This apple mango chicken recipe was created for Cook for Your LIFE by Chef Dave Martin. The chicken breasts are marinated in an apple cider and mango marinade overnight, making for sweet-and-juicy results the next day. Top with the late summer plum and peach salsa for another punch of sweetness and a spicy kick. It’s a great, healthy dinner that’s super simple to make and very quick cooking. Why? Because the acids in the mango and cider start to cook the chicken while it’s marinating so they only need cooking a few minutes on each side. Serve with a simple leafy green salad and enjoy!
- Remove any fat and cartilage from the chicken breasts and cut each into small 3 inch strips. (see Ann's Tips)
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together apple cider, mango juice, half the salt, half the black pepper and the nut oil. Pour into a non-reactive Pyrex dish, container or large Ziploc bag, and lay the strips of chicken in the marinade. They should be well coated. Let the chicken marinate at least 3 hours, but for best results marinate overnight.
- If using, prepare the Peach & Plum Salsa. Set aside until ready to cook the chicken. You can do this up to 1 day ahead of time if you keep it in the fridge.
- When you are ready to cook, mix together the remaining kosher salt and black pepper. Remove the chicken strips from marinade and season both sides of each strip with a pinch of the salt and pepper blend. Discard any that’s left over or keep for another use.
- Heat outdoor or indoor grill to high and place strips on it, quickly grilling each side. Do not overcook the chicken. Because some of the acids from the juices have broken down the chicken already, the cooking time for these little strips is about 3-5 minutes total. Remove cooked chicken from the grill and place in a new clean container. Cover with saran wrap or foil and let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes (it will continue to cook, slightly). Serve warm or at room temperature with Peach & Plum Salsa
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup mango juice
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
- 2 tablespoons black pepper, divided
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil or walnut oil
- 2 cups peach salsa (or 1 recipe Peach Plum Salsa)
Ann's Tips and Tricks
It’s OK to use pre-cut chicken tenders if you are fatigued.
Nut oils can go rancid very quickly, so store them in a cool place or in the door of your fridge.