My mojo chicken marinade is so fresh and flavorful, and it goes great with any protein. I always reserve about 2/3 of my mojo to drizzle on my burritos or use the next day as a salad dressing. Honestly, I would drink this stuff, it is so good. It's bright, refreshing, and it has a subtle kick from the jalapeno. I usually stick to oranges, but I've subbed pineapple and fresh peaches, and it's amazing.
Fresh Mojo Chicken Marinade
This marinade is so quick to assemble and uses all fresh ingredients--it tastes like summer. The bright citrus, herby cilantro, and slight heat of the Jalapeno combine for some of the juiciest and brightest flavor chicken you can find.
I know “salsa chicken” in the crockpot is easy, but this comes together in the food processor (the smaller kind does just fine), and only needs to marinate for about 30 minutes. Throw it on the grill while you cook the tortillas, and you're set.
Play around with the ingredients a bit depending on availability and what's in season. Swap out the orange for mandarins, pineapple, peaches, whatever you have on hand.
Grilled Mojo Chicken
While you can bake or air fry this chicken, Mojo Chicken is best on the grill, in the air fryer, or pan fried. I have baked it and it tastes good but the herbs and juices sit on top of the chicken leaving a green chicken breast haha.
Can I freeze Mojo Marinade?
Absolutely! This freezes really well. Whenever I have extra cilantro on hand that I need to use up, I make a batch and freeze. You can freeze this in ice cubes or toss your chicken in the marinade and freeze like that. This is a great and thrifty way to use up any cilantro or fresh fruit.
What do I eat Mojo Chicken with?
My favorite way to eat mojo chicken is in burrito bowls and tacos. You can make this into sandwiches or even pasta salad like my Chipotle Chicken Pasta Salad.
- 1 cup of cilantro, packed
- 5 garlic cloves
- 3 limes, zested and juiced
- 1 large orange, zested and juiced
- 1-2 jalapenos, seeded
- ½ tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp honey (optional)
- Throw all of these ingredients into a food processor, and blend until smooth.
- Put about 1/3 cup of the mixture in a plastic bag with your protein.
- Marinate the meat for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before cooking.
If you are worried about heat, remove seeds from the jalapeno. Blend the ingredients with 1, taste, and decide if you want more.
1/3 cup marinade is needed for 2-3 pounds of protein. Reserve the rest for dipping OR freeze. Nutritional Information and WW Points reflect marinade only (1/3 cup divided into 8 servings)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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Check out my full guide to how to cook and season chicken here.