Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa


Thanks to Mrs. Sequilla, a good friend's mom down in Little Havana, South Florida! She shared this recipe that was her grandmother's favorite. Everytime I make it someone asks for the recipe.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 teaspoons orange juice

  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce

  • ¼ cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • ½ cup diced mango

  • ½ avocado

  • chopped fresh cilantro to taste

  • chopped fresh parsley to taste


  1. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Place the cumin seeds, garlic, chile pepper, salt, olive oil, orange juice, and lemon juice into the bowl of a blender; grind to a coarse paste. Toss the chicken with the marinade, then place into the refrigerator, and allow to marinate for about 2 1/2 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until browned. Place into the oven, and cook until the juices run clear, about 8 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is in the oven, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lime zest, honey, and soy sauce in a skillet over medium-high heat. Simmer until the orange juice has reduced to 1/3 of original volume and is beginning to get thick and syrupy. Once thick, remove from heat, and whisk in the butter pieces one at a time until melted; set aside.

  5. To serve, place chicken on the plate and sprinkle with mango and avocado. Drizzle with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
32g Fat
15g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 52mg 258%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.