End of May is usually both hectic & exciting in our house. School is about to end, summer is so close by but there are still so many activities to attend, graduation ceremonies, BBQs, end of year exams etc etc. As a mom, I just want to put a healthy, flavorful dinner on the table that doesn’t take hours to make. This skillet Chicken in Mango Salsa is a family friendly dish that is our favorite this time of year where we can use fresh mangoes from our backyard.
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This mango salsa is kid friendly. I make it with lemon instead of lime. Also, instead of jalapenos I add green bell pepper. It’s still delicious, but the flavor is not too strong. It’s the perfect salsa for picky kids:).
I usually prepare the mango salsa about 1 hr or so before dinner time and then put it in the refrigerator to chill. On days we are in kids activities, I don’t have the time to prepare it 1 hr before dinner.
So I either put all ingredients in the refrigerator so they can be chilled and then prepare the salsa as I’m cooking the chicken. Or I prepare the salsa way ahead of time and just let it chill longer.
You can season the chicken any way you like. I usually go back to basics on dinners like this. Just simple seasoning with oregano, paprika & salt. If your family likes spicy you can add your favorite spicy seasoning to the mix. My kids don’t like spicy so usually I keep this dinner just flavorful but not spicy.
Mix up the seasonings. Then coat chicken breast on it on both sides. Just a side note here: chicken breasts vary so much in size. The ones I bought were huge, so I had to slice them through the thicker side to create smaller pieces. It’s hard to cook them in a skillet when they’re so big.
Add 2-3 tbsps of olive oil in a skillet, keep the heat medium high. Add chicken in when oil is hot. Cook thoroughly on both sides for 4-5 minutes until chicken is well cooked. Since chicken is well seasoned, while cooking it will smoke up a lot.
If you don’t mind firing up the grill, this chicken with mango salsa tastes great grilled too.
How To Serve This Chicken in Mango Salsa?
I usually serve this chicken in mango salsa with a side of jasmin rice. If we are eating outdoors in our deck, I like to add a side of fresh salad with lettuce and tomatoes.
You can serve everything separate family style and prepare each plate separately. Or you can top all chicken with mango salsa before you place it on the table. It’s really an individual choice.
Skillet Chicken Topped with Mango Salsa
- 1 Mango (large)
- 1 lemon
- 0.5 green bell pepper
- 0.5 red bell pepper
- 3 tbsps cilantro, fresh and chopped
- 1 tsp salt add more to taste if needed
- 0.25 red onion
- 3 large chicken breast (or 4 small size ones)
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsps dry oregano
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2-3 tbsps olive oil
- Wash mango, bell peppers and lemon. Dry them. Cut a quarter onion and leave it in a bowl of water.
- Chop the mango and dice the peppers. Dice the onion too. And finally roughly chop the cilantro.
- Squeeze the lemon.
- Add chopped mango, diced peppers, onion and cilantro in a bowl. Add lemon juice and salt. Mix it all up. Check for taste and adjust salt if needed.
- Chill for an hour before serving.
- Mix oregano, paprika and salt.
- Cut the chicken breast in smaller pieces if needed, especially if they're too thick.
- Squeeze lemon over chicken breast, then slowly coat each piece in the seasoning mix. Dust it off if you added too much on a certain area just to make it more or less even.
- Heat up the skillet and oil, lower heat to medium high. Add chicken in.
- Cook chicken thoroughly on each side for about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve separately and top with salsa as needed on each individual plate or top all pieces with mango salsa and put on the table family style.
- Calories are estimated using a standard size chicken breast and about 2 tbsps of mango salsa per serving.
- Feel free to replace lemon with lime and add jalapeno or any other spice to the mango salsa. As is the recipe is kid friendly because I have 2 young children but I definitely love the salsa with some more kick to it too.
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Additional Chicken Recipes
- Baked Chicken Rice
- Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms & Spinach
- Tarragon Chicken
- Rosemary Chicken
- Baked Chicken Orzo
- Spicy Chicken (Picante de Pollo)