Mango Chicken Stir-Fry

Myriad of flavors will dance in your mouth and tickle your taste buds…

Without any doubt, mango and chicken are quite compatible. I have once had mango chicken at a Thai restaurant in Omaha, NE, it was delicious and since then I had been getting constant craving for the same. I had the feeling that it was big time I succumb to my irresistible craving for mango chicken. Last weekend, I had bought half a dozen of really good and fresh ripe mangoes with the sole intention of making mango chicken. The mangoes were really sweet and juicy that I couldn’t stop eating it while cutting them and I got little worried whether there would be any mangoes left to make the dish. I did have to scream at myself to stop eating the fruit and focus on preparing my favorite dish.

Before making this dish as usual I had to surf through the internet for some ideas and tips for making mango chicken. I smoothly landed on About.com website and saw a recipe for mango chicken with really good reviews. I had all the ingredients and so tried it at once. It was in deed very easy to make this dish. It only involved only 3 main steps: making the mango sauce, frying the chicken and combining the mango sauce and the fried chicken. I was so impatient to taste this dish and greedily tasted some while it was simmering on the stove. There was an outburst of flavors in my mouth: spicy, tangy, juicy, sweet and the mango flavor. The taste was just phenomenal, and of course I felt this dish to be better than the restaurant ones. The preparation method for this dish is quite flexible you could adjust almost everything according to your needs.  If you want more spice, add more of chili paste; if you prefer to have more mango taste, add more of the mango sauce etc etc; the end result will be absolutely delicious.

Mango Chicken

Ingredients:

For frying chicken:

  • Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cubes- 2 or 3
  • Rice flour or all purpose flour- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- 1/4 tsp
  • Oil- 1/4 cup or more for shallow frying

For making mango sauce:

  • Mangoes, ripe and sweet, cubed- 2
  • Chili paste (sambal oelek) or dried whole red chili- 1 1/2 tsp of chili paste or 1 red dry chili
  • Soy sauce, low sodium- 2 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Fish sauce-  2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Brown sugar- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Ginger or galangal chopped- 1 1/2 inch slice
  • Lemon or lime zest or kaffir lime leaves-  zest of 1/2 lemon or 2 kaffir leaves
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Other ingredients:

  • Red bell pepper, cut into long strips- 1
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful

Instruction

  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • Coat the chicken with the flour.
  • Place a large cooking pan over medium heat, add oil.
  • Place the coated chicken over the oil and shallow fry in 2 batches till it turns golden in color.
  • I used rice flour and the chicken turned really crispy. You could use all purpose flour instead.
  • If you want you could add more oil to fry it.
  • Transfer to a paper towel and keep aside.
  • In a blender, add all the ingredients to make the mango sauce and puree to a smooth paste.
  • In the same pan used for frying the chicken, pour the mango sauce and add the red bell peppers to it.
  • Combine well and let the sauce come to a boil.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water to thin it down.
  • Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Red pepper shouldn’t be cooked well, it should have a crispy texture.
  • Add the fried chicken, combine well and cook for a minute.
  • Have a taste and adjust the spice level and salt level.
  • Sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the mango chicken.
  • Remove from the stove and serve on a serving bowl.
  • This goes well with Jasmine rice or Basmati rice.

Tips:

  • I find using red peppers gives a nice flavor and color to this dish, so make sure to use red peppers only.

 

Mango Chicken Stir-Fry
 
Ingredients
For frying chicken
  • Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cubes- 2 or 3
  • Rice flour or all purpose flour- ½ cup
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Oil- ¼ cup or more for shallow frying
For making mango sauce
  • Mangoes, ripe and sweet, cubed- 2
  • Chili paste (sambal oelek) or dried whole red chili- 1½ tsp of chili paste or 1 red dry chili
  • Soy sauce, low sodium- 2 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Fish sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Brown sugar- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Ginger or galangal chopped- 1½ inch slice
  • Lemon or lime zest or kaffir lime leaves- zest of ½ lemon or 2 kaffir leaves
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Other ingredients
  • Red bell pepper, cut into long strips- 1
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Coat the chicken with the flour.
  3. Place a large cooking pan over medium heat, add oil.
  4. Place the coated chicken over the oil and shallow fry in 2 batches till it turns golden in color.
  5. I used rice flour and the chicken turned really crispy. You could use all purpose flour instead.
  6. If you want you could add more oil to fry it.
  7. Transfer to a paper towel and keep aside.
  8. In a blender, add all the ingredients to make the mango sauce and puree to a smooth paste.
  9. In the same pan used for frying the chicken, pour the mango sauce and add the red bell peppers to it.
  10. Combine well and let the sauce come to a boil.
  11. Add ¼ cup of water to thin it down.
  12. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  13. Red pepper shouldn't be cooked well, it should have a crispy texture.
  14. Add the fried chicken, combine well and cook for a minute.
  15. Have a taste and adjust the spice level and salt level.
  16. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the mango chicken.
  17. Remove from the stove and serve on a serving bowl.
  18. This goes well with Jasmine rice or Basmati rice.
Notes
•I find using red peppers gives a nice flavor and color to this dish, so make sure to use red peppers only.

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