Spicy Chicken Mango Salad

Hey, more mangoes are never a bad thing. Our Thai Chili Mango Chopped Kit has plenty of them—in the form of cute little dried chunks—along with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, radicchio, green cabbage, kale, sunflower seeds, crispy toasted quinoa, and our exquisite Zesty Thai Sweet Chili Vinaigrette. And while this chopped salad kit is satiating in its own right, it can be a one-dish wonder by adding some perfectly-seasoned chicken breast, and — wait for it — more mango! Slices of fresh mango add an even bigger dose of tropical flavor, turning this salad into a stunning side dish or main course.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pat dry the chicken breast, drizzle with olive oil, and season with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bake at 450°F and cook for 15-18 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  2. Peel and slice the mango. Slice the chicken breast.
  3. Assemble the chopped salad kit in a large bowl. Add the sliced mango and chicken breast on top. Finish with some fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!

What do I do with all these mangoes?

As you may already know, we love giving out bonus suggestions for ingredients that make life happier. We have tasty culinary uses for those extra mangoes you likely have sitting around after making this salad. 

Here are just a few for your consideration:

  • Mango Salsa: A basic mango salsa combines diced mangoes, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. It can be a refreshing addition to grilled chicken or fish or as a dip with tortilla chips. We also think it goes quite well with pork tacos
  • Mango Gazpacho: Here’s an easy one. You can add a sweet twist to a classic summertime gazpacho by using mangoes! The sweet and tangy nature of mangoes pairs well with the acidity of the tomatoes in the soup.
  • Mango BBQ Sauce: Mango BBQ? You better believe it. Create a homemade barbecue sauce using pureed mangoes along with traditional ingredients. The natural sweetness of the mango can offset some of the tangy and smoky elements in a basic BBQ sauce.
  • Mango Chutney: This sweet and spicy condiment goes great with grilled meats, curry dishes, or simply as a spread on sandwiches.

Have some frozen mangoes sitting around in your freezer? You’re already halfway to making these sweet dishes:

  • Mango Ice Cream or Sorbet: Frozen mangoes can be a great base for homemade ice cream or sorbet. 
  • Mango Smoothie Bowls: Here’s a fantastic breakfast idea: Blend frozen mangoes with a banana and a splash of coconut milk to create a creamy base for a smoothie bowl. Top with granola, sliced almonds, coconut flakes, and even more fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast or snack.
  • Mango Lassi Popsicles: Blend frozen mangoes with Greek yogurt, a bit of sugar, and cardamom to make Mango Lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink. Pour the blend into popsicle molds and re-freeze to create a delicious, dare-we-say-healthy treat.

One quick thing before you go: Remember that while mangoes can add a great flavor to many dishes, they also contain an enzyme that can break down proteins, similar to papayas. So, if you’re using mango in a marinade for meat, don’t let it sit too long, or the meat can become mushy.

 

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