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Mango Chicken Recipe

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Mango Chicken

Are you ready to make a delicious, juicy mango chicken dish that will take your taste buds on a tropical journey? Whether you like sweet and savory flavors or need a quick weeknight dinner idea, this recipe is sure to impress.

With tender chicken pieces coated in a tangy mango sauce, you’ll create a meal that feels like a mini-vacation on your plate. This vibrant dish combines fresh mango, bell peppers, and a hint of spice to make every bite unforgettable. Plus, it’s perfect for grilling, baking, or sautéing, so you can adapt it to your cooking style.

This simple yet flavorful recipe will have you enjoying a restaurant-quality meal in less than two hours. So grab your ingredients and let’s dive into making mango chicken that’s better than takeout.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make a delicious Mango Chicken, you need some basic ingredients that might already be in your kitchen. Here’s what you need:

Main Ingredients:

  • Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs.

    • Substitute: Tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Mango: Fresh mango for the sweet and tangy flavor.

    • Substitute: Pineapple or peaches if mangoes are unavailable.
  • Lime Juice: Adds freshness and tang.

    • Substitute: Lemon juice.
  • Fish Sauce: Adds a savory, umami element.

    • Substitute: Soy sauce or tamari for a vegetarian version.
  • Olive Oil: For cooking.

    • Substitute: Canola oil or vegetable oil.

Seasoning and Flavorings:

  • Brown Sugar: Gives a hint of sweetness.

    • Substitute: Honey or maple syrup.
  • Sriracha: Adds a bit of heat.

    • Substitute: Any hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Garlic: Minced.

    • Substitute: Garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Salt: Enhances all the flavors.

    • Substitute: Sea salt or Kosher salt.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch: For those who prefer a thicker sauce.

    • Substitute: Arrowroot powder.
  • Eggs: If breading the chicken.

    • Substitute: Buttermilk.

Cooking Essentials:

  • Parchment Paper: Needed if you choose to bake.
    • Substitute: Aluminum foil, lightly oiled.

Feel free to experiment with these substitutes if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand!

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 ripe mangoes, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).



  2. Prepare the Chicken:
    Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.



  3. Coat the Chicken:
    Dip each chicken piece into a bowl of cornstarch, then into a bowl of slightly beaten eggs. Make sure it’s well-coated.



  4. Brown the Chicken:
    Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until both sides are golden brown.



  5. Sauté the Vegetables:
    In the same pan, add diced onions and minced garlic. Sauté for 5-10 minutes until they are soft.



  6. Combine Ingredients:
    Add the browned chicken and sliced mangoes to the pan. Stir well to combine everything.



  7. Bake:
    Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked before removing it from the oven.



  8. Rest the Chicken:
    Take the dish out and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.


Serve the Mango Chicken with rice or greens for a complete meal. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips for Perfect Mango Chicken


  • Choose Ripe Mangoes: Use ripe, juicy mangoes for the best flavor. They should feel slightly soft and smell sweet.



  • Marinate the Chicken: For more flavor, let the chicken marinate in your favorite spices or sauces for at least 30 minutes before cooking.



  • Adjust Spice Levels: Customize the spice to your preference by adding more or less chili or curry paste.


Cooking Tricks


  • Cook in Batches: To avoid overcrowding the pan, cook the chicken in batches. This ensures each piece is golden brown.



  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs can make a big difference in taste.



  • Add Mango Last: Add mango slices at the end of cooking to keep them from becoming mushy.


Storing Mango Chicken

Storage MethodInstructions
RefrigeratingPlace in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
FreezingFreeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
ReheatingHeat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed. You can also microwave, but the texture might change.

Make-Ahead Tips

  • Prep Ingredients: Chop ingredients in advance and store them in separate containers in the fridge.
  • Cook Early: You can cook the chicken ahead of time and store it. Just add the mango and sauce when you’re ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with Rice: Serve your mango chicken over steamed rice, jasmine or basmati works well.
  • Add Veggies: Complement the dish with stir-fried veggies like bell peppers or snap peas.

Enjoy your delicious mango chicken with these handy tips and tricks!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

  • Baked Mango Chicken: Preheat your oven to 425°F and bake instead of grill.
  • Grilled Version: Marinate the chicken in a mix of coconut milk, lime juice, and spices. Chill for 12-24 hours, then grill until cooked.
  • Quick and Easy: Use a pan. Sauté onions and garlic, then add chicken pieces until browned.
  • Spicy Mango Chicken: Add chili flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the marinade for some kick.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Rice: Perfect over white, brown, or jasmine rice. For a healthier option, try quinoa or brown rice.
  • Tacos: Shred the chicken and use it as a taco filling. Top with chopped mango, cilantro, and lime.
  • Salads: Slice the cooked chicken and serve over a green salad with a light vinaigrette.

Add-ons

  • Vegetables: Steamed broccoli, bell peppers, or snap peas make great additions.
  • Nuts: Sprinkle cashews or peanuts on top for extra crunch.
  • Sauce: Serve with extra mango sauce on the side for dipping.

These variations and serving suggestions can help you create a meal everyone will love! Each twist provides a new flavor or texture, making it easy to enjoy Mango Chicken in different ways.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.