Mango Chicken Tacos

Mango chicken tacos with corn salsa and guacamole

When I make tacos, I typically prefer beef or pork as my source of protein. I’m a huge fan of tacos like barbacoa, birria, ground beef, and carnitas. Sometimes we need to switch it up, which is why I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to make chicken tacos. The secret – a mango marinade that is loaded with flavor. Let’s discuss.

The marinade

You’ll need the following ingredients for the marinade:

  • Mango
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Just blend up all of the marinade ingredients and pour into a bowl. Add the chicken to the marinade – I like to use boneless chicken thighs for this recipe. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours (the longer, the better).

Cooking the chicken

There are a few ways to cook the chicken. You could grill it, sauté it, or cook it in the oven “al pastor” style. This is the route that I like to go.

Mango chicken cooking "al pastor" style with onions between it
Cooking the chicken “al pastor” style in the oven

You don’t need any special equipment to cook the chicken “al pastor” style. Using a skewer, put half an onion through the skewer to the bottom, layer the chicken on top of that, and then top with the second half of the onion. I recommend having an oven safe pan or dish under it to catch any drippings. Roast it in the oven at 400ºF degrees for 90 minutes to 2 hours, until an internal temperature of 175ºF degrees is reached. There will be some charring of the meat but it will only be on the outside and these pieces will have great flavor.

Slice it up and serve

Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces and serve in a taco with whatever toppings you would like. I prefer guacamole, corn salsa, and some of the onions that cooked with the chicken. This is a delicious way to eat chicken tacos. As mentioned, I typically prefer beef tacos, but these chicken ones had me going back for more and more. The entire family loved them too. Try this recipe out on your next taco Tuesday (or taco any day)!

Mango chicken tacos with corn salsa and guacamole

Mango Chicken Tacos

Your taco Tuesday's just got more exciting. These mango chicken tacos are going to be a major hit! Chicken thighs are marinated in a mango based marinade that is packed with flavor before being cooked to perfection "al pastor" style. The chicken is then sliced and served in a taco with whatever toppings that you prefer. Great for the whole family!
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs Chicken thighs
  • 2 cups Mango
  • 1 Large handful Cilantro
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Chipotle peppers in adobo use less if you prefer less spicy
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients except the chicken to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the chicken to a bowl and pour the marinade over it. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or a minimum for 4 hours (the longer, the better).
  • If cooking "al pastor" style (see notes for other cooking methods), preheat your oven to 400ºF degrees. Cut an onion in half and put the bottom half through a skewer, so that the skewer can stand up straight on the onion. Layer the chicken, piece by piece, over the onion, and then top with the second half of the onion.
  • Cook in the oven until an internal temperature on 175ºF degrees is reached, about 90 minutes to 2 hours. The outside of the chicken will char, but this is delicious flavor.
  • Once cooked, slice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Serve as a taco and top with whatever toppings you like. I prefer guacamole, corn salsa, and the cooked onions. Enjoy!

Notes

If grilling or sauteing the chicken, cook until an internal temperature of 175ºF degrees is reached.
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