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Chicken with Mango Salsa


If you ask my mother-in-law what I like to eat for dinner, she’ll tell you chicken is not always my favorite protein. I used to be a liiiiiitle picky and there were a few times I would (hopefully, subtly and politely) opt out of the chicken for a PB & J sandwich. She still makes fun of me till this day, and rightfully so.

This recipe is an easy way to add flavor to chicken [not that my my mother-in-law’s chicken wasn’t flavorful 😉 ] In this recipe you’ll find a sweet and spicy mango salsa paired with juicy chicken! Clean up your drool and start cooking!


Serve Size: 4

Prep/Marinading Time: 30+ minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups of water


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (2.5 lemons)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Mango Salsa

  • 2 ripe mangos, diced
  • 3 medium size tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced jalapeno (seeds are the hottest part, remove seeds if you just want a little kick)
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • Juice from one lime


Directions for Chicken

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. I took each chicken breasts and cut them into 4 somewhat equal pieces. This cuts down on cooking time but also allows folks to take as much chicken as they’d like.
  3. Add the chicken to the marinade bowl, or add chicken and marinade to a 13X9 pan or a plastic bag and marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  5. Place the chicken into a 13X9 glass pan and cook for 40 minutes
  6. OR if you have a grill and you can find a NON-rainy day, you could grill the chicken instead.


Directions for Mango Salsa

  1. While the chicken is marinading, let’s make the Mango Salsa!
  2. To prep the mango, watch this video. It’s much easier than reading my directions 😉
    1. Mango Picking Tip: I typically have to buy my mangos 3-5 days before I actually want to use them. They are kind of like pears in that they are typically stiff when bought but turn ripe and squishy after a few days. It should be like cutting through butter once they are ripe.
  3. Add the diced mango, diced tomato, chopped cilantro, minced jalapeno, chopped white onion, and lime juice to a medium sized bowl.





You can leave the seeds or remove them; before I minced mine I cut the white part and seeds out of the jalapeno.DSC01135

Directions for Quinoa

  1. Cook quinoa according to the directions. You’ll add the water and quinoa to a medium sized pot and bring it to boiling temperatures. Then lower the heat to a 2 or 3 and cover for 10-12 minutes.
  2. You’ll know the quinoa is done once little spirals come out of the quinoa.

Place the quinoa  and chicken on a plate, gently top it off with the mango salsa! 




Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

2 thoughts on “Chicken with Mango Salsa

  1. Nice article – as always. And great pictures!

    Mark Henson chief imagination officer sparkspace

    phone: 614-224-7727 email: mark@sparkspace.com


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