Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken With Mango-Avocado Salsa

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by kban48

Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe.

Top Review by amendel

I won a BBQ competition with this recipe :) I had a team of 5 . We did the prep work on Thursday evening and let the 12 lbs of chicken marinate. The competition was on Saturday. The chicken was cooked on a Big Green Egg grill. I smoked it with apple wood. The crowd at the event went nuts for it!! We couldn't get the red peppers so we substituted red pepper flake. I made all dark meat, boneless because I was serving 400 and didn't want to deal with bones. The butter sauce and mango/avocado salsa really make the dish amazing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Place the cumin seeds, garlic, chile pepper, salt, olive oil, orange juice, and lemon juice into the bowl of a blender; grind to a coarse paste. Toss the chicken with the marinade, then place into the refrigerator, and allow to marinate for about 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until browned. Place into the oven, and cook until the juices run clear, about 8 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is in the oven, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lime zest, honey, and soy sauce in a skillet over medium-high heat. Simmer until the orange juice has reduced to 1/3 of original volume and is beginning to get thick and syrupy. Once thick, remove from heat, and whisk in the butter pieces one at a time until melted; set aside.
  5. To serve, place chicken on the plate and sprinkle with mango and avocado. Drizzle with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro and parsley.

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