Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken

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Hey, it’s summer!  Well, not really… but close enough, right?  The berries are starting to show up in the market, fresh tomatoes are a little sweeter, the sun is shining brighter and longer, everyone is breaking out their flip flops, school is nearly out, and we’re beginning to note that familiar scent of things grilling around the neighborhood!  Yes, it’s time for grilling folks.  Break out those grills, scrub them clean and get ready for some grilling action!  Here’s my first grilling recipe of the summer:  Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken

This recipe uses a marinade that can be whipped up in 10 minutes.  One of the key ingredients is Mango Nectar (totally easy to find in your market’s juice aisle- it comes in a can, and it’s made by Kern’s).  The nectar allows the chicken to hold on to its tenderness while grilling, resulting in a chicken that is juicy and not dry.

Top it all off with some chopped fresh mango, and then you can call it dinner.  I have a great side dish to share with you on Friday that is perfect for serving with this chicken (and it’s also perfect for using up the rest of the mango nectar!)

Happy Grilling!

*Note:  this recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free.  I didn’t include nutritional information since it’s tough to figure out calories, etc. for things that are marinated. It’s gotta be pretty low in calories and fat though.

Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 grilled chicken breasts

Prep Time: 10 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 8 min


4 boneless chicken breasts (pounded lightly to thin out if they are too thick) 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
1 cup mango nectar (see *Tips)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large RIPE mango, peeled and chopped
additional thyme sprigs for garnish, if desired


1. Combine chicken in a large zip bag with mango nectar, vinegar, olive oil and thyme- along with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Zip the bag closed and move the chicken around in the bag to coat with the marinade. Lie the bag flat in the refrigerator for at least one hour and up to 2 hours, turning the bag every so often to redistribute the marinade.

2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Spray the grill with grilling spray (or rub the grates with oil). Drain the marinade from the chicken and grill about 4 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through.

3. Serve grilled chicken topped with chopped mango and thyme sprigs, if using.


*Mango nectar can be found in your market's juice aisle. It comes in a can (same size as a soda can), and the most recognizable brand is Kerns.


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  • Megan wrote:

    This looks SO good! I’m going to try it tonight!

  • Jesse B wrote:

    Awesome! I cut the nectar with hard apple cider and cayenne pepper. We’ll see of this addition is any good lol

  • Tiffany Sizemore wrote:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! Had mangos on hand so I just mashed a soft one and used it in the marinade. When it grilled the little mango mashes caramelized and added a little extra. Great recipe with ingredients I wouldn’t think to put together!

  • Chelle wrote:

    Sounds divine must try tonight 🙂

  • Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik wrote:

    This looks & sounds awesome. I love balsamic and mangos – this is a must make for dinner this week! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • skylor wrote:

    Anything with mango is my first choice in food. I love it when cooling fruits are with warm salty foods. So happy it’s summer time to try this!

  • Michelle wrote:

    I made this tonight with the slaw and didn’t care for the chicken too much. I don’t know if it was because the chicken was cut too flat or I marinated it too long, I did it for just about 2 hrs . . . there just wasn’t much flavor. I probably won’t be making this chicken again, BUT I will make the mango slaw again!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You won’t yield a mango flavor in the chicken- the nectar gives it a nice, tender texture- pair that with the chunks of mango and that’s where you get the flavor. I liked it best as a sandwich with the slaw in there!

  • bisola wrote:

    wonderful recipe lori.

  • Reem | Simply Reem wrote:

    This is such a beautiful recipe ad that baby looks perfectly done!!
    Summers here I come…

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking wrote:

    Mango marinated?! Oh my god, Lori, that’s brilliant. This chicken looks to die for delicious. Wonderful spring/summer dinner recipe!

  • Nancy S wrote:

    Great recipe! Going to make it this weekend. It seems very heart healthy and low in calories. How is the weight loss coming along? I’m struggling:-(.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      yeah, me too– but I’m trying! As long as I stock the fridge w/ chopped veggies and salad and things that are ready to go I’m okay. 2 week countdown ’till vacation and bathing suits- ugh!

  • Ashley@BakerByNature wrote:

    I’m dying to get a grill this year! We have a little patio off our bedroom window and I may just be nutty enough to place a little one there so I can have amazing meals like this all Summer.

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers wrote:

    Great minds think alike. I post a chicken and mango recipe too! 🙂 Your sounds fantastic! Going to try it this weekend!!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts wrote:

    Looking for mango nectar next time I am at the store. This chicken sounds so flavorful, and delicious. I love balsamic with chicken, can’t wait to try it!

  • Rachel Cooks wrote:

    Oh this looks so amazing! I love the addition of mango nectar.