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Dinosaur Barbecue Oven-Roasted Mojito Chicken

Posted by Don at anonymous 11/1/2001 6:20 pm

Source: Dinosaur Barbecue - Syracuse, NY

Just made this for dinner, it was excellent...

The Chicken
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 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley or cilantro

The Garnish
Lime wedges

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 degrees 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.

I served this over white rice cooked as follows:

2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves garlic
1 cup long grain rice

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.

The Mojito Marinade
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 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

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.

Makes 2 1/2 cups. Keeps for two weeks in fridge.

I know this seems like a lot of work, but the marinade and chicken use almost the same ingredients.

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