There was a recipe in Oprah magazine this month for a mango chicken salad, that while intriguing, was definitely missing a thing or two. I ripped it out of the magazine and put it aside, figuring I’d get around to changing it or trying it, whenever I got around to it.
However… the universe had other ideas. My BFF Aretha went to visit her mother this weekend for the holiday in Miami where she procured ginormous, succulent, big as your head mangos from her mother’s yard. Believe me, they were un-freaking-believable and I would show you a picture, but they’re gone now, sorry.
Anyway. I took the basic idea of O’s mango chicken salad and made an outrageous dinner.
Two bags of arugula, washed and dried
One each red, yellow, orange bell peppers seeded and cut into 1 in. strips (next time I’ll julienne them)
One half of a large red onion sliced into thin rounds and then cut in half
Three large, beautiful, ripe mangos peeled and sliced into one inch strips
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Thin sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast
Preheat a Pam treated non-stick grill pan to high. Mix the honey and mustard in a bowl and dredge the chicken in it. Add to the pan and grill for 6-8 minutes on each side (or until cooked – this will vary depending on the heat and the thickness of the chicken). Meanwhile, make a vinaigrette with the oil, balsamic and salt. the 2 to 1 ratio seems to be everyone’s favorite, but I like a little more vinegar. Whisk until combined and set aside.
Toss the arugula, peppers, onion and mango in a large bowl.
When the chicken has been fully cooked (no pink inside and the juices run clear), set it aside for about 5-10 minutes. You don’t want it to be too hot or the veggies will wilt, but you don’t want it too cold either. Slice the chicken into one inch strips and add to salad, add the vinaigrette and toss right before serving.
This made four VERY healthy portions that fed my big-eating family enough for dinner.
There’s something about the combination of the savory, sweet, peppery, crunchy, salty, etc. that is just absolutely outstanding.
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