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Roasted Mojito Chicken

Roasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you’ll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum, Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Havana has been said to be the famous Cuban Mojito Drink’s birthplace, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. However, I am not interested in hashing it out over this lovely cocktail today; I decided instead to use its necessary ingredients in my Roasted Mojito Chicken I am sharing with you today.

 

Roasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you'll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper

I’m in the belief kitchen time should be fun, creative, and, most of all, come with an easy button. I love taking a simple recipe and glamming it up to a glorified new 7.0 method my family won’t soon forget. With the rising cost of meat prices on most meats, chicken has become the most affordable yet most boring meat for our family since I buy it so much lately.

Today, I am putting a spin on my everyday old roasted chicken recipe by making it a deliciously fun updated Roasted Mojito Chicken to wow the husband and our friends. Below you will find my recipe with relatively easy ingredients to find and simple instructions to make your own.

 

 

 

 

How to cut the chicken for roasting

  1. Remove the chicken’s neck bone and any of those gross giblets in your whole chicken before getting started.– Yeah, I know I hate this part too.
  2. Make sure you have a sharp paring knife and a pair of kitchen scissors on hand before we get started- the sharper, the better, of course.
  3. Place the roasting chicken on a cutting board breast side down. Working from the chicken’s cavity opening up to the neck, cut down each side of the chicken’s backbone with a pair of kitchen shears. – Place the chicken’s backbone in the garbage can or reserve it if you feel the need to use it for another recipe idea. Be sure if you have animals to make these bones inaccessible to your favorite pet.
  4. Grab the chicken with one breast in each hand and open it from the center, exposing the chicken’s cavity. The breast bones will crack a bit – that slightly unpleasant sound is perfectly normal to hear.
  5. We are almost done; there is no need to remove the soft breastbone for what we are planning.
  6. The last step utilizing sharp kitchen shears cut from the bottom cavity down the center to the chicken’s neck. That’s it; your chicken should be in half, and the body looks like the picture above.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Mojito Chicken Marinade 

  • 1/2 cup of white Rum, your brand
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • zest of 2 fresh limes
  • juice of 5 fresh limes
  • Four garlic cloves minced
  • Two teaspoons of cane sugar or sugar in the raw
  • 1/2 of a tablespoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon cumin
  • fresh ground pepper
 
 

Directions for marinade 

  1. Place all the above ingredients in a blender and blend for 45 seconds to combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Place in a tightly sealed jar or container until ready for use. It may be stored for 7+ days safely.
 
 

 

ROASTED MOJITO CHICKEN 

  • One roaster chicken, in 2 halves
  • One recipe for Mojito Marinade
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 – 2 sliced limes optional
  • fresh mint leaves optional
 
 

 

Directions for Roasted Mojito Chicken

  1. Marinade chicken halves in Mojito Marinade for 60 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place chicken halves on a baking rack that you have placed over a metal baking sheet.
  4. Season chicken halves with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste.
  5. Add sliced limes to the top of chicken halves, may fasten with toothpicks if needed.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until done.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a heat-safe area for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you'll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper
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Roasted Mojito Chicken

Roasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you’ll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Marinate1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Keyword: Cuban Roasted Chicken, Mojito Chicken, Roasted Chicken
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 424kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • 1-7- pound Roasting Chicken Organic preferred, cut in half
  • Kosher Salt Season liberally
  • Freshly ground peppercorns Season liberally
  • 1 recipe Mojito Marinade
  • 2 Limes Sliced
  • Fresh Mint Leaves

Mojito Marinade

  • ½ cup White Rum your brand
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Fresh mint leaves Finely chopped
  • 2 Limes Zested and juiced
  • 3 Limes Juice of
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Cane Sugar or sugar in the raw
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 10 turns Freshly Ground Black Peppercorns

Instructions

Marinade

  • Place all above ingredients in a blender and blend for 45 seconds or so to combine all ingredients thoroughly. Place in a tightly sealed jar or container until ready for use. May be stored for 7+ days safely.

Mojito Chicken

  • Marinade chicken halves in Mojito Marinade for 60 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Place chicken halves on a baking rack that you have placed over a metal baking sheet.

  • Season chicken halves with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to your own taste.

  • Add sliced limes to the top of chicken halves, may fasten with toothpicks if needed.

  • Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from oven and place on a heat-safe area for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you'll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper

 

 

 

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Moriah
    October 26, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Great recipe!! I have made this several times and it always needs quite a bit longer in the oven than stated, even with a smaller chicken and bringing it to room temp first. Wondering if others find this as well?

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:30 am

      Good morning-Moriah!
      I have yet to have anyone mention that over the years. It may have to do with the variance in oven temps. I used to have an oven that everything seemed to take long until I had it celebrated. Are you cutting the chicken in half or leaving it whole? It also makes a huge difference in cooking times. I’m glad you like the recipe, though. Let me know if that helps, or worst case, since you know, it takes longer in your oven. Just cook it a little longer. Have a wonderful day!–Heidy

  • Reply
    Liz
    May 18, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Ok this marinade sounds AMAZING! I’m a vegetarian but thinking I might need to try this marinade on veggies or tofu! What do you think??

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:31 am

      That sounds like a great idea Liz!!!!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    May 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Made this for dinner last night and had smiling faces all around the table! My kids are already asking for me to make it again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:32 am

      Thank you, Sara!!! It’s one of my favorites!!!

  • Reply
    Amy
    May 18, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    This was such a good idea, I loved all the flavours of a mojito! I will be making this again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Thank you, Amy!!! I appreciate the feedback!

  • Reply
    Shanika
    May 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    OMG! This Chicken recipe was so amazing! Mojitos + Chicken were like a PERFECT dinner combo!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:34 am

      Good morning and Thank you, Shanika!!!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    May 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    YUM! This chicken was so moist, tender and I love how golden brown it came out! So delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 27, 2020 at 6:35 am

      Thank you, Natalie! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply
    Moriah
    August 17, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    This was incredible! My husband said it’s the best chicken he’s ever had, and I have to agree! I omitted the sugar and marinated all afternoon – turned out perfect with a few extra minutes cook time. I did have some trouble figuring out how to chop up the raw chicken … I had never done that before! Had to YouTube a video … Maybe additional guidance would be good for newbies like me! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      February 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for the compliment, I apologize I just noticed this comment.

  • Reply
    Natasha D.Tremble
    May 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Flavors Sound So Yummy! Cant Wait To Try This.. I’ve Got All my ingredients Ready! Going to Marinade this Overnight & Grill it Tomorrow (Memorial Day) Thanks Heidy!!

  • Reply
    tinywhitecottage
    May 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    What a delicious recipe! So glad to have found your blog today through Tracey’s blog. I love your style of cooking.

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