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Jul132011

Chipotle-mango bbq chicken

This week marks the first week in ages that I have felt like I could possibly still be a human being. Up until very recently, I've been going through the motions and doing only what absolutely needs to be accomplished. Or, accomplishing tasks that don't need to be accomplished, but forcing myself to do them. A lot has been piling up, both in my mind and on my list of tasks. A few days ago I caught myself thinking about completing tasks that were above and beyond the "bare minimum" level, and I squealed with delight. Is normalcy on the horizon? Could it be? Will I finally have the desire to fulfill the items on my to-do list, instead of forcing myself to do them? It makes me sad that I have lost, in a sense, half of my summer. But I refuse to dwell, and I will enjoy what is left.

Summery meals like this one are now fun to pull together. There is something to be said for enjoying summer. And food. And life.

I have been cooking with mangos more than usual lately. Perhaps I have been subconsciously wishing myself to a location where mangos are grown? At any rate, mangos are delicious. I treat every piece of mango flesh with utmost care. I don't waste a single morsel of the juicy fruit.

I had grilling, summer and mangos on the brain, and came across this delicious grilled chicken recipe from Guy Fieri. We added a quick salad to our plates, along with buttery grilled potatoes, and my desires were fulfilled.

To make the chicken..

Add the following ingredients to a food processor:

1 1/2 cups mango, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped

3/4 cup fresh cilantro (stems and all, not chopped)

2 chipotle peppers in adobo, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Puree until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Add 2 pounds of chicken thighs and drumsticks (bone-in and skin on) to a resealable plastic bag, along with half of the mango mixture. Massage to coat the chicken with the sauce. Refrigerate at least 6 hours to marinate.

Put the other half of the mango mixture into a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until thick, stirring often, about 15 minutes.

Set some of the simmered chipotle-mango sauce aside to serve on the side, and baste the chicken every few minutes with the rest of the sauce.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and brush with canola oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and put it on the grill.

Grill the chicken, turning and basting every 5 minutes until cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved mango sauce.

I love you, summer. And more than that, I love that I am finally loving you.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (14)

Grilled chicken is a great summer meal. I really like the marinade of sweet and spicy ingredients. Great pics-thanks for sharing.

07.14.2011 | Unregistered Commentertina@flourtrader

wow, that mango sauce for the chicken sounds incredibly delicious, and must have taken that chicken way over the top! My wife loves mangoes and she is going to adore this chicken!

Hope you get to enjoy the rest of your summer!

07.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

Your photos are too gorgeous .. and that chicken dish is making me so hungry right now.. wish there was some chicken at home !

07.14.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkankana

Fruit and meat combinations a re a barbecue dream team. Lovely, lovely chicken. I have been consuming a lot osf mangoes lately, too, just because I love them. I'm glad you're having a reprieve from being swamped by life. I know what you mean. Carry on barbecuing and enjoy your summer!

07.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdora's Box

What a great way to get geared up again about summer. This mango chicken looks incredible. Wonder if you could do something similar with pineapples or peaches?

Just bookmarked this - it looks fantastic. This dish incorporates many of my favorite flavors. I can't wait to try it :)

Oh this looks great! I am in love with anything chipotle, love the smokey flavor! :-)

07.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

Oh! this makes me hungry! your mango chicken bbq is so beautiful! Good plating and chicken looks so juicy! Interesting flavor pairing. I still cannot imagine how the flavors come together so I guess I will have to give this a try to understand! Maybe this is sweet because of the mangoes!

That chicken looks so amazing! I love mangoes in my chicken recipes too! Thanks for sharing!

07.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVicki @ WITK

This sounds delicious! Love that you incorporated mangos! They are all over the place lately, and everyone's recipes look amazing!

Subconscious, my foot! You know you want to be in Cayman :) Fabulous recipe, darling! I want to drown in that mango mixture...so.darn.sexy!

07.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

I hate forcing myself to do things, and this past month has been exactly that way... :( I know how you feel! Hope everything will return back to normal for you and me!!!
Now can you pass me a plate of that deliciousness up there?! Thanks! :)

07.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

Yum! Totally bookmarked. That sauce looks fabulous, and I'm sure it would even be a great salsa with tortilla chips :) Thanks for sharing!

07.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Seriously drooling right now. I can't wait to get back home to my grill and try this. Thanks for sharing!

07.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterM.C.

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