Mango Chile Chicken is a Thai-inspired dish that is bursting with sweet and tangy flavors. Juicy grilled chicken is first marinated in a chile lime and mango-based sauce that will have you licking your fingers clean. If you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal to spice up your routine, look no further.
Let’s fire up the grill and get started!
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Lately I have been loving all the fresh produce available in the summer month!
Fruit and meat can be an unlikely but incredible pair, and I love finding new ways to incorporate some sweetness into savory dishes, like with Hawaiian kebabs, fresh blueberry salsa, and shrimp pineapple tacos.
As you can see, I tend to gravitate to pineapple because I’m most comfortable with it. However, mango is one of my favorite salsa-additions, so why not try it out in other fun meals??
Not only do mango slices look beautiful on dinner plates, but when blended down into a sauce their flavor really shines.
Mixed with the spice of chilies and the sour of limes, the sweetness of mangoes complement these flavors wonderfully.
Mango Chile Chicken is served best with RICE. All kinds of rice! Plain basmati rice, pomegranate rice, or my favorite, cilantro lime rice. For a lighter take, enjoy on a bed of lettuce for a filling salad.
The mango love is real! I can’t wait to uncover more ways to enjoy this tropical fruit
How to: Make the Marinade
The key to a good marinade is balance.
In Marinating Meat a typical marinade is outlined to consist of fat, acid, salt, and seasoning.
In this recipe, we have olive oil (fat), lime juice and orange juice (acid), salt, and a variety of add-ins that pack a punch of flavor.
It’s necessary for this marinade to be chopped in a blender or food processor in order to liquify the mango cubes.
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse for around 30 seconds, or until the mango has been thoroughly processed.
Allow the chicken to marinade in half of the sauce for at least one hour. Overnight is best, but an hour at the minimum will allow the flavor to start soaking in. Make sure the chicken is refrigerated during this process!
How to: Make Mango Chile chicken
Once the chicken has marinated for the desired length, set it out on the counter to come up to room temperature.
Heat the grill to a medium-high heat. When picking up the chicken, allow excess marinade to drip off before placing on the grill directly over the heat.
Please discard any remaining marinade- this has been contaminated with the raw chicken and should not be consumed. Don’t fret- that is why we reserved half of the mango sauce at the beginning 😉
Cook the chicken about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.
Serve with rice and cover with the extra sauce for an extra flavor boost!
Mango Chile Chicken
- 1 mango cubed
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 tbsp sambal oelek
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 garlic cloves
- dash of salt and pepper
- 4 chicken breasts
- In a blender, combine all ingredients except the chicken breasts.
- Use half of the mango sauce to cover the chicken breasts and marinate for at least 1 hour. Reserve the remaining mango sauce.
- Grill chicken over medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Serve over rice and baste with additional sauce.
- Orange juice can be substituted with white wine
- Sambal oelek can be substituted with sriracha
What are your favorite ways to enjoy fruit and meat together in the same meal? Lemme hear your favorites below!
38 thoughts on “Mango Chile Chicken”
I’m not a huge mango lover but this looks so delicious and juicy xx
This sounds delicious! I love mango and don’t use it enough – this sounds like a perfect summer dinner idea. I’ve pinned this for later to try!
This sounds delicious! I like to have mango by itself or in smoothies, but never tried it while cooking! And to be honest, I needed a new way to cook chicken, so this comes at the right time x
I don’t eat meat but this would be something my husband would enjoy as I recently got him to try some spicy mango curry (and various other dishes) and he loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
One of my favourite salads has mango, chicken and chili. This is definitely a recipe I need to try!
I absolutely love these flavours together – mango is such a summer delight! I will defo be trying this recipe out for summer bbqs!
This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Exactly my sort of meal! The perfect healthier dish for Summer and I bet it goes great with rice like you’ve suggested!
This looks really tasty! I’m a vegetarian, so would switch the chicken to Quorn x
My husband is going to go crazy for this recipe! Thank you for sharing it!
As always, you’ve delivered on another amazing recipe! Thanks for the tips on marinating meat. I would ABSOLUTELY make this for my family. 🙂
This looks so delicious, healthy, and easy to make (or not it just looks easy to make haha). So cool!
This looks absolutely AMAZING! I will need to make this for dinner one night. I don’t think I have tried a lot of Thai food I will really need to change that.
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I love mango and chicken but I’ve never had them together!! This is such an easy recipe to follow, thank you so much for sharing!
Oh, yum! I never considered marinating with Mango! Genius! This is right us my alley, and I can’t wait to try! Thank you..,pinned! 🙂
Ohh wow this seems interesting. I didn’t know you can add mango flavor in chickens! Seems a good combo to me! Yum :))
Fiona | beyond beneath
This mango chicken marinade sounds AMAZING! I am definitely making this for my guy since it has all of his favorite flavors. Great recipe!
I think this will become a family favorite this summer, as we love mango. I bet the sweet and spicy combo is fantastic!
This was such an easy dinner to throw together. Great flavors.
I am definitely making this chicken dish this week!
Love anything Thai! adding mangoes to dishes is really a great way to add flavor to dishes great for get togethers to share.
I’m always on the hunt for ways to spruce up chicken and this is the perfect recipe! Thank you!
I love the addition of mango to this marinade sauce. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness!
I love the sound of this marinade! Mine is pretty much always the same (Mediterranean style), but it has become boring. I need to spice it up a bit and mango sounds just right!:) Thanks for the idea!
I can’t wait to try this recipe, mango is such a great flavor and I am always on the hunt for a way to change up chicken!
I love the combination of mango and lime in a dish. The sweet and sour go perfectly well together.
I love this post! I love chicken and so this would be perfect for me- as long as I didn’t make it too spicy xx
I just pinned this recipe because I absolutely MUST try it asap! It sounds divine. Perfect for the summertime. Thanks so much for sharing!
I have 5/8 of the recipe ingredients, I’m going to need to get the last bits in and try this out. Its looks and sounds so lush!
This recipe looks and sounds amazing! I’m always looking for new ways to use chicken so I’ll be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing! ☺️
Oh man, that looks amazingly good!
This looks heavenly! The fruity flavor from all the citrus and mango mixed with spiciness sounds perfect!
The ingredients are so easy to find and I’d really love to give this a try later! Thanks for sharing your recipe 😀
This looks so easy to cook up on a weekday night. Going to try this out. Thanks for sharing
Wow does this sound and look amazing! Super fresh! Thinking it would be good on top of a salad too!
Can’t wait to try this chicken recipe. What a fun mixture of ingredients. I started to ask about sambal oelek but then I noticed that you nicely added that you can substitue sriracha…thanks!
This sounds delicious! I’m not a big fan of mango but it looks like it works well in this recipe. Great post! xx
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