Cuban Mojo Chicken Legs

Jamie Purviance

Difficulty: easy
Fuel Type:
  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    15 mins

  • Marinating Time

    4 to 24 h

  • Grilling Time

    50 mins


the Ingredients

Mojo Chicken Legs300


  • Completed step 4 garlic cloves
  • Completed step 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • Completed step ½ cup packed cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • Completed step ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • Completed step ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Completed step ¼ cup olive oil
  • Completed step Zest of one orange
  • Completed step Zest of one lime
  • Completed step 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Completed step 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Completed step 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Completed step ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Completed step 4 bone-in whole chicken legs, each (10 to 12 ounces)
  • Completed step Lime and orange wedges

Special Equipment

  • instant-read thermometer

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  • In the bowl of a food processor combine all of the marinade ingredients. Process to blend.
  • Put the chicken a large resealable plastic bag, add the marinade, and seal closed. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade evenly, then refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  • Prepare the grill for indirect and direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  • Lift the chicken out of the marinade, letting any excess liquid drip back in the bag. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Grill the chicken, skin-side up, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 40 minutes, then move to direct medium heat. Continue to grill, with the lid closed, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken (not touching the bone) registers 165°F and the chicken is well marked, 8 to 10 minutes more, turning as needed. Remove from the grill, and rest at room temperature, indoors, for 3 to 5 minutes.

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