How To Make Mango Sauce For Chicken

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How To Make Mango Sauce For Chicken. This simple to make and mouthwatering chicken dish will get its flavor mainly from the mango and honey served with a kick of spice. With the use of fresh mangoes readily available in farmers markets, it is also possible to make it fresh in your own home kitchen .

How To Make Mango Sauce For Chicken

Total Time:30 MINUTES

Easy, healthy and flavorful with just a few simple ingredients, this Mango Salsa Chicken will be your go-to for busy nights!

mango salsa chicken with lime slices on the side on a plate.

Did you know that you can use fruit in a salsa? Okay, technically tomatoes are a fruit, but I’m talking the typical produce we regard as fruit. Tropical fruits are especially good to try in salsa toppings, like pineapple and mango. These fruits also pair well with other salsa ingredients, like onion, peppers, cilantro, and lime.

The acids in the fruits and the juices complement fish and chicken as well. It’s just something about the tanginess of mango salsa with chicken in particular that just tastes divine to me. It also reminds me of summer evenings spent outside, firing up the grill and serving this mango salsa on the side of chicken or on top of tacos. Luckily, we do not only use the grill in the summers. We are year-round grillers. Though I do draw the line on sitting outside when it’s cold out, we can still bring the grilled goodness of warmer months indoors and pretend it’s not freezing.

You may have also notice that I might have a slight love affair with mangoes. Although they can sometimes be a pain to peel, the taste is well worth it. If you’re lucky, your grocery store will sometimes also have fresh-cut mango all ready to go for you. On those days, I do a little happy dance because buying pre-cut anything only makes an already quick dinner go that much faster. And that means more time for other things — like eating and enjoying the dish.  

top view of a pair of hands holding a plate with mango salsa chicken and lime slices on it.

WHAT OTHER FRUITS ARE GOOD SUBSTITUTES FOR MANGO?

The other good thing about this recipe is that you probably have a lot of the ingredients already on hand. If you have most of them but not the mango, you can get creative and substitute another fruit.

Pineapple, papaya, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and cantaloupe will also do in a pinch. You can also often find peach or mango salsa already made and jarred in the international foods section of your grocery store.

mango salsa chicken, lime slices and a fork on a plate.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CUT A MANGO?

Mangoes can be hard to cut. They are slippery, the skin can be tough, and the seed runs right down the middle and is rather large and hard to cut around. Have no fear, I have found a way that works for me and I think that you’ll find peeling them isn’t too terrible once you get the hang of it.

You’ll need a vegetable peeler, either a flat or Y-shaped one will work. Peel all the skin off the mango till you get to the bright yellow part. Use a paper towel or a clean dish towel to hold the mango if it’s too slippery. I then like to cut about a half an inch off the bottom so that I can hold the mango upright.

Make your first slice from the top down, slightly offset from center, to one side of the seed, then make the same cut on the other side of the pit. Cut as much as you can from the smaller sides around the pit. Then, take the big chunks and dice them up like any other fruit.

top view of one hand holding a plate with mango salsa chicken and lime slices on top with the other hand holding a fork.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A MANGO MARINADE?

If you’d rather marinade the chicken in a mango sauce than make a salsa topping (or do both for a double-mango whammy), the easiest way is to take these salsa ingredients and…are you ready for this? …blend them all up into a marinade!

You don’t have to worry about chopping everything up too fine or perfectly either if you’re just going to blend it all together. If the marinade is too thick, you can add some water or a sweet white wine or white wine vinegar to thin it out. I would only add about an eighth of a cup at a time so it doesn’t get too thin.

This would also make a good salad dressing too! (Just remember, it’s important to not reuse any marinades and to throw any leftovers out if it has been in contact with meat.

top view of mango salsa chicken, lime slices and a fork on a plate.

Mango Salsa Chicken

Easy, healthy and bursting with flavor with just a few simple ingredients, this Mango Salsa Chicken will be your go-to for busy nights!

Prep Time: 10 MINUTES

Cook Time: 20 MINUTES

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Total Time: 30 MINUTES

Servings: SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • ▢4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts – pounded to even ¾ inch thickness or less
  • ▢2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ▢salt and pepper – to taste
  • ▢1 teaspoon cumin
  • ▢1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ▢1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ▢½ teaspoon Italian blend seasoning – (or make your own with dried basil, dried thyme, dried oregano)

Mango Salsa

  • ▢2 mangoes
  • ▢½ red or white onion – diced
  • ▢1 red bell pepper, – diced
  • ▢1 bunch cilantro – chopped
  • ▢¼ teaspoon salt
  • ▢juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl stir together all of the ingredients for the mango salsa, set aside. 
  • Drizzle chicken with oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir together cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. Season chicken with spices. 
  • GRILL chicken over medium-high heat, or BAKE at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Serve immediately with mango salsa.  

Notes

Store extra salsa in the fridge, covered tightly, for up to three days. 

Flavor tip: Add 1 seeded, diced jalapeno to the mango salsa for a bit of a kick. 

