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Dinosaur Barbecue-style Oven-Roasted Mojito Chicken

Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken (3 1/2 pounds or so), cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup Mojito Marinade (see below)
  • 1 large onion, sliced in 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley or cilantro

Garnish Ingredients:

  • Lime wedges

Preparation:

Spread the chicken out in a baking dish and pour marinade over chicken, marinate 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Scatter onion slices over bottom of a roasting pan, put in chicken skin side up.

Pour remaining marinade over chicken and onions. Roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until chicken is golden and cooked through.

Lift chicken out of pan and arrange on a serving dish, spoon onions and pan juices over chicken, sprinkle with parsley and lime wedges.

Rice Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup long grain rice

Preparation:

Combine water, salt, olive oil and garlic and bring to a boil. Add rice and cook covered (simmer) for about 20 minutes or until not too moist.

Mojito Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

Mix together garlic, onions, orange and lime juice. Heat oil in large saucepan until almost smoking, now be careful (wear your oven mitts!) and slide the mixture into the hot oil simmer for 5 minutes until garlic and onion are soft.

Season marinade with rest of ingredients. Pour everything into a blender or food processor and pulse three times.

Cool to room temperature. Keeps for two weeks in fridge.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

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