These Sticky Mojo-Inspired Chicken Wings are the perfect dish to make for a party. Baked on a sheet pan and marinated in a garlic, orange, and lime-based mixture, this is one of the easiest and most delicious dishes you can make.
One of my favorite things ever is mojo. It’s a bright citrus and garlicky Cuban marinade for various meats like chicken, pork, or fish. It’s often served with tostones, as a kind of dipping sauce, though it’s thicker when served this way. Basically, it’s super versatile and I love every version of it. This dish is inspired by those flavors but with some honey added for sweetness and also a sticky, saucy quality.
FLORIDA’S NATURAL ORANGE JUICE
This post is sponsored by Florida’s Natural. I used Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice in this recipe and I love that it delivers superior-tasting orange juice in every cup. This recipe is the ultimate back-pocket party dish recipe because it’s really easy and super delicious. The addition of Florida’s Natural Orange Juice adds that bright burst of orange flavor to a mojo-inspired dish. Florida’s Natural is committed to providing the best-tasting, highest-quality orange juice you can buy, which is why I turn to it in my recipes. I also love that they are committed to supporting Florida growers.
WHAT IS MOJO MARINADE?
A typical mojo is a marinade usually has four components:
- sour oranges
- lots of garlic
In Cuba, where mojo originates, sour oranges are easy to find. Here in the United States, however, they’re less common. As an alternative, I find a blend of orange juice and lime juice works well. I have also seen variations with other herbs like cumin and cilantro as well as minced onion. Mojo doesn’t typically have any heat, so it’s less common to see ingredients like chiles in the marinade.
WHERE IS MOJO FROM?
Mojo originates in Cuba and is found in other parts of the Caribbean. It varies slightly from family to family as well as country to country, but the main components stay about the same. All mojo recipes include sour oranges, garlic, oil, and some type or combination of herbs, usually oregano.
Marinating is a must, as this is the time your protein is infused with all these beautiful flavors. I recommend marinating overnight, but I also realize not everyone has the time to do this that far in advance. You can prepare this the morning of or even a few hours before baking and it will still taste great.
This recipe for Sticky Mojo-Inspired Chicken Wings is just that. It’s inspired by the flavors of Cuban mojo. The added honey makes these wings sticky, sweet, garlicky, and citrusy, leaving you with a great snack for watching a big game on TV with your friends or any kind of party or potluck situation.
HOW TO MAKE STICKY MOJO-INSPIRED CHICKEN WINGS
- Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic with salt and twist until it forms a paste. Add the oregano and mix.
- Mix garlic paste, olive oil, Florida’s Natural Orange Juice, lime juice, and honey. And then, set the 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 marinated chicken and marinade on a baking sheet and drizzle some honey onto all the pieces.
- Bake for half an hour and drizzle a little more honey. Bake it for another 15 minutes until sticky and golden. Garnish with green onions and lime wedges and serve!
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Don’t worry if at the half hour mark it looks like you’ve got too much marinade remaining in the baking sheet. It reduces down by the time you’re done baking the wings.
- Make a double batch/recipe if you’re having a lot of guests because it’ll go quickly.
- As the chicken cools, it gets even stickier!
- Be sure all the wings are evenly coated while marinating. If you’re using a bag, give it a turn halfway through marinating if you can. If you’re using a bowl, you can give them a quick toss with some tongs.
Sticky Mojo-Inspired Chicken Wings
- 8 cloves of garlic peeled
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh or dried oregano
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Florida’s Natural® No-Pulp Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice from about 3 limes
- 1/2 cup honey divided
- 2 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken wing pieces (I used a mix of winglets and drumettes)
- Fine lime zest
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- Lime wedges
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 and forms a paste. Add the oregano and give it a good mix.
- In a medium bowl or resealable plastic bag, add the crushed garlic, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, and ¼ cup of honey (reserving the remaining ¼ cup for later). 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 shake it so the pieces are coated in the mojo mixture. If using a bowl, give it a good mix to ensure the marinade has thoroughly coated all of the chicken.
- Transfer to the fridge to marinate for 3 hours, ideally overnight. Even marinating 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 marinated chicken, along with the marinade. Drizzle the tops of the chicken pieces with ⅛ cup of honey (reserving the remaining ⅛ cup for later). Transfer to the oven to bake for 30 minutes then quickly remove the pan from the oven and drizzle the tops of the chicken with the remaining ⅛ cup of honey and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken skin has browned and looks sticky.
- Give the chicken a quick toss in the reduced marinade in your pan and promptly transfer it to a serving dish. It’s sticky and will stick to the pan if left to cool on it.
- Garnish with lime zest, sliced scallions, and/or some lime wedges.
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