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Friday, May 8, 2009

Mojito Chicken

First, a thousand apologies for the blurry picture. We were hungry. I was lazy. :-)

I've had this Guy Fieri recipe bookmarked for probably well over a year. I am glad I finally got around to making it! We loved the flavors... until we got to the glaze. Admittedly, I over-thickened it. But the flavor was just.... eh. We added some of the juice from the chicken pan after it came out of the oven to loosen it up, and it turned out muuuuch better. In the end, we thought it was excellent. I'd love to grill it next time!

Mojito Chicken
Source: Guy Fieri

* 1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) chicken (we used a few boneless skinless chicken breasts)
* 2 tablespoons garlic powder
* 1 tablespoon onion powder
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 tablespoon dried oregano
* 2 tablespoons kosher salt
* 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* Marinade, recipe follows
* 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* Mojito Glaze, recipe follows


Remove backbone of chicken with poultry shears; flatten chicken out by pressing firmly on skin part of chicken so it will sit evenly in a pan.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Combine all the dry spices and rub chicken with spice mixture, especially under the skin. Put into a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade, then add chicken to marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess marinade. In a large saute pan over medium to high heat, add 4 tablespoons of extra- virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, place chicken skin side down and sear.

When skin is golden brown flip chicken and add 1/2 cup of marinade into pan; place pan in oven and cook the chicken for 25 minutes or until chicken has internal temperature of 165 degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer.

Remove the chicken from oven and brush with Mojito Glaze. Place chicken under broiler for 5 minutes. Remove from broiler, cut and serve immediately with more glaze on the side.


* 1 cup orange juice
* 2 limes, juiced
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
* 1/4 cup dark rum

Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.

Mojito Glaze:

* 1/2 cup dark rum
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 3 tablespoons cold water
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In medium sauce pot, place rum, chicken broth and brown sugar. Reduce by 1/3 over high heat. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. When rum mixture is reduced, add cornstarch mixture slowly to simmering liquid and whisk for 3 minutes, until 50 percent thicker. Keep in mind that you might not need all of it. When glaze is at desired thickness, add mint leaves and transfer to small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Colleen said...

This looks delicious! I think I would love it grilled as well!

~Kimberly said...

Mojito is my FAVORITE drink, so I just printed this recipe out to try it! Since I'm pregnant, maybe the 'mojito' in the chicken will quench my craving!!

Kerstin said...

The marinade looks fantastic, so I can imagine your chicken was super tasty! I bet you're right and it would be even better on the grill!

Joelen said...

The marinade and glaze looks like great recipes!

~Amber~ said...

I am always looking for new ways to cook/grill chicken. This sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.