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Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken: A Cuban-Inspired Delight

Imagine coming home to the luscious aroma of a Cuban mojo chicken recipe wafting through the air. A mix of citrus juice, fresh herbs, and spices marinates the chicken until it’s teeming with flavor. With the slow cooker doing most of the work, this easy chicken recipe offers maximum flavor with minimum effort.

Why This Recipe Works

The magic of this Cuban chicken dish lies in the marinade. A mix of fresh orange and lime juice works together with olive oil, garlic, and spices to create a marinade that penetrates the chicken for the best flavor. The slow cooker allows for a long marination and cooking process, ensuring that every bite is filled with delicious flavor.


Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs? Yes, you can use chicken breasts, but they may not be as juicy as thighs. Always check the internal temperature to make sure it’s cooked through.

Can I substitute sour oranges for the mix of citrus juice? Yes, sour orange juice can be used to capture the authentic Cuban mojo sauce flavor.

What’s the best way to store leftover mojo chicken? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. The chicken will taste even better the following day.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Zest Before Juicing: Always zest your oranges and limes before juicing to capture all those essential oils.
  2. Paper Towel Pat-Down: Before placing the chicken in the marinade, pat it down with a paper towel to remove excess moisture for better marination.
  3. Heat Before Serving: For an extra layer of texture and flavor, you can place the chicken on a hot grill for 5-10 minutes to get it golden brown. This works best when grill grates are well-oiled to prevent sticking.


  1. Extra Spice: Add some red onion or green beans for extra flavor and crunch.
  2. Marinade Swap: If you’re out of fresh citrus, lemon juice can be used as a substitute, although the flavor profile will change slightly.
  3. Rice Bowl Twist: Serve over cilantro lime rice or black beans for a hearty Cuban rice bowl.

Where to Serve

This dish is versatile enough to be served at a weeknight dinner or a special Cuban-themed party. Serve it with cooked rice, black beans, and your choice of side dishes for a complete meal.


Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. For longer storage, consider freezing the marinated chicken in a separate container. Remember to thaw it in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before reheating.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Dry Chicken: Always use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees F.
  2. Bland Flavor: For maximum flavor, make sure to marinate the chicken for at least two hours or overnight for best results.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

Involve your kids by letting them help with juicing the oranges and limes. They can also assist in measuring spices and herbs. Just ensure they wash their hands thoroughly after handling raw chicken.

Topping Options

You can top the mojo chicken with extra fresh cilantro, or a dollop of Cuban mojo sauce for an added burst of citrusy goodness. For those who like a bit more heat, consider sprinkling some red pepper flakes before serving.

So, if you’re looking to try a new chicken recipe, this Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken is a great option. Its layers of complex yet harmonious flavors are sure to make it a new family favorite.

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The Best Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken
Yield: 6 servings

The Best Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

This Slow Cooker Mojo Chicken brings Cuban flavors to your kitchen with a marinade of fresh orange and lime juices, olive oil, garlic, and spices. Simply marinate the chicken, then slow-cook it for a tender, flavorful meal that pairs perfectly with rice and black beans.


  • 1 family pack chicken thighs
  • 2 medium oranges, zested
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 medium lime, zested
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. To freeze: Place all of the ingredients into a gallon size freezer bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. Prior to cooking, thaw the bag in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. To cook: Place the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 253Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 28mgSodium 569mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 6g

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