Are you looking outside your window at the dismal weather? Are you still stuck in the snow, sleet and rain working while all of your family and friends have sped away on a tropical romantic holiday near the ocean?
I have the perfect remedy for the winter blues…Just one sight and bite of this gorgeous tropical spa mango chicken and you will be teleported off to a very happy place. Tender succulent chicken that has been marinated with citrus juices, mango, herbs and spices and is grilled to perfection. Then is glazed with a delightful mango, rum, lime and herb glaze and then topped with a sunny and bright mango salsa. You can have this full and complete healthy and delicious spa experience in less than 40 minutes from start to finish.
Now see, don’t you feel better already? Now all of your friends had to travel many miles in cramped economy class on an overcrowded delayed flight sitting next to a mom with a screaming baby, spend thousands of dollars on over priced flights, lodging and girly drinks only to eat room service food as the entire family ends up with a severe case of food poisoning… Not that this have ever happened to me…wink wink…
I know that many of your friends are going to be posting to (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc) all of their pictures enjoying themselves basking in the sun on the beach, wearing their bikinis/swim trunks, and drinking lots of cocktails with fruits and umbrellas hanging off it while your stuck at home.
Well, I have just the fix for that issue as well. I want you to go ahead and make this little Tropical Spa Mango Chicken dish, take a picture of it and then post it on facebook, twitter, etc.
When you write your social media post, I want you to brag on how you went on a deluxe spa holiday and had this gorgeous meal in under 40 minutes for less than 10 USD and there were no screaming kids in the seats next to you. ( While you’re at it, send me a photo as well. I always love seeing your final Bam’s Kitchens creations)
All of your well-traveled friends will be green with envy as this little dish is going to be way better than any of those meals they have in the resort restaurants. This dish is super easy to make, very healthy and looks very glamorous on a plate. You can have the full spa experience without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
Did you know that it is now peak Mango season in the Philippines and many other Asian countries? I love to eat seasonally as that is when items taste their finest. When I looked at the mango, its skin was yellow and when I held it gave slightly to pressure. I cut into the juicy mango and it was brilliant orange. The taste was so sweet and delightful.
So please go ahead and treat your self to the full and complete experience with Tropical Spa Mango Chicken. The easy 3 part process includes a quick marinade, glazing your chicken with the rum mango glaze, and then topping your dish with a fresh mango salsa. I am certain this is a spa experience one that you will keep coming back for.
Tender succulent chicken that has been marinated with citrus juices, mango, herbs and spices and is grilled to perfection. Then is glazed with a delightful mango, rum, lime and herb glaze and then topped with a sunny and bright mango salsa.
- chicken breasts - 4 boneless and skinless or can use tenderloins and increase to 8
- mangoes - 2 whole (diced)- keep the pits for the rum mango glaze
- oranges - juice of 2 oranges
- garlic - 2 cloves minced
- ginger - 2 teaspoons grated finely
- parsley - handful ( cilantro is very nice too)
- red onion - 1/2 cup
- key limes - 4 (zest from one and juice from all)
- red bell pepper - 1/4 cup chopped
- salt - to taste
- coconut oil - 2 tablespoon (can substitute with canola or other light flavored oil)
- jalapeno - 2 teaspoons minced finely
- agave syrup - 1 tablespoon (or other low glycemic sugar alternatives of choice)
- cumin - 1 teaspoon
- rum - 1-2 shot glasses light rum (can use dark rum as well but I wanted my glaze to be a light color)- optional
- water - 1/4 cup
- dried red pepper flakes - 1/2 teaspoon- optional
- lime zest - 1/2 teaspoon
- cornstarch - 1 tablespoon
Step 1: Wash, pat dry and if using thick chicken breasts, I like to cut them in half lengthwise. It makes the chicken more tender, helps it cook more evenly and it looks like there is more food on the table as my boys eat me out of house and home.
Step 2: Marinate the chicken: Place your chicken in a ziploc bag or sealable tupperware container. Add juice of 2 oranges, 1/2 of a mango chopped, 1 minced garlic, 1 teaspoon on minced ginger, half of chopped fresh parley, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, juice of one lime and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub the chicken in the mixture. Place in the refrigerator for at least one half our or up to overnight.
Step 3: Make the mango salsa: In a small bowl, combine 1 chopped mango, 1/4 cup red onion, 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, juice of one lime, salt to taste and the remainder of the parley (cilantro would have be preferred but parsley is what I had at home). Mix together and set aside.
Step 4: Get your grill ready if planning to cook this outdoors. I cooked mine on a gas grill but a charcoal grill or even cooking it inside on a grill pan would be lovely.
Step 5: Make the rum mango grilling glaze: In a small sauce pan place your coconut oil, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, jalapeno, cumin, and the pit of mango that still has all of those lovely juices in it and fry until aromatic and the juices release from the mango. Take saucepan off the burner and add your rum (careful as I am sure you want to keep all of your eyebrows during your spa experience) and then place the sauce pan back on the burner and add the agave syrup, Remove the mango pit. In a small cup mix together the water and cornstarch and slowly add while the mixture until it thickens. Add in the lime zest and juice from one key lime and dried chili flakes and salt to taste. Let the flavors mingle and set aside.
Step 6: Place the marinated chicken on the grill. Grill, depending on the size of your whole chicken breasts about 6-8 minutes a side or until the juices no longer run pink. My little chicken tenderloins were cooked in about 6 minutes in total so it depends if you cut them thin or leave them thick. Brush the rum mango grilling glaze on the chicken during the last couple of minutes of the grilling process. Make sure you slather the glaze on both sides well.
Step 7: Place the rum mango glazed chicken breasts on a serving platter and garnish on top with the mango salsa. I also served mine with a side of rice, grilled red bell peppers and fresh cucumber pickles for a delightful and healthy Tropical Spa Mango Chicken entree. Enjoy!