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Mojo Chicken

Try this delicious citrus chicken dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium cloves garlic mashed into a paste
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Wash and dry the chicken breasts and place in a container with a tight fitting lid.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic into a paste.
  • In a medium container, mix together the garlic, orange zest, lime zest, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes. Overnight or 24 hours is best.
  • Heat a medium or large nonstick lidded skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the marinated chicken breasts to the skillet. Saute covered for 15 minutes on the first side, then flip and saute covered for an additional 15 minutes on the second side. Remove from the heat. Let the chicken rest with the lid on for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature at the thickest point registers 165 F (74 C).


This recipe doubles beautifully if you’re cooking for more people (and it’s great for meal prep).
If you use dried oregano instead of fresh, you only need to use 1 teaspoon.