Mojito- Marinated Grilled Chicken

I’m not really a cocktail kinda gal… but mojitos are my favorite.  If there’s a good lookin’ mojito on the Happy Hour menu, I’m all over it.  That’s why this recipe title caught my eye, and I simply had to give it a go: Mojito Marinated Chicken. Yep, it’s all of your favorite mojito ingredients (lime juice, rum, & mint) in a marinade.

The marinade ingredients are whisked together and poured over the chicken. The longer it’s marinated the better… prepare in the morning and let marinate all day long in the refrigerator. I used bone-in chicken for this one.  You can try using boneless breasts, but they likely won’t turn out quite as moist.
While the chicken is marinating, the lime wedges get drunk w/ a little bit of rum. Just let ’em soak it all up.
Back in my catering days, we always baked chicken first and then finished it off on the grill when we got to the party. It was always super moist when prepared this way, and that’s the route I usually take at home. I baked these for about 30 minutes (covered) at 350, and then grilled for about 5 minutes per side. The limes are then thrown on the grill to soften up a bit. Serve the rum-soaked, grilled limes with the chicken. They add a little pizzazz when they’re squeezed onto the chicken before eating.
I served these Mexican Rice Cups with the chicken. I loved the flavors in them, but didn’t care for the way they were prepared as cups. Next time I’d just make 3 cups of white rice, and mix in 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper, & 1/2 tsp. salt. Top with a little corn, tomato, guacamole and sour cream and you’ve got an easy little side dish.

This chicken recipe was fabulous… absolutely moist and perfect. The mint flavor does not come through in a strong way. I’d say that the mojito flavor is just slightly imparted onto the chicken. It made for fantastic leftovers too- thrown into a salad with black beans and corn.

This recipe can be found here: Mojito- Marinated Chicken Breasts

If you’re a fan of mojitos, you might like to to try some of the mojitos that I’ve made
(click to view recipe & picture):
Classic Mojitos
Cranberry Mojitos
Greek Mojitos
Orange-Basil Mojitos
Pomegranate Mojitos
Watermelon Mojitos

29 Responses to “Mojito- Marinated Grilled Chicken”

  1. postedApr 30, 2009 5:30 AM

    We love anything with lime at our house! The rice cups are super cute too!

  2. postedApr 30, 2009 5:50 AM

    Looks amazing.

    Never tried the oven first than grilled. I have great luck with 1 burner blasting high and the other burners on medium-low. Hit the meat on the high side to sear (remember to rotate 90 to get that criss cross) and then move to the lower heat burners and drop the high burner to medium-low and finish cooking.

    There is something magical too about grilled limes.

  3. postedApr 30, 2009 6:55 AM

    My mint has been growing like crazy so I was already thinking mojitos this weekend. I’ve never tried the bake then grill method but I can’t wait give it a try, along with one of your cocktail recipes!

  4. postedApr 30, 2009 7:13 AM

    Sounds like a great combination. I love lime on my chicken, but have never used rum in a marinade. I’m definitely going to try your cooking method. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken. Thanks!

  5. postedApr 30, 2009 7:23 AM

    You rock! It looks fantastic! Great idea, oven first…

  6. postedApr 30, 2009 7:53 AM

    The flavor in this looks like it will be amazing!

  7. postedApr 30, 2009 8:13 AM

    Yes, a friend made this once on the grill, and the chicken was so great. Everyone raved about how good it was. Great recipe!

  8. postedApr 30, 2009 9:11 AM

    Great chicken. I would love to have the leftover chicken in a salad for lunch.

  9. postedApr 30, 2009 12:11 PM
    CJ Carter

    This is now on my weekend menu plan. I can not wait to try it and the bake before grilling technique.

  10. postedApr 30, 2009 1:14 PM

    WOW that looks so DAMN tasty!! Love this one and your photos are making my mouth water!!

  11. postedApr 30, 2009 1:16 PM

    love the treatment of the rice with guacamole, tomatoes & sour cream.

  12. postedApr 30, 2009 1:22 PM

    That is a great tip about baking the chicken before grilling! This chicken looks delish!

  13. postedApr 30, 2009 2:23 PM

    Mojito and chicken amazing combination 🙂 Never tasted something like that…I’m drooling here!

  14. postedApr 30, 2009 3:26 PM

    Love the rice cups!! We are all doing Mexican lately! You’ll have to try our flank steak over at my blog. It seriously is so good!

  15. postedApr 30, 2009 4:55 PM

    Wow, that looks amazing, and I do love a good Mojito! Great tip on the chicken, had never thought of that!

  16. postedApr 30, 2009 5:21 PM

    Well I learned something , I didn’t know you did catering or use to. That would explain all the scrumptiousness that’s always here!! These is looks delicious!

  17. postedApr 30, 2009 7:09 PM

    I want to make this right now!

  18. postedApr 30, 2009 8:11 PM
    Girl Japan

    Me neither, I go with the the Virgin Cocktails these days, the rice and guacamole presentation is spot on… but you always do a fabulous job.

  19. postedMay 1, 2009 3:27 AM

    WOW! This looks like the perfect dinner for Cinco de Mayo, and the rice dish looks yummy as well. I need to go buy some limes. 🙂

  20. postedMay 1, 2009 3:43 AM

    This dish sounds amazing but I must say that I have been looking at all your mojito recipes and I definitely want to try them.

  21. postedMay 1, 2009 4:18 AM

    frankly, i just like saying the word “mojito.” although the drink is probably good, i’d much rather have it soaked into a piece of chicken–great recipe! and i love the rice cups, mostly due to the dollop of guac on top. 🙂

  22. postedMay 1, 2009 6:16 PM
    Cee Tindall

    This sounds awesome. I love the rice cups too. Wonderful menu! Thanks!

  23. postedMay 1, 2009 9:33 PM

    My brother in law just made this and it was absolutely fantastic!

  24. postedMay 2, 2009 10:22 AM
    Allison Lazerus

    You are doing such an amazing job! I miss you and always check recipes on your site. Everything looks great! My daughter is hooked also!

  25. postedMay 2, 2009 10:21 PM

    YUM! I am going to be adding these to one of my weekly meal plans soon!

  26. postedMay 3, 2009 6:48 PM

    Definitely making this one. Those rice cups look great though, like a rice tostada…

  27. postedMay 4, 2009 11:27 AM

    I do love a good mojito, so this chicken sounds right up my alley. What a fabulous recipe! I can’t wait to try this out. And I love that the drunk limes get squeezed over the chicken! How perfect.

  28. postedMay 5, 2009 10:02 AM

    Yum sounding!

  29. postedMay 6, 2009 1:43 PM

    A great concept…this will end up on my grill soon!

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