) anyways I have altered it some..


Chicken Pieces wether it be Thighs/Breasts/Legs or a Whole Chicken ( this can be anything your family likes..I like to use the split chicken breast just bc you can usually get them on sale for like $.99lb. and i never really know what to make with them but these work really good:)

2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Marinade, recipe follows
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Mojito Glaze, recipe follows

*Combine all the dry spices and rub chicken with spice mixture, especially under the skin. Put into a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

*In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade, then put the chicken in a large sealable plastic bag and add the marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. I like to refrigerate it overnight..but if you are short on time 1 hour will be plenty.


1 cup orange juice
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sliced garlic
1/4 cup dark rum (You can also use Pineapple juice or syrup flavored with almond extract)
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.

*Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess marinade. In a large saute pan over medium to high heat, add 4 tablespoons of extra- virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, place chicken skin side down and sear.

Ok now you have two options you can either Grill it or Bake it..Personally I love the grilled way...but I like anything grilled!!! Either way you are going to need the Mojito Glaze.

Mojito Glaze:
1/2 cup dark rum (you can also use Pineapple juice or syrup flavored with almond extract.)

1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In medium sauce pot, place rum, chicken broth and brown sugar. Reduce by 1/3 over high heat. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. When rum mixture is reduced, add cornstarch mixture slowly to simmering liquid and whisk for 3 minutes, until 50 percent thicker. Keep in mind that you might not need all of it. When glaze is at desired thickness, add mint leaves and transfer to small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

To Bake it:

*When skin is golden brown flip chicken and add 1/2 cup of marinade into pan; place pan in oven and cook the chicken for 25 minutes or until chicken has internal temperature of 165 degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer.

*Remove the chicken from oven and brush with Mojito Glaze. Place chicken under broiler for 5 minutes. Remove from broiler, cut and serve immediately with more glaze on the side.

To Grill it:
* We just grill it until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F and we baste it with the Mojito Glaze then when its all done we brush it with the Mojito Glaze one last time and place the chichen under the broiler for 5 minutes. Remove from broiler, cut and serve immediately with more glaze on the side.

Doesnt that look delish!! Served with some homemade french fries..YUMMY!!! Enjoy!!

Printable Recipe


  1. Can't wait to try this one. We're big mojito and Guy fans. Looks delicious.

  2. Looks really yummy:) Ill have to print it!

  3. It looks good! But why is the chicken so far away from the french fries. It looks like they are not speaking to one another :)

  4. This recipe looks super.

    I couldn't help but laugh at Pam's comment. That is freaking funny.

  5. My mouth watered in anticipation just reading the recipe. Gosh this sounds GOOD!!

  6. Love that mojito thing going on here! This is a keeper!

  7. Looks really good Kristi!! Your homemade french fries look way better than mine ever turn out!!!