Mojo Marinated Grilled Chicken {Under a Brick}

Mojo Marinated Grilled Chicken {Under a Brick}

Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks! 

Years ago, I bought a grill pan. It’s this one, in case you’re wondering. ;)

Since an actual grill is not allowed on my balcony where I live, I was beyond thrilled to use the next best thing – a grill pan! I remember getting home one day, marinating chicken, placing it on the grill pan, anxiously awaiting grill marks. Except…there were none. No grill marks.

Ugh.

I saw faded grill marks but I was expecting the ones you see on an actual grill. You know when you BBQ next to the pool and you make chicken and you see grill marks and they taste delicious. Well, there was none of that happening here!

I never used the pan again.

True story.

I was so discouraged after that, I just never used the pan again.

UNTIL NOW.

Granted, NOTHING will compare to getting those charcoal, straight-from-the-BBQ grill marks but this is as close as I could get. I’ll take it!

First things first, I learned from this video that I needed a brick! Immediately, I ran to the nearest home improvement store to buy ONE brick. Haha! So random. The thing is that cooking chicken breast with a brick on top keeps it from curling up and also helps to cook it quicker, more thorough, and you guessed it – grill marks!

Before any cooking action happens however, you must marinate the chicken in deliciously garlic citrus marinade aka mojo. The marinade I’ve been enjoying since birth. By far, my FAVORITE way to enjoy grilled chicken breast. Juicy, citrusy, smoky, and delicious. I don’t know about you but I CANNOT eat boiled or even white chicken. Chicken breast needs to have flavor AND color!

This is what I do:

I usually use store bought mojo (Badia brand is best) but I’ve tried this homemade mojo marinade recipe and, it was just as good! You need garlic, onion, orange juice, lime juice, oregano, peppercorns, and salt. Pulse minced garlic and onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Add two parts orange juice to one part lime. Add oregano, black peppercorns, and salt. Blend until smooth. Some tips, just in case.

I leave the chicken marinating with this citrusy goodness in a bowl in the fridge overnight. The longer you marinade the chicken, the stronger the flavor. Even 20 minutes goes a long way! When you are ready to cook, you season the chicken breast with oregano, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

Once the pan is hot, add the chicken breast and cook for 6 minutes on each side. That’s it! SUPER IMPORTANT: Make sure to turn the brick to a different side after you flip the chicken. You don’t want to contaminate the cooked side of the chicken with the side of the brick that touched the raw chicken.

The more you know. Cue little star thing.

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Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks!

I hope you make this and you LOVE it!

 

Mojo Marinated Grilled Chicken. Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks!
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Mojo Marinated Grilled Chicken {Under a Brick}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks!

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jamie Silva
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast butterflied
  • 1 cup mojo marinade (see homemade recipe in notes)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add chicken and mojo marinade in a bowl for at least 20 minutes in the fridge (or overnight, the longer the better). Remove chicken from marinate and season with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, parsley, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

  2. Pre-heat a grill pan to high heat. Place chicken on the grill with the brick wrapped in foil on top for 6 minutes.
  3. After 6 minutes, flip the chicken. Using the other side of the brick, place it on the other side of the chicken. Cook for another 6 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
IMPORTANT: Make sure to turn the brick to a different side after you flip the chicken. You don't want to contaminate the cooked side of the chicken with the side of the brick that touched raw chicken.

HOMEMADE MOJO MARINADE: You need garlic, onion, orange juice, lime juice, oregano, peppercorns, and salt. Pulse minced garlic and onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Add two parts orange juice to one part lime. Add oregano, black peppercorns, and salt. Blend until smooth. Some tips, just in case.

This post was originally published in March 2016. Recipe and photos were updated in December 2016. This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of the product links above and complete a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. Do understand that I will never place a link nor make a recommendation on a product or service that I don’t love or use personally. Thank you for keeping A Sassy Spoon, sassy. ;)

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Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks!

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