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Mango Chicken

Quick and simple mid-week dinners are just what you need if you’re a busy parent cooking for hungry kids! This recipe is also great if you’re a student with limited kitchen equipment because the whole meal is prepared in just one pan!

This dish calls for a jar of mango salsa. But if you do have a bit more time on your hands, why not try your hand at making your own, using fresh ingredients? It tastes amazing and is well worth the time.

Mango Salsa Photo

Whilst we love fresh salsa, you actually need to cook the salsa for this Mango Chicken recipe. You may even find that you prefer it!

The great thing is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it, meaning that you always have some on hand for recipes like this!. 

Homemade cooked mango salsa:

3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, diced 

4 mangoes, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1 cup water

1 can tomato paste, 156ml

1/2 cup fine brown sugar

1/2 red chilli or jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (or use a combination of both)

1 lime, squeezed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped

  1.  In a large saucepan, add all ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes-1 hour. The mangoes should be soft. (Check the salsa halfway through cooking and adjust seasoning as needed).
  2. Let cool for 15 minutes before putting into storage containers for freezing.
Mango Salsa Picture

For a spicier salsa, use the whole chilli or jalapeño. 

This Mango Chicken recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you’re not  watching your calories, you might want to try skin-on thighs instead! We find that they soak up the delicious juices of the salsa and taste amazing. The choice is yours!

Mango Salsa Image

If you are watching your calories or just trying to eat healthier, use the skinless thighs and swap the white rice for brown rice – (just note that you may need additional time for cooking). 

Mango Salsa Photo

Mango Chicken

Cyd Converse
The easiest Mango Chicken you will ever make! With just a few ingredients and just 15 minutes of prep time, this is a great family dinner for those busy weeknights.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 1 serving
Calories 296.5 kcal


  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 Mango Salsa (16 oz jar)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Olive Oil


  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides (if using skin-on thighs, prick the skins with a fork). 
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is rippling, sear the thighs on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the thighs to a separate plate.
  • Add the rice, 1 1/2 cups of water and one cup of mango salsa to the skillet and stir well, Bring to the boil; once boiling, add the chicken on top of the rice and reduce heat to a simmer. 
  • Cover the skillet and cook until the chicken and rice are cooked through, about 17-20 minutes. 
  • Plate up and garnish with extra mango salsa.


Calories: 296.5kcalCarbohydrates: 13.25gProtein: 32.75gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.5g
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Thighs, Easy Dinners, Family Meals and Snacks, Mangoes, Salsa
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