Chili Lime Chicken with Mango Rice

Tropical flavors right in your kitchen!

When I think of my ideal vacation, I envision ocean breezes, white sandy beaches, sunshine, and tropical beverages. All of these things come to mind when enjoying this bright fruity Chili Lime Chicken with Mango Rice. If I pair this dish with one of these Skinny Margarita recipes, I don’t even need to pack my bags!

The Secret to Juicy, Flavorful Chicken Breasts

Boneless, skinless chicken breast is by far one of the leaner, healthier protein choices. However, I do get frustrated (and sometimes rather bored) with dry, bland chicken. Fret no longer, my friends! There is hope, and an easy solution to this dilemma.

First, seasoning is key. This chicken recipe uses chili powder, cumin, and lime zest…simple spices that pack a punch. Adding fruity mango and zesty cilantro to the side dish in this recipe adds flavors that compliment and enhance the seasonings in the chicken.

You can change the flavor profile of this recipe by adding interesting twists to an otherwise simple chicken breast. Craving Asian? Change it up by using asian five spice powder, fresh ginger, lime zest, and soy sauce instead of the latin spices. Adding curry powder or garam masala, turmeric, and coconut milk gives the dish an entirely different flavor profile. Use your imagination, and don’t be afraid to play with your food!

Second, marinate the chicken before cooking to allow the flavors to absorb into the meat. Pat dry, taking care not to remove the spices entirely before browning in the skillet. Make sure the skillet and oil is very hot before adding the chicken to allow for a good sear on the meat, which will seal in the juices.

The final secret to juicy chicken on the stovetop is to reduce the heat and add a small amount of water or broth (chicken broth will add more flavor) and cover. The liquid absorbs into the chicken, preventing it from drying out, and will also keep it from burning on the outside. Make sure to check periodically for doneness.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Want more tropical recipes to complement this one?

Since you’re already on a tropical vacation, why not make it a multi-course feast? For starters, try the Mango Arugula Salad with Cilantro Crema. Round out your escape with a frozen treat without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle. This decadent 3-Ingredient Coconut Mango Ice Cream is the perfect ending to a perfect meal.

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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