Citrusy Mojito Chicken

The tangy flavors in a mojito inspired these juicy chicken thighs, tossed in fresh grapefruit and lime juice with mint and cilantro and served with a bright salsa of grapefruit and lime.

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  • Servings: 4


  • 1 red grapefruit
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Using a sharp knife, peel the grapefruit and lime, removing all of the bitter pith. Cut in between the membranes and release the sections onto a work surface. Squeeze the membranes over a medium bowl to extract the juices. Stir in half each of the olive oil, cilantro and mint and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat.

  2. Grill the chicken thighs over moderately high heat, turning them occasionally, until they are lightly charred outside and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the grapefruit and lime sections and transfer to a bowl. Add the red onion and the remaining olive oil, cilantro and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken thighs with the citrus salsa.

Make Ahead

The salsa can be refrigerated for up to 3 hours.

Serve With

Yellow rice.

Suggested Pairing

A citrusy Albariño, a mojito (of course) or a hefeweizen (a wheat beer often served with lemon).

Contributed By Photo © William Meppem Published February 2010

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