Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Dinner, Quick and Easy

It is still technically summer but my inbox looks like it’s mid-November. Full-on Thanksgiving and fall pitches. And then yesterday I drove past a Halloween store! I. AM. NOT. READY. Tho I kinda am because wearing sweaters are dope.

Let’s talk about this sheet pan dish. Mojo is my favorite thing ever. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s Cuban 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!

In Cuba they have sour oranges, which are probably BOMB, but we don’t have those here so instead 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.

Serve it with rice and eat it all up. It’s 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.

Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serving Size: 4


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


To Make the Mojo:

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Transfer to the fridge to marinate 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:

  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Serve with rice, tostones and/or black beans. YUM!


*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...

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  • 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!

  • 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

    • Adrianna Adarme
      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! 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Adrianna Adarme
      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 Nabila March 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    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

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