Cuban Lemon-Garlic Chicken

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Rated 5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry


  1. Blend orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt, oregano, white pepper, cumin, coriander, and olive oil together in a blender until smooth; about 30 seconds.
  2. Put chicken thighs in a large, resealable plastic bag; add marinade and remove as much air as possible before sealing bag. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight..
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Put thighs into a square baking dish with skin-side up. Pour marinade over the chicken. Roast in oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Increase temperature to on 425°F (220°C). Cook chicken at the adjusted temperature for 15 minutes, turn and cook skin-side-down until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 10 minutes more.
  6. Switch oven to Broil-High and turn thighs again so skin side is facing up.
  7. Broil until skin has browned, about 3 minutes more.
Mealthy tip:

Use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts for a lower fat alternative.


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October 31, 2017 at 6:57pm

Sam Dalton says:

This is a very authentic tasting recipe. We made this with plantains and I used skin-on chicken to get it nice and crisp on the outside, and juicy on the insider. Very flavorful, good recipe!

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October 26, 2017 at 3:59pm

Katie Hason says:

I love Latin food! I paired this chicken with rice and black beans, and a side of tostones. I also added more white pepper for extra spice. We will definitely be making this again. I bet you can also shred the chicken and use the meat in tacos or tostadas? I might try that next time.

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September 11, 2017 at 6:36am

Aja A says:

The flavors of this chicken were so good! I ended up using chicken breasts instead of thighs and the chicken was still juicy. I placed this chicken on top of some leftover black beans and it was delicious. Will use this rub again!