Grilled Mango Chicken Recipe

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

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.

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

Who’s ready to dust off their grill for the summer and do some grilling? May seems to be the official BBQ kickoff month – The April showers have passed us by, the days are getting longer, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Everyone grills on Memorial Day, right?

Why not try something different this year instead of your typical grilled hotdogs and hamburgers? How about something with a tropical twist? This 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).

Then, 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.

What to Eat with Mango Chicken:

This Hawaiian Slaw would make a great accompaniment to the Mango Chicken. Or, try serving up the chicken on a bed of rice with a salad tossed in a ginger vinaigrette. Regardless, I think that you’re going to become a huge fan of the sweet, spicy, tangy, caramelized mango sauce. It’ll definitely help shake up your next BBQ.

Grilling Recipes:

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

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

Mango Chicken

Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 381 kcal
Author: Inspired by Ellie Krieger

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.

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Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs boneless & skinless
  • 1 cup cubed mango (defrosted if frozen)
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 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

  1. 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.

  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  3. 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 F and is firm and opaque. Discard any remaining marinade. While the chicken finishes cooking, place your limes on the grill, cut sides down, and let them get a good singe on them. 

  4. Serve immediately, with cilantro and grilled lime on the side. 

Nutrition Facts
Mango Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 214mg71%
Sodium 1286mg56%
Potassium 688mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 26.4mg32%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published in May 2017. It was updated in September 2019 to add new content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

 

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.

 

22 comments

  1. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I don’t eat meat but do all the meal planning at my house. And I have found my husband is much more likely to eat the vegetables I prefer if there’s chicken on the side. I’m going to mix up our usual plain BBQ chicken with this recipe—I have a feeling it’ll blow his mind! 🙂 Pinned for later!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope he love it Catherine!

      Reply

  2. Karly

    Holy. Delicious. This looks SO amazing– perfect on its own, on a salad, in tacos, however! Totally need to try!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Karly – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  3. Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious

    5 stars
    THOSE GRILL MARKS! And that COLOR! I love using mango in savory ways- I can’t wait to try this 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Elizabeth – I hope you enjoy. Cheers!

      Reply

  4. arjun sharma

    HELLO ERIN MAY I JUST ASK YOU WHAT KIND OF MANGO
    YOU HAVE USED,RAW OR RIPE

    Reply

  5. Tiffany M.

    Would this recipe work for a crock pot? I’m thinking of bringing this to the staff lunch!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Tiffany – I don’t think it will be quite the same since the marinade won’t caramelize on the grill. You could definitely try it though. It may be a good idea to remove the chicken when it’s done cooking and then simmer down the sauce a bit to thicken it and concentrate the flavor. Hope that helps!

      Reply

      1. Tiffany

        Thanks! I just saw this, and have it in the crock pot now.
        I’ll let you know how it goes!

        Reply

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  7. Munwara

    5 stars
    This recipe was easy to follow and super yummy. I added a lot more garlic and a whole scotch bonnet for spice and it grilled so beautifully with the charging. Definately added to the book of meals especially with the sun out and enjoying this lovely homemade chargrilled chicken.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I love your addition of scotch bonnet!

      Reply

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  11. Rae

    Looks so yummy, but I live in an apartment without access to a grill…could this be done in the oven? Maybe you’d recommend using thighs or legs and then broiling at the end of cooking so the skin gets crispy?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Rae – I would bake in a 400-degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked to 165. Hope that helps!

      Reply

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