Mango Chicken

The Editors at Food Fanatic | Food Fanatic Updated

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.

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 Chicken

    4 Servings


  • 6 servings Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 serving Mango Salsa, (16 oz jar)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oils


  1. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides (if using skin-on thighs, prick the skins with a fork). 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Cover the skillet and cook until the chicken and rice are cooked through, about 17-20 minutes. 
  5. Plate up and garnish with extra mango salsa.
Source: Food Network
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: Food Network
Recipe Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 96
Calories 297

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 115mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.