I shouldn’t even write this.
I should keep this Florida girl secret to myself.
Seriously, it’s not even a real recipe.
But you’re here. We’re friends. And friends help each other out. Even when it comes to food cheating.
One bottle, two words: Mojo Criollo.
I think my mother first told me about this magical marinade about 6 years ago. You can use it on anything, but my preferred method is to wake up 20 min before I swore I’d be at the gym, tear open a package of chicken (recent preferred part is thighs), dump it in a bowl, cover it in mojo, pop it in the fridge and then blearily head to the nearest stair master.
(Stair master? Jesus, I really have become my mother).
Like any great marinade, all day is preferred, but this marinade does great work even after 3-4 hours. The best part is that I don’t even do any additional seasoning to the food. None. I just cook it as is (and please know that I HATE bland food).
Our preferred method lately has been to grill it over medium-high heat and achieve a good, crunchy char. Of course you an pan-fry, broil or bake.
We recently tried this with wings for the first time, and it was perfect. Little hand-held flavor bombs, accompanied with homemade blue cheese dressing. Once you make this dressing, you will wonder why we ever bought bottled blue cheese dressing before.
These are perfect for having friends over for football. Even if they get a little cold, they are still pretty dang delicious.
Steps below. Recipe down towards the bottom.
Place your chicken wings in a bowl. Cover in Mojo Criollo. Depending on how many wings you are making, you might use the whole bottle.
Cover the bowl and place in refrigerator for 3-8 hours.
When ready, prepare your grill to medium-high heat. If you don’t have a grill, I highly advise Shutterbean’s amazing technique for baking crispy wings in your oven.
When your grill is hot and ready, throw that chicken on. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes, turning a few times, to get a nice, even char on all sides.
While that’s cooking, grab your blue cheese ingredients and your food processor.
There are some online blue cheese dressings that involve mayo, yogurt, sour cream, etc. Those are fine, but I have found that simple is best and allows the blue cheese to SHINE!
I take half of the blue cheese, rip it in the food processor with low fat or fat free greek yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper for a few quick pulses. I then transfer to a bowl and mix in the remaining blue cheese. By putting half in the food processor, the blue cheese flavor is incorporated into the yogurt mixture, but then you still have nice chunks of blue cheese to bite into.
(If you have time to let these flavors marry, do. If you’re like me, dinner is probably happening in 5 minutes).
Serve it up and enjoy!!
Grilled Mojo Chicken Wings
- Party Pack of Chicken Wings
- 1 Bottle of Mojo Criollo (my preferred brand is Goya, but there are others)
- Marinate chicken in Mojo Criollo for 3-8 hours. Cover it and keep it in refrigerator until ready.
- Grill for 20-30 minutes, until there’s a nice char on the outside and the juices inside the chicken are clear. Flip throughout cooking (but not too frequently)
Blue Cheese Dressing
- 8 ounces of nonfat or low fat greek yogurt
- 5 ounces of crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 tbsp of vinegar
- Dash of garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Place the yogurt, 3 ounces of the blue cheese, lemon juice, vinegar and salt and pepper in the food processor. Pulse until the cheese is incorporated to your liking.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Stir in the rest of the crumbled blue cheese into the dressing. Add salt and pepper as necessary.