Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa – The chicken is tender, juicy, and the EASY salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint adds so much fresh FLAVOR!! Healthy, FAST, EASY, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa - The chicken is tender, juicy, and the EASY salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint adds so much fresh FLAVOR!! Healthy, FAST, EASY, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

Chicken on the grill is a favorite of ours because it’s tender, so juicy, and full of flavor from the grill.

Topped with this fresh watermelon mango salsa, it’s easy to get excited about this chicken dinner. Plus it’s so pretty. It’s not often I get to eat something so, well, pretty.

It’s easy, healthy, there’s zero cleanup, it’s ready in 15 minutes, and you don’t have to heat your house up.

What’s In The Chicken Marinade

I’m sure you have everything on hand in your pantry to get started on the chicken marinade.

Simply add your favorite barbecue sauce (I use this one) to a large ziptop bag and then add honey, olive oil for moisture, apple cider vinegar for tenderizing, garlic for pizzazz, and the chicken.  I also like to add sriracha because I love a touch of spiciness but if you’re not into that, feel free to omit it.

I like to marinate my chicken overnight for the full flavor effect, but if you’re running short on time, even 30 to 60 minutes will do.

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa - The chicken is tender, juicy, and the EASY salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint adds so much fresh FLAVOR!! Healthy, FAST, EASY, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

What’s In The Salsa

The salsa that tops the chicken is music to my watermelon and mango-loving self’s ears. I have a Strawberry Mint and a Peach Mango Salsa and recipe that are other favorites.

Seasonal juicy watermelon, mango, mint, lime juice, honey, and optional jalapeno peppers are the key ingredients. I love the kick the jalapenos add and don’t feel like salsa is actually salsa without some kick, but if you’re not into them, feel free to omit.

Because the salt causes the watermelon and mango to release their natural juices, I don’t recommend making this salsa too far in advance, maybe 4 hours in advance max. Extra will keep just fine in the fridge for days, noting that it will become more watery as time passes.

It’s such a perfect flavor enhancer to chicken on the grill. It’s like it was made to be eaten with grilled chicken. It’s summer in your mouth.

But it’s also excellent on tortilla chips and I suggest going to town with a bag of chips and any extra salsa you have. And wash everything down with a margarita.

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa - The chicken is tender, juicy, and the EASY salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint adds so much fresh FLAVOR!! Healthy, FAST, EASY, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

Pro Grilling Tips

As a shortcut, I used chicken breast tenders or sometimes called breast cutlets or medallions. Their smaller size makes for faster grilling times and much more even cooking.

Many times with large chicken breasts on the grill, I struggle to keep the outside from becoming overly dark before the interior is fully cooked through. I also recently used breast tenders in this Spicy Garlic Grilled Chicken with excellent results.

I always use my outdoor grill but you can also try using an indoor grill pan.

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Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa - Chicken is tender & the easy salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint is so delish!!

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa

Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa – The chicken is tender, juicy, and the EASY salsa made with watermelon, mango, and mint adds so much fresh FLAVOR!! Healthy, FAST, EASY, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

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Ingredients:

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce (I use this one)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sriracha, optional and to taste for a spicier result
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • about 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts tenders

Salsa

  • 2 cups watermelon, diced small
  • 1 cup mango, diced small (fresh is best but frozen can be substituted)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh mint, finely minced or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers finely minced with seeds removed, optional and to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste if desired

Directions:

  1. Chicken – To a large ziptop plastic bag, add all ingredients, seal bag, and squish the contents around so chicken is evenly coated. Place bag in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour (overnight is great if you can plan ahead).
  2. Salsa – To a large bowl, add all ingredients, stir to combine, taste and add additional salt, lime juice, mint, etc. if desired. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Note that the salt will cause the watermelon and mango to release their juices so I don’t recommend making this salsa too far in advance, maybe 4 hours in advance max.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat (or indoor grill pan) and grill the chicken for about 7 minutes, or until done; flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  4. Garnish with the salsa and serve immediately. Chicken is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Extra salsa will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days, noting it will continue to become more watery and juicy as time passes.

Chicken adapted from Honey Barbecue Grilled Chicken

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6 comments on “Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Mango Mint Salsa”

  1. Perfect summer meal ( and a great way to use a couple of my favorite fruits too)! This looks great for the weekend.

    • Definitely a great summer meal that takes advantage of all the fresh fruit, herbs, etc!

      • This was fantastic!! I love the marinade and even added a little sriracha. The fruit helped offset the little extra heat and went so well with the chicken! I’ll definitely make this again before watermelon goes out of season.

      • I’m so glad you loved it and will definitely make it again! I thought the flavor combos were great and adding a little sriracha is right up my alley!

  2. This chicken dish looks amazing! I can’t wait to add it to our menu plan for next week!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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