Grilled Mango Chicken Recipe

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.

Who’s ready to do some summertime grilling? 

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

Side view of Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.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.
Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.

What to Eat with Mango Chicken:

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.
Erin in kitchen with mango chicken.

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Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.

Mango Chicken

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.
3.69 from 66 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

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

  • 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.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • 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 and its juices run clear.
  • Add the remaining marinade to a small saucepan and combine with 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil and allow to rapidly simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken finishes cooking, place lime halves on the grill, cut sides down, and allow to get a good sear on them.
  • Serve immediately, with cilantro, mango sauce and grilled lime on the side. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.1mg

36 thoughts on “Grilled Mango Chicken Recipe”

  1. 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!

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    • 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!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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?

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  4. This chicken looks awesome. After looking at that I am starving. Next time that I fire up the grill I am making this for sure. Good thing that I have a mango tree in my yard.

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  5. Just made it for dinner for the family and it was a hit. I made it with the Hawaiian slaw you suggested and some jasmine rice. Also I was out getting ingredients and came across some kimchi. It was a tasty addition. The only thing I would do differently is maybe cut up some mango and put on the chicken or substitute the pineapple with it in the slaw.

    I will for sure be making again. Great recipe.

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