Mango Cilantro Coconut Grilled Chicken

Chicken breasts are marinated in a tropical mixture of mango, cilantro, coconut, and ginger, then thrown on the grill. The chicken breasts turn out so juicy and flavorful!

Marinated Grilled Chicken with Mango, Coconut, and Cilantro

Making this recipe reminded me of the power of marinating.

It’s something I don’t do often, since marinating requires some foresight to actually allow time for the marination process to happen, and my cooking lately has been more “fly by the seat of my pants” than “plan-ahead.”

But OH MAN I forgot how juicy it makes the meat, in addition to adding lots of flavor, of course.

This is definitely the juiciest chicken breast I’ve had in a long time.

Chicken marinated in mango, cilantro, and coconut, then grilled and sliced

This recipe is a slight adaptation of a Truvia recipe I made many years ago.

The marinade has three main ingredients that flavor the chicken: mango, cilantro, and coconut.

It’s very fresh, vibrant, and tropical! Let’s make it.

For the mango, I use frozen mango chunks and then thaw, in order to make it really easy. You can cut up fresh mango if you prefer.

You’ll need 4 cups of mango, and I find it easiest to measure the mango chunks in a big measuring cup:

In a food processor, combine coconut milk, lime juice, red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, sriracha, mango, cilantro, scallions, ginger, garlic, lime zest, and salt:

Frozen mango chunks, cilantro, scallions, garlic, ginger, sriracha, and other marinade ingredients in food processor

I know, a long ingredient list! But it’s good stuff.

Blend until everything is smooth:

Freshly pureed mango, cilantro, coconut, and other marinade ingredients in a measuring cup

You will have about 4 cups of liquid, and we’ll be using half for the marinade and half for the sauce:

4 cups of mango cilantro coconut marinade for chicken in a measuring cup

Pour 2 cups of the marinade in a bowl with the chicken breasts:

Pouring mango cilantro coconut marinade over raw chicken breasts

It should be enough to really coat the chicken breasts well. Marinade for at least 6 hours, and for 2 days at the most.

….and no, you don’t *need* to do 2 days…but someone, not to be named (it’s me), accidentally forgot about the chicken the first day. Fortunately it still tasted amazing, and the texture of the meat was still juicy and firm.

Simmer the remaining 2 cups of marinade in a saucepan for 20 minutes to thicken it slightly, and store that in the fridge until the chicken is ready.

When the chicken is done marinating, it’s time to cook!

This is a recipe where the chicken really needs to be grilled.

The caramelization on both sides is a big part of the experience, and when I tried solely baking these, the chicken didn’t look or taste as great.

Grilled Mango Cilantro Coconut Chicken on top of foil

If you have a grill, cook for 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is cooked.

What about making grilled chicken without a grill? You can still use a grill pan to get the caramelization and grill marks on both sides, but it will likely not completely cook the chicken through. So place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan after searing in the grill pan, and finish baking in a 400F oven, for maybe 5-10 minutes more, until the internal temperature reads at 165F.

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then slice. Serve with the extra sauce, and enjoy!

Slices of grilled chicken marinated in mango, cilantro, and coconut

I realize that I forgot to take a photo of the simmered marinade, but you can see in the upper right corner of the photo above that it will look similar to the marinade, but with a thicker texture and a more muted green color because the cilantro is cooked.

Enjoy!

Mango Cilantro Coconut Grilled Chicken

Chicken breasts are marinated in a tropical mixture of mango, cilantro, coconut, and ginger, then thrown on the grill. The chicken breasts turn out so juicy and flavorful!

Chicken marinated in mango, cilantro, and coconut, then grilled and sliced
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups mango chunks (I thawed frozen mango)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems and leaves
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (or other hot sauce)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 13.5 fl oz can coconut milk
  • 2 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I had 8)

Instructions

  1. Put the mango chunks, cilantro, sriracha, vinegar, coconut milk, scallions, ginger, garlic, lime juice and zest, grapeseed oil, and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth. You should have 4 cups of marinade.

  2. Remove 2 cups of marinade to a small saucepan, then place the remaining 2 cups in a large bowl with all of the chicken. Toss well to coat, then cover and refrigerate overnight. The minimum marinade time should be 6 hours, and the maximum is 2 days.

  3. Simmer the saucepan marinade for 20 minutes over low heat, stirring often, until slightly thickened. Let cool, then refrigerate.

  4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Season chicken on both sides with a small pinch of salt, then grill for about 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

  5. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with the sauce. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Unless you're using every bit of the sauce and marinade, the calories are less than listed below.

Adapted from Mango Cilantro Chicken.

Nutrition Information Serves 8     adjust servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/8th of total
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 438kcal Calories from fat 164
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 595mg25%
Carbohydrate 16g5%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 53g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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