Thai Mango Chicken

Thai Mango Chicken Recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
529 Calories
19g Fat
78g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 529
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 1336mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 187mg 935%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 909mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Thai mango chicken tastes like a deep-fried dish but is much easier to make, plus lower in calories and fat. Slices of flour-dusted chicken are pan-fried then simmered in a tangy mango sauce. Fresh, ripe mango works best in this recipe since it adds the best flavor and color. The taste is well worth the effort.

This dish works equally well for a family meal or when entertaining. Serve with freshly cooked Thai jasmine rice and a simple vegetable side dish, like Thai cucumber salad or stir-fried bok choy.

Ingredients

For the Mango Sauce:

  • 2 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 2 makrut lime leaves, cut into slivers with scissors, stem and central vein discarded

  • 1 red chile, seeded and diced

  • 1 thumb-sized piece galangal or ginger, sliced

  • 1/2 lime, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

For the Chicken:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup peanut oil or coconut oil

  • 2 to 3 chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch-long pieces

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1/2 to 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons coconut milk or water

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this mango chicken dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Mango Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Thai mango chicken sauce ingredients
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  2. Place the mangoes, garlic, makrut lime leaves, chile, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and turmeric in a food processor or blender. Process well until smooth.

    Thai mango chicken sauce ingredients in a food processor
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  3. Taste the sauce. The goal is to reach a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chile. If not salty/flavorful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Set aside.

    Pureed Thai mango chicken sauce
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Make the Chicken and Assemble

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Thai Mango Chicken ingredients
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  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the chicken pieces and turn or gently stir them to coat.

    Chicken tossed with flour and salt in a bowl
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  3. Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then begin frying the chicken pieces, 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown and cooked through.

    Chicken cooked in a wok
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  4. Remove chicken from the pan and set on a paper towel.

    Cooked chicken draining on paper towels
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  5. Clean out the wok/frying pan. Set over medium-high heat and add the mango sauce plus the red bell pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer (medium to low heat).

    Thai mango chicken sauce simmering
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  6. If sauce becomes too thick, add 3 to 4 tablespoons coconut milk or water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, or until the pepper has softened slightly but still retains some crispness.

    Thai Mango chicken sauce in a wok
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  7. Add the fried chicken pieces, gently stirring them into the sauce. If desired, add chunks of mango. Simmer briefly, just until everything is hot.

    Fried chicken and mango added to the wok
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  8. Do a final taste test for salt, tasting the sauce together with the chicken. Add a little more fish sauce or chile if desired.

    Thai mango chicken in a wok ready to taste test
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  9. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot topped with cilantro.

    Thai mango chicken topped with cilantro
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Recipe Variations

  • Fresh mango works best, but you can substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango.
  • 1 teaspoon chile sauce or 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chile can be substituted for the fresh chile.
  • If you don't have rice vinegar, use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • If you don't have makrut lime leaves, use the finely grated zest of one lime.
  • Use rice flour in place of the all-purpose flour to make the recipe gluten free.

Do You Need to Peel a Mango Before Eating It?

Mangoes are peeled before eating because the peel has a bitter, unpleasant taste. They may also cause an allergic reaction in some people because of the chemical urushiol, the same chemical in poison ivy.