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Mojito Chicken with Mojo Verde

Serves 4

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup mint (For the Mojo Verde)
  • 2 green chilies, such as jalapeo or serrano depending on how hot you want it, seeded (For the Mojo Verde)
  • For the Mojito Chicken:
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 limes: zest and juice of 2 plus 2 cut into wedges to pass at table
  • 3 shots white rum
  • 3 tablespoons light agave syrup or 2 tablespoons super-fine sugar
  • About 1/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken breast, split in half to make 4 pieces; 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs; 2 bone-in, skin-on drummers
  • 1 cup cilantro or parsley, stems included (For the Mojo Verde)
  • For the Mojo Verde:
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus about 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
PREPARATION

For the chicken, combine marinade ingredients in large plastic bag then add chicken and chill 1 hour or up to overnight.

For the mojo, over medium high heat, saut garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add cilantro or parsley, mint, chilies, sherry vinegar, agave and salt to a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Remove to bowl and stir in 1/2 cup EVOO; adjust salt to taste.

Prepare an outdoor grill or two-burner indoor grill pan with one side over low heat; the opposite side over medium-high heat. Cook chicken 20 minutes over indirect or low heat, turning occasionally, then finish 3-5 minutes over higher heat to caramelize and mark evenly.

Serve chicken with green mojo sauce drizzled over the top and pass lime wedges at table.

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