I don’t know if you know this about me but I love mangos.
Like, a lot. And I ate them obsessively when we were in Mexico in 2008, then wept for days to discover they weren’t in season when we went last year. And all the mangos we got last year up here just plain sucked. I don’t know if it was just a bad year for mangos or not but they are back and back with a vengeance and fortunately for me, I’ve turned my father in to a mango-lover and he split a case with me last week.
I generally think of mangos in sweet dishes – like mango sorbet or fresh mango chunks on waffles with agave and shredded coconut (true story – I had that last Wednesday and it was amazeballs). And I’ve even seen them in a lot of Indian cuisine in the form of lassi or chutney. I occasionally think of mangoes paired with spicy foods such as mixed in a salsa.
But for some reason, none of that sounded particularly interesting to use up the mangos that were quickly ripening on my kitchen counter. So I went for something that sounded completely different.
Gingered Chicken with Mango over Rice
- 2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 mango, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup of flesh)
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté garlic briefly, until fragrant – about 1 minute. Stir in chicken breast, salt and pepper to taste. Cook through, about 10 minutes.
In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Once chicken is cooked through, stir mango mixture in with chicken and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-8 minutes.
Serve over 1 cup of white rice.
Serving Size: 2 cups
Number of Servings: 4
The cloves were actually the predominant flavor of this dish, not the ginger as the name implied but it was surprisingly welcomed. And while I would have liked to have a little bit of green in the dish, I was quite happy with the results. I think next time I would double the liquid ingredients just to get a bit of a saucier result.
I’m already looking forward to the next case of mangos! What’s your favorite mango recipe that I should give a try?