If you don’t like garlic or citrus then you can go ahead and keep scrolling through this blog because this recipe includes a lot of both.
I got the idea for this from a Saveur recipe for Cuban mojo (garlic-citrus marinade). I honestly don’t remember how the recipe fell into my lap but I was instantly intrigued. I love Cuban food. Versailles on Venice Blvd. is one of my favorite restaurants that I don’t visit enough in Los Angeles. They serve there a signature pollo Versailles dish that is a roasted half chicken marinated in their garlic sauce with sliced onion. I’m not sure how Versailles cooks the chicken but sure does taste slow cooked (that’s how succulent it is). When I saw this mojo marinade recipe the wheels started turning. I’m not calling this a replica of their dish but rather an ode to.
I removed all the seeds from my jalapeno. Up to you if you want to leave some in but beware too many will definitely change the flavor of the dish. The garlic and citrus (lemon and lime) are supposed to be the stars ingredients, not the jalapeno. Meaning, this really isn’t mean to be too spicy.
You can use chicken or pork. I used skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts. I did something I rarely do – I browned them first. This step helps but it’s not necessary. If you’re short on time, just throw the meat in there. If you decide to use chicken, you can use pretty much any cut: thighs, legs, boneless breasts, etc. If you use pork then I suggest a tenderloin or chops.
- 1-1.5lbs chicken or pork
- 7 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 jalapeno, sliced (seeds removed)
- 1 lemon, sliced
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp evoo
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1⁄4 tsp cumin
- In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lime juice, orange juice, evoo, salt, oregano, and cumin.
- Add sliced onion to bottom of slow cooker.
- Add chicken on top.
- Pour marinade on top of all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Top with sliced lemon and jalapeno.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6 hours.
Reserve the liquid! I pour some on top of my couscous and chicken and I highly recommend you doing the same.