This cook was inspired by a cook I saw on Man Fire Food. Simple but certainly something a little different. On the episode in question, the mojo sauce was used as a baste for a whole hog. It looked fantastic so thought I would give it a go.
Mojo sauce normally contains sour oranges, oregano, garlic and cumin. I was unable to find sour oranges so the alternative would be regular oranges and lime juice. It’s not quite authentic but should have given a similar flavour. Some of the sauce was used as a marinade and the rest was kept as a baste for later. I decided to spatchcock the chicken to maximise the surface area when basting and in turn maximise flavour.
In the end, the chicken was very succulent and tasted great but I felt as though it missed something. It just didn’t pack the punch that I expected. Some chilli flakes and zest from the limes would have given it the kick I felt it needed. All in all I was happy with the cook. Definitely feel inspired and excited to experiment with my own take on Mojo Sauce next time.
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66