Mango chile chicken bowls are healthy and delicious, with sweet and zesty flavor. Make this chicken recipe in an oven or on a grill – either way, it’s an easy, gluten free, dairy free meal, and we have a paleo option, too!
Hey y’all! Let’s do a Cotter cheer because barbecue season is here! I want to eat all the grilled fish, chicken, and burgers all summer long – who’s with me?
Yes corny cotter moment at it’s finest. OK, maybe it’ll be baked salmon or air fryer chicken tenders a couple of nights a week. After all, it’s likely to rain on our grilling parade now and then… haha.
But are you in search for the perfect marinated chicken recipe? One that you can make over and over again and never grow old of it?! If so, THIS chicken recipe is for you!
Mango Chile Chicken Bowls
This recipe is super easy to make and there are plenty of ways to customize it, too. Let me show you!
- Grilled or baked chicken – First of all, the chicken is delicious grilled but if you aren’t in the mood to barbecue, you can cook it in the oven. I have instructions below for you to make it either way.
- Bowls or plates – I like to serve the chicken in bowls over rice or cauliflower rice. This way, you can pop it into a meal prep container and you’ve got a meal ready for a lunch box. Plating the meal is perfectly acceptable though.
- Spice adjustable – Using the same spices I do gives the dish a sweet and spicy flavor. It’s not terribly spicy at all – I think zesty is a better word for it. If you want to add more heat to the dish, you can use hotter chile peppers or chile paste.
This delicious chicken dinner is SUPER healthy, too. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, lower carb, AND paleo friendly! INGREDIENTS + SUBSTITUTIONS
Aside from the chicken, all of the ingredients here are for the chicken marinade, and it couldn’t be any easier to make.
- boneless skinless chicken breasts – Boneless skinless chicken thighs are fine, too.
- diced mango – Be sure to save some additional mango to serve with the bowls. Oh, and if mango isn’t your favorite, pineapple is also delicious in this marinade!
Also, depending on the time of year that you make the recipe, fresh mango may be difficult to find. You can definitely use canned mango (in its natural juice) if needed.
- chili sauce – Use your favorite hot sauce; I like sriracha.
- orange juice and lime juice – Squeezing the juice fresh will give you more nutrients than using a juice concentrate.
- honey or agave nectar
- salt and black pepper
- minced garlic
- chopped red onion or shallot
- dry white wine – the alcohol in the wine will cook away, but if you want a family-friendly substitute, you can use 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- olive oil or any neutral flavor oil. Avocado oil is a great substitute.
- toppings for garnish – Cilantro, lime wedges, crushed black pepper and sea salt
How to make it
Grab a blender or a food processor, because a couple of minutes of blending the ingredients together and the marinade will be ready to use!
- Prep the ingredients. Don’t forget to peel the mango and remove the pit. Pat the chicken breasts dry and set them into a glass baking dish or an extra large Ziploc bag.
- Make the chicken marinade. Blend all of the ingredients on high, or pulse until you have a smooth marinade. It should be a nice tropical orange color. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade and pour the rest into the baking dish or bag with the chicken.
- Marinate the chicken in your refrigerator. Chicken really only needs an hour to marinate but if you want to do this step ahead, it can stay in the marinade for up to 24 hours.
- Grill or bake.
FOR THE GRILL
If grilling, set your grill to medium-high. Place the chicken on the grill and brush it with the reserved marinade.
Cook it for 20 minutes or so, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 163 F. or is no longer pink on the inside. Feel free to grill extra mango slices too!
FOR THE OVEN
Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the reserved mango chile chicken marinade over the top.
Bake at 425 F. for 25 to 30 minutes. Check for doneness at 25 minutes.
To caramelize the marinade, I like to broil the chicken for the final minute of cooking time.
Here’s a quick 1-MINUTE VIDEO to show you how to make this MANGO MARINATED CHICKEN!
Now, what to serve with this chicken? Oh the possibilities are endless!
Serve with cooked rice or cauliflower rice, slices of grilled or fresh mango, and some extra sauce and/or veggies!
If you like fried rice, my recipe for cauliflower pineapple fried rice is also a great option. Oh and save some mango for the bowls. It’s super delicious with the chicken and rice (or riced veggies if you are paleo).
Also, like I mentioned earlier it has a sweet and spicy (or zesty) kick you’ll love!
