Mojo Roast Chicken (Pollo Asado)

Mojo Roast Chicken (Pollo Asado)

karmicflower 4

"Mojo-marinated roast chicken, just like grandma used to make! Serve with white rice, which is the traditional way. It's also great with mashed potatoes or in sandwiches with Cuban bread or fresh rolls. You can use half the mojo recipe for a smaller bird, drumsticks, or thighs."


5 h 10 m servings 562 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 562 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 39.8 g
  • 61%
  • Carbs:
  • 2g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 46.2 g
  • 92%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 146 mg
  • 49%
  • Sodium:
  • 501 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until very hot. While the oil heats, mash the cumin, salt, oregano, and garlic together into a paste in a heat-proof bowl; whisk the hot oil into the paste. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add the lime juice and orange juice; stir. Place the chicken in a large sealable bag; pour the marinade over the chicken and shake to assure an even coating. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
  2. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange the marinated chicken in a roasting pan.
  3. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
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  1. 52 Ratings


I made this recipe and used a whole chicken instead of chicken parts. A visiting friend commented that the smell of the marinade was savory and made her hungry. The chicken marinaded for about ...

This is the little black dress of chicken marinades -- suitable for the oven or the grill. The first time I made this, I roasted a butterflied chicken using a short marinade time (maybe 4 hours...

We thought this was pretty good. I cut back on the cumin a bit and added a little chile powder and cayenne pepper. I don't think it needed quite so much oil. It was a bit greasy. When I make...

I use this recipe for pulled pork in the slow cooker. EXCELLENT! Just mix all the marinade ingredients together (except the oil of course) and pour over the pork in the slow cooker and let it ...

I guess I was expecting much more flavor from the marinade than what I got. Don't get me wrong, the chicken was tender and moist, but I just didn't taste much in the way of seasonings. Next ti...

I liked this very much! I'm falling in love with Cuban food, at least the dishes on this site! Made as written, except did not heat garlic & spices in olive oil first, and I am sure it would h...

Delicious recipe. I doubled the marinade since I placed the chicken whole in a large bowl in the fridge. I ran short on olive oil, so I used 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup canola oil. Almost the ...

My husband made this for us and although we loved it (the chicken had great flavor), we found that ½ cup of oil was waaaay too much! Next time he makes this he is going to try with a ¼ of a cup...

my whole family loved this recipe. I marinated the chicken overnite, and cooked it for 55 minutes, and it turned out very tasty and moist. I will make this again and again. This recipe is a ke...