Grilled Mango Chicken Recipe

Grilled Mango Chicken features a sweet and spicy mango lime marinade that caramelizes perfectly on a hot grill. It’s perfect for your summer BBQ.

Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.

Who’s ready to do some summertime grilling? 

Why not try something different this year instead of your typical grilled hotdogs and hamburgers? How about something with a tropical twist? This Mango Chicken is sweet and spicy, saucy and tangy… It’s pretty much perfection and it needs to find its way onto your grill as soon as possible.

It’s also really, really simple. The sauce comes together in a snap with the help of your blender. Mango for sweetness, lime juice for some tang, a bit of fish sauce for some salty, umami goodness, brown sugar to help things caramelize, and Sriracha for some heat. Pour all that beautiful tangerine-colored marinade into a large Ziploc bag, add your chicken thighs, and let all those flavors soak in for at least 4 hours (overnight is even better).

Package of chicken next to mangoes

When you’re ready to serve up your Mango Chicken, just pop the chicken thighs onto a grill prepared for medium heat. Let them get nice and golden brown on one side and then flip, spoon a bit more of that yummy sauce on top and grill until cooked through. The sauce will get concentrated and caramelized, coating the chicken perfectly. For garnish, I also like to grill up a lime as the chicken finishes cooking. When it’s done, you can squeeze all that citrusy, smoky lime juice over the Mango Chicken for a bit of extra flavor.

Is Mango Chicken Spicy?

  • This Mango Chicken is not very spicy at all. However, if you’d like to cut down on the heat completely, simply leave out the Sriracha sauce.
Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.

Wine Pairings for Mango Chicken:

  • Gewürztraminer has flavors of stone fruit and citrus, making it perfect for pairing with this dish. Plus, its hint of sweetness tames down the hint of spicy heat.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is another great wine pairing option. It’s bright citrus flavors and herbal notes pair well with the grilled lime and cilantro that finishes off this dish.

Mango Chicken

This Mango Chicken features a sweet and spicy mango lime marinade that caramelizes perfectly on a hot grill. Serve these chicken thighs at your next barbeque for an unexpected and tropical twist on your typical BBQ fare.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings:  people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (boneless & skinless )
  • 1 cup cubed mango (defrosted if frozen)
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (for serving)
  • 1 lime (halved)

Instructions

  • Combine mango, lime juice, fish sauce, oil, brown sugar, Sriracha, garlic and salt in a blender; process until smooth. Transfer to a large Ziploc bag and add chicken. Massage to coat and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place on grill. Grill for about 10 minutes, then flip and spoon a bit more marinade on the top. Grill chicken for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees and its juices run clear.
  • Add the remaining marinade to a small saucepan and combine with 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil and allow to rapidly simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken finishes cooking, place lime halves on the grill, cut sides down, and allow to get a good sear on them.
  • Serve immediately, with cilantro, mango sauce and grilled lime on the side. 

EASY MANGO DIPPING SAUCE RECIPE

Easy Mango Dip

This Easy Mango Dipping Sauce is fresh and fruity! Pair it with chicken tenders, fried shrimp, grilled fish — or anytime you want tropical flair added to your meal.

It still feels weird to me that I’m sharing a recipe that is mostly made of mangoes. It wasn’t too long ago that I thought I didn’t like mangoes. Please tell me I’m not the only weird person who “thought” they didn’t like something….only to eat it and realize that you actually love it. That was totally me: ewww…I don’t like mangoes. Until I actually tried them and now I’m buying them all the time.

When I made my Coconut Chicken Tenders, I wanted a dip for them that was fruity and tropical. I also wanted it to be very healthy. I love to dip chicken tenders and I didn’t want to spend all my daily Weight Watchers points on dip for them. This Easy Mango Dip worked out perfectly…it’s healthy, it’s easy, and it tastes amazing….especially with the Coconut Chicken Tenders.

Coconut Chicken Tenders with Easy Mango Dipping Sauce

To make this Easy Mango Dipping Sauce, you’ll only need 5 simple ingredients, all of which make this a clean eating dip too. I blended everything up in my Ninja Blender, but any blender or food processor should do the job just fine. One of the key ingredients is coconut milk, which is another reason that this a great dip to pair with the Coconut Chicken Tenders. Those are also made with coconut milk too, and if you open a can, you’ll likely have leftover coconut milk that can be used for this dip. Win/win…less waste! Enjoy!

easy mango dipping sauce

  •  Yield: 0 Approximately 1 cup of dipping sauce 1x

This Easy Mango Dipping Sauce is fresh and fruity! Pair it with chicken tenders, fried shrimp, grilled fish — or anytime you want tropical flair added to your meal.


INGREDIENTS

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  • 2 ripe mangoes (about 10–12 oz each, peeled & pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon Optional: 1 crushed red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Scoop mango out of the peel with a spoon and into your blender or food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until desired smoothness. Taste test sauce and, if necessary, adjust ingredients as desired.

NOTES

–If fresh mangoes aren’t available to you, you can use frozen mango chunks that have thawed. You’ll need approximately 2 cups of chunks for this recipe.

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