When I think of my favorite summer foods, one of my go-to dinner option is this mouth-watering grilled chicken with mango salsa. I make it every summer. It's versatile. It's simple to prepare. The mango is a light option with that punch of sweetness to complement the char from the grill.
The mango salsa that keeps on giving
This dish doesn't need a side dish, though you can prepare one if you like. I reserve this recipe for those hot summer nights when I don't feel like turning on my oven. I also make it in the winter when I want it to feel like summer!
I used to live near several local fish markets and for a very brief time in the year, striped bass was available. Originally, I grilled the striped bass and served it with mango salsa. This was a true summer delight. Locally caught striped bass with homemade mango salsa. Yum. Striped bass is a thicker meatier fish and if you have access to it - please grill it and serve with this mango salsa. You'll thank me later.
Mangoes and avocados have a lot in common
Now that I don't live near fresh fish markets, I shifted to making grilled chicken and it is fantastic. However, there is a very delicate timing to preparing this dish. And it's because of the mangoes. Much like avocados, they are a pain in the butt when it comes to finding suitable ones for your cooking needs. If they're too soft, it will be a mess when you're cutting and the presentation will suffer. If they're too hard, they are not ripe enough and your salsa will be sour. Also, why are mangoes and tomatoes spelled with an "oes," but not avocados?? I did try to figure this out while writing this, but as usual, the internet is very opinionated about it and I decided to un-dip my toe from that pool of drama.
Nevertheless, I tend to only make this salsa if the mangoes are just right. It may take a couple of weeks of stopping by the mango display to find perfectly ripe mangoes, but it is worth it! Of course, you could just buy the unripe mangoes and keep them out on your counter a few days and wait for them to ripen. However, I seem to like the suspense of checking the mango display a couple of times a week. To each his or her own I suppose!
But seriously, this is a weeknight delight or weekend barbecue must-have! There's only a few ingredients and you can even make the mango salsa a day ahead. So get to that kitchen to prep and fire up the grill!
If you're looking for more chicken recipes, you could try another lighter option with my Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs. Or more decadent? Try my Chicken Piccata or Chicken Marsala for an easy stove-top, one-pan dinner!Print