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Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa

A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot fresh & delicious: Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa is a lovely fresh weeknight recipe!

Sweet & slightly spicy, anyone? Today’s Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa does requires a bit of chopping, but it’s worth it to enjoy the delicious contrasts of cool salsa with hot chicken; sweet mango and tomato with spicy jalapeño and tangy lime. Once you’ve chopped, this summer-y recipe just requires a few minutes of stovetop cooking — making it perfect for a warm evening.

chicken topped with fresh chunky mango-tomato salsa

Enjoy your chicken as is, just topped with the chunky mango-tomato salsa! Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors of the salsa, while feasting on your vibrant dinner. Alternatively, you can cut the chicken into strips and wrap the chicken with its fresh salsa in warmed tortillas.

Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa

mango tomato salsa chicken ingredients

Ingredients

for the chicken

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed & halved lengthwise
1/2 of a medium jalapeño pepper, diced
juice of 1/2 of a small lime
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Sea salt, to taste

for the salsa

1 medium ripe mango, peeled and cubed
4 vine ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped small
1/2 of a medium jalapeño pepper, diced
1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
juice of 1/2 of a small lime
Sea salt, to taste

– to garnish

Chopped cilantro or parsley (OPTIONAL)

Directions

Marinate the chicken

marinate the chicken

Use sharp kitchen shears to trim and halve your chicken lengthwise, giving you 4-6 thinner pieces (depending on size). Place the chicken in a large bowl or a baking dish.

Dice up half of a jalapeño. Combine the diced jalapeño, lime juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, and spices in a small bowl.

Pour marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Let the chicken sit and marinate while you make the salsa.

Make the salsa

mango-tomato salsa

Cut up the mango, tomato, onion, and jalapeño, placing them all in a large bowl. Stir in the lime juice, then season with sea salt to taste.

Move the bowl of mango-tomato salsa to the refrigerator, allowing its flavors to meld while you cook up the chicken.

Cook the chicken

cook up the chicken in a skillet

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for one minute, or until shimmering. Cook the seasoned chicken over medium-high heat for about five minutes a side, or until cooked through.

Serve the chicken & salsa

chicken topped with fresh salsa

Remove the salsa from the fridge and stir. Top chicken with mango-tomato salsa, and enjoy! Optional: Serve garnished with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Note: The sweetness of the mango and tomato here cut the slight spiciness of the single jalapeño, but if you are very sensitive to spice you can use less pepper or de-seed it.

Fresh and Delicious

A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot fresh & delicious: Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa is a great summer weeknight recipe!

How’s that for a fresh & easy dinner idea? Fruity salsa makes for a nice change of pace, and pairs so well with the juicy, savory chicken here. (Quick cooking the chicken on the stovetop helps keep it from drying out.)

Just make sure that you’re using a ripe mango for optimal sweetness and texture. If they’re less ripe at your store, simply keep yours in a paper bag on the counter for a couple of days or until ripe. This chunky mango salsa chicken recipe is naturally gluten free.

If you’re fresh out of mango but looking for a similar idea for chicken topped with a freshly made chunky salsa, also try these skillet chicken tenders with artichoke avocado salsa.

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Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa

A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot fresh & delicious: Chicken with Chunky Mango-Tomato Salsa is a great summer weeknight recipe!
Course dinner
Cuisine Chicken
Keyword boneless skinless chicken breast, chicken, gluten free, mango-tomato salsa, mangoes, salsa, tomatoes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

for the chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast trimmed & halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 of a medium jalapeño pepper diced
  • juice of 1/2 of a small lime
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt to taste

for the salsa

  • 1 medium ripe mango peeled and cubed
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes cored and chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion chopped small
  • 1/2 of a medium jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic about 2 cloves
  • juice of 1/2 of a small lime
  • Sea salt to taste

to garnish

  • Chopped cilantro or parsley OPTIONAL

Instructions

Marinate the chicken

  • Use sharp kitchen shears to trim and halve your chicken lengthwise, giving you 4-6 thinner pieces (depending on size). Place the chicken in a large bowl or a baking dish.
  • Dice up half of a jalapeño. Combine the diced jalapeño, lime juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, and spices in a small bowl.
  • Pour marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Let the chicken sit and marinate while you make the salsa.

Make the salsa

  • Cut up the mango, tomato, onion, and jalapeño, placing them all in a large bowl. Stir in the lime juice, then season with sea salt to taste.
  • Move the bowl of mango-tomato salsa to the refrigerator, allowing its flavors to meld while you cook up the chicken.

Cook the chicken

  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for one minute, or until shimmering. Cook the seasoned chicken over medium-high heat for about five minutes a side, or until cooked through.

Serve the chicken & salsa

  • Remove the salsa from the fridge and stir. Top chicken with mango-tomato salsa, and enjoy! Optional: Serve garnished with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Notes

The sweetness of the mango and tomato here cut the slight spiciness of the single jalapeño, but if you are very sensitive to spice you can use less pepper or de-seed it.

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Recipe Rating




Erin

Friday 5th of November 2021

Very good! We love how light and refreshing the mango salsa is. This time we had it over a bed of cilantro lime and coconut rice and a little shredded cheese on top.

Hope

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

This was so good! I had leftover chicken that I cut into chunks. I mixed the spices and lime up and mixed with the chicken to refrigerate overnight. For dinner the next night, I sauteed the already spiced chicken in the olive oil until nice and hot. It came out great and was so easy since the chicken was already cooked. I also cooked rice to go with it. Gre at! Thank you.

Gretchen

Friday 28th of May 2021

This was seriously so good! The mango salsa was amazing. I want to eat the bowl of it with a spoon!

Elizabeth Walters

Monday 24th of May 2021

This was delicious. Fresh and light, easy to make.

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