If you are looking for more of a savory marinated chicken, I highly recommend Healthy Seasonal’s Garlic Herb Marinated Chicken recipe!Print
Mango Chile Chicken Bowls
- Total Time: 46 minute
- Yield: 4-5 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
Mango chile chicken bowls are healthy and delicious, with sweet and zesty flavor. Make this chicken dinner in an oven or on a grill. Gluten free, dairy free, and a paleo option.
- 1 small mango (peeled) and extra for plating, if desired. (about ⅔ to 1 cup diced )
- 2 Tablespoons chili sauce (i.e sriracha)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ cup honey or agave nectar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup chopped red onion or shallot
- ¼ cup dry white wine (see notes for substitutes)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- 2 lbs skinless chicken breast
- Toppings to garnish – Cilantro, lime wedge, crushed black pepper/sea salt
- Serve with cooked rice or cauliflower rice, slices of grilled mango, and any extra sauce or veggies!
- Peel and dice your mango. Cut more or keep extra for your bowl if desired.
- Blend the first 11 ingredients (mango, chili sauce, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper garlic, onion, oil, orange juice, and wine) together in a blender or food processor. It should blend into a nice orange or tropical color. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade in small bowl.
- Wash your chicken and pat dry. Place in baking dish or ziplock bag. Pour remainder of marinade over chicken. Place chicken in fridge to marinate for as little as 1 hr or up to 24 hrs.
- Remove marinated chicken from fridge.
- Preheat oven to 425 F or grill at medium high.
- Place chicken in baking dish and add ¼ cup of the marinade on top of chicken.
- Bake for 25 -30 minutes. Check at 25 minutes for doneness. Broil the last minute to caramelize marinade.
- If grilling, place chicken breast in foil or directing on grill. Brush reserved marinade on top. Grill for about 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Feel free to grill extra mango slices too!
- Remove and serve into individual bowls with cooked rice and diced mango. Paleo option: substitute rice for cauliflower rice.
- Squeeze any extra lime juice on top and garnish chopped cilantro, lime, and pepper/sea salt if desired.
- To make paleo – Just substitute cauliflower rice for regular rice.
- White wine substitute – use 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in place of white wine, or check out these tips!
- No fresh mango available? You can use canned mango (packed in natural juice) or peaches.
- Prep Time: 3 hr
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Category: dinner
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: american
- Serving Size: 4 ounce
- Calories: 270
- Fat: 10 grams
- Saturated Fat: 3 grams
- Trans Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
- Protein: 27 grams
Keywords: mango chile chicken, marinated chicken, mango chicken, baked chicken, dairy free, gluten free, paleo
This is an updated post, originally published on April 24, 2016. The recipe was retested and the photos and video are new.
Okay friends, let me know if you give this a whirl! We’ve had several of our Pinterest followers make it on after we shared it on pinterest stories.
And I think you’ll want to follow along with the crowd, just sayin’…
While we do love the flavor of this chicken, I wouldn’t call this a this “bowl”. It has two – maybe three – ingredients I don’t consider that a bowl. I keep trying to find things to add to truly make it a bowl. It’s really just rice and. Hi ken.
You are so right robin! We’re actually working on updating the post for that reason as well. 🙂
Thank you very much for the details, but this recipe is recommended for athletes? even at night?
Excellent recipe. Easy to follow and easy to make. I look forward to trying more from your site.
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I love chicken! I will make it for my diner tomorrow!
My husband and I loved this recipe! It was so delicious and tasty! I love the flavor of the mango!
Yaayy! Glad to hear that! Thanks, Beth!
This is one of the most flavorful chicken recipes I have ever tried. My whole family loved it!
Thanks! It’s a favorite here! Glad you and your family enjoyed it!
This was a huge hit at my house! I will definitely make it again!
What a combination of chicken Lindsay… I love it and it looks soo yummy & more beautiful with full of flavor as well..Thanks for sharing……!
I love everything about these bowls! Especially the hint of sweetness!
Mango is my favorite fruit. i don;t know that mango will be used in making chili lime mango marinated chicken.
Let me know if you make this! We love it!
This was really delicious.
Glad you enjoyed it!
I LOVE this dish it is my MIL’s and I favorite dish. You gotta find things in common especially when she lives with you 🙂
I wanted to share a few changes I’ve made and few tips I’ve found useful.
I have turned this into a freezer meal. I make the marinade up and pour it over the chicken, I add a bag of cooked rice. When your ready to cook it I take out of the freezer and it marinates as its defrosting. Or you could make extra marinade up and freeze in recipe portions and you don’t have to do all the prep each time. I figure If I’m getting my blender out I might as well make a big batch.
