Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken

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.

Yield: 4 grilled chicken breasts

Prep Time: 10 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 8 min

Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken


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.


38 Responses to “Balsamic- Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken”

  1. postedMay 23, 2012 4:33 AM

    I’ve marinated chicken with a lot of different things, but never mango nectar – I love it! Plus I’m slightly in love with balsamic vinegar, so it looks like I have a new recipe to try out – thanks!

  2. postedMay 23, 2012 5:19 AM

    I’ve never seen mango nectar so I’ll have to look for it. This looks so fresh for summer. Time to bust out the grill!

  3. postedMay 23, 2012 5:28 AM

    This sounds heavenly!

  4. postedMay 23, 2012 5:46 AM

    This looks fantastic, Lori! I’m going to have to search out that mango nectar for this! YUM!

  5. postedMay 23, 2012 6:01 AM

    OK this terrific, simple, fresh, utilizes the grill AND the chicken I have in the freezer. Thanks 🙂

  6. postedMay 23, 2012 6:17 AM
    Catalina @ Cake with Love

    I love mango so much, this is such a great idea to pair it with chicken, a very lovely summer dish!

  7. postedMay 23, 2012 6:39 AM

    Perfect recipe for summer!

  8. postedMay 23, 2012 6:41 AM

    This is perfect! And so funny, I came to your site to find a Mango recipe to link up to my post today(how to cut a mango)…and what do you know! This looks so tasty!

  9. postedMay 23, 2012 6:42 AM

    Sounds perfect for summer! Mmmm….

  10. postedMay 23, 2012 6:48 AM

    This looks so good! light and simple!

  11. postedMay 23, 2012 6:51 AM

    What a great way to dress up grilled chicken. And it’s definitely hitting summer in LA. I can’t even stand the heat.

  12. postedMay 23, 2012 7:48 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    ooo I’ve never heard of mango nectar but I LOVE mangos so I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for it!

  13. postedMay 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    This sounds so wonderful. I love mango and have had some great ones so far. I bet it’s perfect paired with the balsamic. I’m on board for this one!

  14. postedMay 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    Looks so fresh and easy!

  15. postedMay 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    beautiful photo of what looks like a DELICIOUS meal ?

  16. postedMay 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    This looks fabulous…perfect for summer!

  17. postedMay 23, 2012 1:41 PM
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    It looks fantastic. And gorgeous, too. I cannot wait to try it.

  18. postedMay 23, 2012 7:08 PM

    I made this for dinner and can I say amazing! I made the roasted beets with citrus dressing too. So in love with these dishes. My children even ate it up!

  19. postedMay 24, 2012 4:17 AM

    Now that’s a brilliant use for mango nectar! I’ve had a can in my cupboard for ages!! Yeah! Love mangos, especially with grilled food!

  20. postedMay 24, 2012 4:32 AM

    I’ve never seen mango nectar, but I feel like I should be on lookout now so I can make this tasty recipe!

  21. postedMay 24, 2012 6:02 AM

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

  22. postedMay 24, 2012 8:26 AM

    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!

  23. postedMay 24, 2012 9:09 AM

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

  24. postedMay 24, 2012 9:21 AM

    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.

  25. postedMay 24, 2012 10:54 AM
    Nancy S

    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:-(.

    • postedMay 24, 2012 11:00 AM

      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!

  26. postedMay 24, 2012 11:09 AM

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

  27. postedMay 24, 2012 12:32 PM

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

  28. postedMay 25, 2012 6:12 AM

    wonderful recipe lori.

  29. postedMay 27, 2012 11:50 PM

    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!

    • postedMay 29, 2012 6:56 AM

      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!

  30. postedMay 30, 2012 1:30 PM

    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!

  31. postedJun 13, 2012 7:39 AM

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

  32. postedAug 23, 2012 7:42 PM

    Sounds divine must try tonight 🙂

  33. postedMay 14, 2013 7:42 PM
    Tiffany Sizemore

    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!

  34. postedJul 20, 2013 6:14 PM
    Jesse B

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

  35. postedAug 21, 2013 8:01 AM

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

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