Fiery Chicken with Mojo
- 1 chicken, 3 to 4 lb.
- 1 jalapeño pepper, cored, seeded and minced
- 1 tsp. plus 1 Tbs. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. plus a pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. plus 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Let the chicken stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining 1/2 tsp. paprika and 1/2 Tbs. oregano. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone, registers 170°F, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, warm the 1/2 cup olive oil. Add the 1 Tbs. garlic and fry, stirring constantly, until the garlic begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and a pinch of salt. Let cool, then stir in the cilantro. Serve the sauce alongside the chicken.