Cuban Garlic Chicken

"This is straight from Havana, from a restaurant called "Gladys' House". Adapted from a recipe printed in the Chicago Tribune. You can find bottled sour orange juice in Hispanic markets or well-stocked Hispanic aisles in your local grocery store. Cook/prepare time includes marination time of one hour. I'm having a really hard time getting the first ingredient through the Zaar editor, but it's 2, 3-4 lb. chickens, cut into serving pieces"
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • Place the chicken in a container large enough to hold all the pieces (I used an extra-large zip-loc bag).
  • Combine the garlic, sour orange juice, salt, vinegar, pepper, oregano and cumin in a small bowl. pour the marinade evenly over the chicken; cover chicken (or close bag and smush it around); refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Heat oven to 450°. Arrange chicken in one layer in a roasting pan; pour the marinade evenly over the top of the chicken.
  • Roast the chicken in the lower third of the oven, stirring during the last 10 minutes to coat with the sauce, until it is cooked through and the sauce begins to caramelize, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Remove the chicken to a platter, spoon garlic sauce over the pieces.

Questions & Replies

  1. Is it really baked at 450 degrees? That seems really hot for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Does it get really crispy?
  2. Can I make this for a party of 60 people beforehand and freeze or refrigerate


  1. this was beyond awesome! a 10 star recipe for sure! i used the entire recipe on a little over 4 lbs of chicken quarters (about 10 pieces in all).. i added a splash of olive oil and one whole jalapeno before throwing it all in my ninja to blend.. marinated for 4-5 hours.. bf made this on the grill.. i heated up the marinade and used it as a dipping sauce.. we can't wait to make this again.. ty so much for the recipe
  2. This recipe ROCKS! I marinated it over night and used lemon juice instead of lime to make the sour OJ. One of the best chicken recipes I've found on the internet, I also used chicken breasts and made it with black beans, plantains and rice!
  3. This was really good, but there was no sauce to spoon over the chicken when it was done. It basically cooked off. What should I be doing differently?
  4. According to the eaters, possibly the best chicken I have ever cooked. And I have cooked a lot of chicken.
  5. Made this recipe over Memorial Day weekend. Grilled 8 whole chickens for 30 or so quest. Gone in a matter of minutes. Huge hit.



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