Spicy Mango Chicken Skillet

This mango chicken skillet with jalapeños is ready in less than 30 minutes for a spicy sweet dinner everyone will love. Serve it over rice for an easy meal.

*This post has been updated 1/11/2018 to include a video on how to make this easy Mango Chicken Skillet. Scroll down to watch! Text is original.

While almost everyone spent their weekend at a lake, pool, ocean or river (at least according to all social media outlets), I put a beach towel down in my pool-less yard in an attempt to get some color and even out sports bra tan lines while ants and every other bug creature that lives in the grass crawled all over me.

To say I was jealous of everyone else and their water filled 3 day weekend would be the understatement of the year.

*This post is sponsored by Nakano. All content and opinions are my own.
Jalapeno mango chicken skillet

It got so bad at one point I contemplated a run to the store for a one of those blow up kid pools, but when you don’t actually have kids to use it, that kind of purchase hovers on the line of white trash and I’m pretty sure my neighbors already think I’m weird enough.

To drown my water woes though, I’ve been eating all the summer fruit possible.

Currently on my counter there are 5 peaches, 1 watermelon, 2 pounds of cherries, 1 pound of strawberries, 3 figs (I’ve been housing those) and 2 pints of blueberries.

I ran into the store quickly on Friday to grab eggs and milk when a big sign of 2/$.99 mangoes basically attacked me.

Spicy mango chicken skillet

Obviously, I bought 6.

Best part?

They were perfectly ripe and ready to eat, none of that waiting a week to ripen bs necessary.

After standing over the counter eating one and sucking the pit as mango juice ran down my chin (hotness), the idea for this jalapeño mango chicken skillet came about.

Mango chicken skillet

It’s sweet, sticky and spicy, kind of like Thai and Chinese takeout meet (similar to this slow cooker honey garlic chicken and sweet & sour tofu) in an under 30 minute skillet dinner.

The jalapeño mango sauce is made entirely in the food processor and if you’re not big into heat, just lessen the jalapeño in the recipe.

More one skillet dinner recipes –> chicken and artichoke olive skillet, Thai basil cashew chicken skilletChinese chicken zoodles and creamy turmeric chicken.

The mango seasoned rice vinegar gives the perfect amount of tang to offset the sweetness of the mango.

There’s a generous amount of sauce so you can even throw a vegetable into the skillet for a heartier meal (broccoli or green beans would be good!) if you’d like.

25 minute jalapeno mango chicken skillet

Now, who has a pool that lives near me? I’ll gladly bring you food in exchange for a day on a lounge chair!

Check out this spicy cilantro mango wild rice salad also made with Nakano mango seasoned rice vinegar. 

Jalapeno Mango Chicken Skillet

Jalapeno Mango Chicken Skillet

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This jalapeno mango chicken skillet is ready in less than 30 minutes for a spicy sweet dinner everyone will love. Serve it over rice for an easy meal.


  • flesh of 2 mangoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Nakano mango seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • chopped green onions for garnish
  • sliced jalapenos for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Combine the mango, rice vinegar, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, ginger and soy sauce in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the sliced onions and cook for 2-3 minute until softened.
  4. Place the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour until coated then place in the skillet and cook until lightly browned on one side. Toss and cook for 1 minute on the other side.
  5. Add the jalapeno mango sauce and the chicken broth to the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low and stir to combine. Let cook another 3-5 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Garnish with green onions, jalapenos and sesame seeds. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 494Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 715mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 5gSugar: 33gProtein: 49g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.


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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    If it makes you feel better, I spent the weekend alone, in my pjs, baking muffins…and I went to bed at 8:30. So, your 4th was much more exciting than mine!
    And this chicken? I love the combo of spice and mango! Sounds DELISH. Pinned!

  2. Klaire

    This was fantastic! I used three jalapenos and added 1 tsp of cayenne pepper to the mango puree mixture because my husband and I like extra spicy, but the recipe as is is likely perfect for most people. I also used corn starch instead of flour. Such a fun yummy recipe!

  3. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Miss Gina, if I buy you a kiddie pool, you should totally feel justified in laying in it. If you were my neighbor, I’d totally expect it in the heat, and I might join you with ice-cold margaritas in hand. :-) And with this Jalapeno Skillet – we’d have a complete meal and be cool while we were eating it. Haha!

  4. Erika

    Would using regular rice vinegar (if you don’t have mango-flavored) be an equal substitution (1/4 cup for 1/4 cup). Any other recommendations if I were going to use regular rice vinegar?

  5. Katharine

    Going to have this for dinner tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

    About how much mango did you end up putting in the sauce? Ripe mangos are hit and miss over here so I was thinking of using frozen mango instead.

  6. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    Dear Gina, it’s especially humorous reading about your 3-day pool-less long weekend with mango juice running down your chin when it’s near sub-zero temps in NH right now. What I’d do to have just a little of that heat right now. (The real white trash thing would be to get the kiddie pool, then leave it out on your deck year round — a skating rink too.) Guess I’ll have to heat up my skillet and settle for some jalapeno heat. Jalapeno and mango is the best combo ever and you’ve got a real winner here. I definitely want to try this, have everything but the mangoes on hand and that is easily remedied. :)


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