The small changes I made are I like to use a yellow mango for the marinade they are a little less sweet but go perfect in this. Then I use a regular diced mango as the topping. I use chili garlic sauce found in the Asian aisle, then I use a tsp of green Sriracha. I omit the wine and use 1/4 cup mango nectar, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, a little zest from the Orange. After the chicken has marinaded I remove the chicken pour about 1/3 of the marinade over the chicken. The rest of the marinade I add to another baking dish and cook it covered with foil. I do this because I think chicken juices dilutes the mango flavor. If you prefer you can set aside some of the marinade before you put the chicken in and then cook it in the baking dish.
After the chicken is cooked I load up the bowls and add the cooked marinade over the chicken.
I can’t thank you enough for this recipe it is so loved in my family!
I LOVE those additions and tricks, they are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!! It makes me so happy to hear how much you and your mother in law love it. I appreciate the feedback:)
also, love the tip without the wine. Where do you find mango nectar? Did you just juice it?
I find the mango nectar at my local store it comes in a can like soda or in a container like regular juice.
Adding fruit to a chicken dish… Yes please!
Unfortunately I did NOT like this recipe. I was really looking forward to these summer flavors but it not only smelled funny but I couldn’t get past a few bites. I’m sorry but this one is not a winner 🙁
oh no!! really? We have this all the time. What wine did you use? Was the pineapple or mango unripe? So sorry!
This recipe is making me hungry, looks so delicious. Sharing this so I can make it later.
Thanks Anna! Let me know if you give it a whirl
Now this is a chicken dinner yummmm
This marinade is insane! The flavor is so amazing, it seems like a lot of ingredients and work but everything just goes right in the food processor. The aroma is wonderful! I pan saute my chicken and boil the marinade to serve over. Sometimes with cauliflower rice, sometimes with brown rice. This truly is an amazing dish!
Awesome! So glad you love it. We love that marinade too!
This looks amazing. Time to practice cooking with white wine!
Go for it Renee!! Keep me posted!
This was absolutely delicious!!!!! Recipe has been saved and will be made again!
I’m so glad! It’s one of my favorites too candice!
Hey. The Chili line mango chicken recipe here looks amazing! However the quick version on Pinterest doesn’t list mango as an ingredient. It’s a bit confusing!
It doesn’t?? Oh no! That’s strange. I’ll be sure to look into that. Thanks Carol!
Wow, this marinade was unbelievable! So much flavor, will definitely make again, thanks for the recipe!
wonderful! so glad you enjoyed!
I love a good wine with pinot grigio topping my list. It’s so light – perfect for cooking and especially drinking. Your chicken looks delicious. I’ve pinned the recipe for the weekend!
me too! and let me know when you try this Kristi!
How much garlic?It just 1/2 minced garlic…
tsp. Yes, i need to correct that thanks! 1/2 to 1 tsp. Depending on how much garlic you like! xxoo
Just found this recipe! Looks so good. I don’t have chili sauce on hand but do have chili paste. Any idea if I can substitute and what the ratio would be?
What kind of paste? Like a chili garlic? Is it Asian? I think if you like spicy then keep ratio the same. Ya know?
LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! Mango and wine in the marinade, sign me up!
you got it girlfriend!
Michelle @ Vitamin-Sunshine
Delicious 🙂 Mangoes make life better.
1. Pretty pictures! 2. looks amaze-balls!
Such a beautiful dish! We are having some friends over this weekend and I’ve been trying to find something new and creative…this will make everyone happy!
Oh fun!! Keep me posted and thank you friend
Have you ever tried marinating tofu in wine? I wonder if that is possible! I see so many chicken dishes I would love to try in a veggie capacity!
oh that would be great! i need to try that. I have marinated tofu before so i bet this would be a great marinade to try with it
SONALI- THE FOODIE PHYSICIAN
I love cooking with wine- and drinking the leftovers, of course! I love your combination of flavors- so refreshing. And gorgeous photo, as usual!
YUM! this looks soooo good! Fact: I rarely cook with wine because I don’t want to part with it – hahaha! is that talk of a true wino or what 😉 I must though, it really imparts such good flava!!!
Kristy @ Southern In Law
I am clueless when it comes to wine as I don’t drink it and I never cook with it so I need all the tips I can get ;P
This looks AMAZING!
Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
Thank goodness our 100 degree plus days are past us here in Perth now… That was some tough times! But thanks to a very mild winter here (similar temps to a scottish summer) I can grill at year long! And this looks delish!
Does that mean I can come visit? 😉
Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
Of course! Anytime! ?
Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
Oh my goodness, the flavors in this dish sound so wonderfully vibrant Lindsay! I hadn’t had any luck cooking with wine, and then I learned I was just using bad-tasting wine – oops! Will have to look for this one.
LOVE your new homepage, Lindsay!! And this chili lime mango combo is MUY BIEN! I could definitely enjoy a bowl with some wine 😉
come over! i save you some.<3
hehe my homepage was changed 3 months ago. But thank you. IT’ still feels new to me. I rarely click on homepages now with bloglovin. Whoops!
You’ve done it again Lindsay! This looks delicious! Pour the wine and let’s eat!
sure will! cheers!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
Yes to the wine and the chicken bowls! Both look and sound delicious. I love using mango as an ingredient in dishes like this but don’t do it nearly enough. Thanks for the inspiration friend!
anytime! keep me posted. Hope you guys like it!
Jody - Fit at 58
I am not a wine person but I doubt you taste it in the food. Man that looks good!
Amanda - RunToTheFinish
I don’t know why, but I never ever cook with mango. i think it’s because I hate cutting them up! This look amazing, as all your dishes do…come visit. You can stay for free and cook 🙂
okay sign me up for that. Especially when it’s 100F here!
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
This dish looks fantastic! I love cooking with wine. So cool to learn about this wine company – I had no idea Food network got into the wine biz!
I know, so cool, right? Love all the connections here. food —> and wine! hehe
Cassie Autumn Tran
Oyyyyyyy, yes April is almost gone! I’m terrified because I’m going to be graduating high school in less than a month! I hope everything goes well. Anyways, I love a delicious chili lime marinade with mangoes too! I don’t drink, so cooking with wine wouldn’t really apply to me. However, these look absolutely divine!
Grill season is the best season! Not just because it’s delicious but it means less pots/pans to clean. which is always the best. Looks delicious! Happy bday James!
Amelia @ Eating Made Easy
It’s hard for me to find meals my whole family will eat – but I could tell immediately that this would be a hit with all 4 of us! The kids love anything with mango and rice and the flavors here look and sound incredible!!
those kids are smart! it’s so tasty that combo!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
You know you don’t have to twist my arm to open a bottle of wine! We’ve been using out wine exam as an excuse to open even more. Mwhahaha!
Love the mango idea too. It’s so tasty in the spring… with wine… 😉
let’s do it! cheers!
Wow, looks amazing!!
drooling! These pictures are gorgeous
I’m definitely psyched about grilling season, and I say bring on the warm weather, although it definitely doesn’t get as hot here in Reno as it does in TX, ha! I’m LOVING these bowls with all my soul…they’re all I’ll be able to think about until I try them out, myself. That vino? Must try!
come over! i’ll pour you a glass!
This past weekend I couldn’t even look at food without wanting to gag. I am started to get my love for it back though. And this recipe is helping with that!
Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run
I could definitely see this being my new go-to chicken dish for the warmer temps! That mango in there makes it sound very refreshing! I can’t wait to try this!
I’m all about cooking with wine- this looks delish!!!
yes! cheers to that friend!
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
So, how about I bring the PINOT GRIGIO and meet you for a lunch that involves mango marinade in some form?
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Ohhh yeah that’s my kinda wine and this is also my kinda meal. I also can’t believe summer is basically here. like, how?!!
so crazy, summer will be here in like a second! and yes, so thought of you my food twin!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Load in the alcohol (for cooking!) The only way I can have it 😉
This is one fantastic dinner recipe! YUM!
haha yes! cheers my chicken loving friend
Pinot Grigio has always been one of my faves for drinking. I love this sweet-and-savory combo that also uses wine in the marinade! It sounds incredible!
rachel @ Athletic avocado
a mango marinade!? That’s the most genius idea ever! This is reminding me that summer is around the corner <3
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Chicken, mango and wine just sound so refreshing and lovely!
perfect for our hot weather, yes?
michele @ paleorunningmomma
Yum, now I want your chicken and wine for breakfast! Seriously though, I need cooking/wine tips so this was great and very helpful!
yea! let me know if you try it!
Hey! So can you substitute the wine with anything else? I don’t drink nor do i usually cook with it so i don’t really wanna have to buy it if i don’t have too! haha thanks!
You can leave it out, no problem.
or you can add a tad more orange juice/pineapple juice. Keep me posted!
Thank you! Going to try it this week!
Susie @ SuzLyfe
As Julia Childs once said: I love cooking with wine, sometimes I even use it in the recipes (or something like that, lol)
haha yes! i have that quote in my kitchen and on a kitchen towel. LOL!