Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Dinner, Quick and Easy

This Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal. It is marinated in a garlic, citrus marinade.  Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Let’s talk about this sheet pan dish. Mojo is my favorite thing ever. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a Cuban marinade and a lot of times you’ll find it in marinades for meats and chicken or fish. It’s also sometimes served with tostones for, like, dipping, though usually it’s a bit thicker in consistency. You get the idea! This Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken is my jam! Fareal!

Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

What is Mojo Marinade?

Mojo is a marinade typically has four components:

  • sour oranges
  • oregano
  • oil
  • lots of garlic

Where is Mojo from?

Mojo originates in Cuba and is found in other parts of the Caribbean.

In Cuba they have sour oranges, which are probably BOMB, but we don’t have those in the United States  so as an alternative, I like to use a combination of fresh lime juice and fresh orange juice.

One thing that it HAS to have is a ton of minced, garlic. The chicken is marinated in this for either overnight (you can prep it the night before), the morning of or an hour before.

Then the whole thing is added to a baking sheet, along with green olives, onions and slices of lime and orange. It is soooo good and easy and simple.

My love for sheet pan recipes runs deep because they truly are SO simple and hands-off. I love throwing a bunch of stuff on a baking sheet and having dinner 30 minutes to 1 hour later.

Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Serve it with rice and tostones or maduros; and serve it up! This Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken is truly the easiest weeknight dinner situation. And honestly, I’d even make this on the weekend when I don’t want to stay in the kitchen for hours.

How to Make Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic with salt. Add the oregano and mix.
  • Mix garlic, olive oil, orange and lime juices. And then, set marinade aside.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place into the garlic marinade overnight. As a result, it’ll lead to super delicious chicken.
  • The next day, place the onion, citrus slices, green olives and marinated chicken onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake until crispy. Serve with rice, tostones and/or beans.

Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

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5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Marinating Time 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Serving Size: 4 people
Calories: 234kcal
Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken is a quick Cuban-inspired weeknight meal. Chicken is marinated overnight in a mojo garlic sauce and then cooked on a sheet pan with onions, citrus and olives.

Ingredients

Mojo sauce:

  • 8 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, from about 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, from about 1 orange
  • 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (I used a mix of thighs, drumsticks, wings)

Sheet Pan:

  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 5 to 6 orange slices
  • 5 to 6 lime slices
  • 1 cup green olives

Directions

To Make the Mojo:

  • In a mortar and pestle, add the garlic and salt. Using the pestle, crush and twist the garlic until it's smashed. Add the oregano and give it a good mix.
  • In a medium bowl or resealable plastic bag (like a Ziplock), add the crushed garlic, olive oil, lime juice and orange juice. Use a fork to mix it around.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with a few pinches of salt and pepper and then transfer the chicken pieces to the resealable plastic bag. Seal up the bag and then give it a good shake so the pieces are all coated in the mojo mixture.
  • Transfer to the fridge to marinate for 3 hours, ideally overnight, but realistically I know that won’t always happen. Even marinated for 30 minutes is delicious! Marinate for however long works.

When You’re Ready to Bake the Chicken:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a clean baking sheet, add the onion, slices or orange and lime, green olives and lastly, the marinated chicken, along with the marinade. Transfer to the oven to bake until chicken is cooked and skin is crispy, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Serve with rice, tostones and/or black beans. YUM!

Notes

*If you don't own a mortar and pestle, no worries. You can simply mince up the garlic cloves and add them to a bowl or resealable plastic bag and proceed with the recipe...
Equipment:
Baking Sheet
CourseDinner, Main Course
CuisineCuban
Keywordcuban mojo, mojo, mojo chicken, mojo criollo, mojo de ajo, mojo keto, mojo sauce
Serving: 4g | Calories: 234kcal
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  • Reply Nabila March 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe!!! It was SO DELICIOUS! Everyone loves it <3 It's perfect for my meal prep menu! I probably will make this every week since we have orange and lime trees in our backyard LOL

  • Reply mp March 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

    5 stars
    i made the mojo chicken once and loved it! what if i wanted to do it in the slow cooker instead? any suggestions?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Ooo that sounds good. I would do skinless chicken (because the skin would get too soggy in the slow cooker) and just make the marinade, stick the chicken in with everything and let it go for a few hours. Should be amazing!

  • Reply Julia September 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

    5 stars
    This cooking in my oven, now! ñom ñom !!!

  • Reply TeaJae August 28, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This looks so crazy good I’m ready to make it now. Yum

  • Reply Jen August 18, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Sooooo, where can I find the Fluffy AF cornmeal blueberry pancakes??? You were really selling it in your email! Jen

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      hahaha. it accidentally got published with NO pictures. i’m editing the photos now so it should be up in an hour or so! 🙂

  • Reply Luna August 18, 2017 at 1:57 am

    This looks soo good. I’m thinking of eating the chicken with…french fries instead of rice. Hope it won’t be too fatty!