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Top down shot of a plate of mojo chicken, rice and seasoned black beans with cilantro and orange slices.

Mojo Chicken

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Cuban-Inspired


Mojo Chicken – a delicious mojo chicken recipe that is perfect on the grill! Serve with rice, seasoned black beans and fresh cilantro!



Mojo Chicken Marinade + Sauce:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 23 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white onion, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 23 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mojo Chicken:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups rice of your choice, cooked
  • 2 cups seasoned black beans (homemade or store-bought)
  • garnish: orange slices, lime slices, fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Combine Mojo Chicken Marinade in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. Prep chicken by patting dry with clean paper towel. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper. 
  3. Place chicken in a reusable silicone bag or glass container and pour approx. 1/3 of the mojo marinade over top (enough to coat the chicken). Ensure chicken is fully coated, seal container and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Place the remainder of the mojo marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to a light simmer, uncovered, for approx. 20-30 minutes or until it is reduced by about 1/2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly until use.
  5. Bring grill up to medium high heat (about 400 degrees F) and ensure grill grates are clean.
  6. Remove chicken from marinade and let excess drip off (or you will have flare-ups) – discard the remaining marinade that came in contact with the chicken. Place chicken directly on the grill grates over direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes per side (the bigger the thigh the longer you will need to cook it), flipping once.
  7. Remove from grill once the internal temp has reached 165 degrees F. Let rest 5-10 minutes.
  8. Divide rice, black beans and chicken between plates. Drizzle the mojo sauce from the saucepan over the chicken and rice. Top with some fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice or orange juice. 


  • Orange Juice Concentrate: we love using a bit of orange juice concentrate in recipes to really amp up that orange flavor! You will find it in the freezer section of your grocery store!
  • Chicken Breasts: feel free to use chicken breasts if you prefer, just adjust your cook time.
  • Marinate Time: since there is so much citrus in this marinade we wouldn’t recommend marinating more than about 30 minutes as the citrus will start to cook the chicken and will change the texture (and not in a good way!). 


  • Serving Size: 6oz
  • Calories: 409
  • Sugar: 5.8 g
  • Sodium: 657.2 mg
  • Fat: 11.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4 g
  • Protein: 36.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 140.1 mg