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Sesame Mango Chicken — An EASY Asian-inspired recipe with tender sesame chicken, juicy mango, and soy-garlic-ginger infused cabbage and carrots!! One skillet, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights!!

Sesame Mango Chicken in large white bowl with a fork

Healthy Recipe for Chicken with Mango

I love cooking with sesame oil because it adds an unmistakeable flavor that I adore. Throw in mango and I’m really in heaven. 

This easy sesame mango chicken recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes is loaded with Asian-inspired flavors and textures galore.

Mango is the perfect sweet note that counterbalances the savory flavors of the soy and hoisin and the saltiness of the peanuts. If you can’t find fresh mango, substitute with frozen.

If you’re a low-carber, this is the perfect meal. Omit the mango if you’re being really strict but I never would because I love it way too much. Also bonus points for a recipe that’s naturally gluten-free!

Sesame Mango Chicken in bowl with fork

Sesame Mango Chicken Ingredients 

To make this healthy but flavorful chicken recipe with mango, you’ll need: 

  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Garlic 
  • Ground ginger
  • Coleslaw mix 
  • Soy sauce (I prefer reduced sodium) 
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Mango (fresh or frozen) 
  • Peanuts
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sesame seeds

How to Make Sesame Mango Chicken

Step 1: Chicken is cooked in sesame oil before adding a bag of coleslaw mix, which is just shredded cabbage and carrots. I love the convenience of the mix because it really helps get this meal on the table in no time! 

Step 2: Then garlic, ginger, soy and hoisin sauces (available in your regular grocery store in the Asian aisle) are added before stirring in crunchy peanuts, green onions, sesame seeds, cilantro, and juicy mango.

Step 3: This mango sesame chicken is delicious as is, but you can bulk it up by serving it with brown rice or cauliflower rice. 

Sesame Mango Chicken - An EASY Asian-inspired recipe with tender sesame chicken, juicy mango, and soy-garlic-ginger infused cabbage and carrots!! One skillet, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights!!

What Goes with Mango Chicken? 

Try one or more of the following sides with your Asian mango chicken: 

How to Store Mango Chicken Leftovers 

Leftovers reheat well and keep in the fridge for up to five days. This is a great recipe to make before a busy week — store some rice and Asian chicken in a mason jar and bring it with you to work for an easy, healthy lunch!  

Sesame Mango Chicken - An EASY Asian-inspired recipe with tender sesame chicken, juicy mango, and soy-garlic-ginger infused cabbage and carrots!! One skillet, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights!!

Tips for the Best Chicken with Mango

To speed up the cook time, dice the chicken into small cubes (about an inch or so). If you dice the chicken small enough, it’ll only take about 5 minutes to cook through. 

If your grocery store doesn’t sell coleslaw mix, you can substitute shredded cabbage and carrots (about 4 or 5 cups worth — it wilts down!). Any color cabbage will work in this recipe, so use whatever you can get your hands on. 

Also, if you’ve never cooked with sesame oil before, prepare to fall in love! I use Trader Joe’s brand sesame oil. It’s toasted sesame oil, but you can use any kind you want. 

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Sesame Mango Chicken

By Averie Sunshine
An EASY Asian-inspired recipe with tender sesame chicken, juicy mango, and soy-garlic-ginger infused cabbage and carrots. One skillet, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into small pieces
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • one 14-ounce bag coleslaw mix, shredded green cabbage and carrots
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1.5 to 2 cups mango, diced in 1-inch cubes (frozen may be substituted)
  • cup peanuts, I use either honey-roasted or salted
  • cup fresh cilantro, for garnishing or to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnishing

Instructions 

  • To a large skillet add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat until done, about 5 minutes; flip chicken intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add the coleslaw mix (looks like a lot but wilts quickly), evenly drizzle the soy sauce (if you like your dishes on the ‘saucy’ side use 2/3 cup), hoisin sauce, add the pepper, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cabbage is wilted and tender; stir intermittently.
  • Remove from the heat, add the mango, peanuts, and stir to combine.
  • Evenly sprinkle with cilantro, sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage: Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from my Chicken Egg Roll Bowls

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 811kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 57g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 2158mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 31g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Phenomenal! Didn’t have cabbage mix, so substituted broccoli. Added onion for some crunch. Sauce was very flavorful, perfect as is. The sweetness of mango with savory sauce and crunch of peanuts made for a perfect bite, every bite. Will definitely make again! This was a lick the bowl recipe! :)

  2. 5 stars
    Phenomenal! Didn’t have cabbage mix, so substituted broccoli. Added onion for some crunch. Sauce was very flavorful, perfect as is. The sweetness of mango with savory sauce and crunch of peanuts made for a perfect bite, every bite. Will definitely make again! This was a lick the bowl recipe! :)

    1. Thanks for the five star review and glad it was phenomenal with the broccoli and onions for crunch! I totally agree with your assessments about the flavor contrasts, the textures going on, this is a bowl licker for me too :)

      1. I laughed when I read the note in your nutrition section that you are not likely to consume all the sauce pooled at the bottom of the bowl …AFTER all the sauce was gone. Oooops! :) yep, that good!

    1. Glad it was delish, easy, and better than most Chinese takeout you’ve had – great to hear!

  3. I made your Sesame Mango Chicken for dinner last night as written, except I didn’t have any sesame seeds for garnish. It was scrumptious, so easy, and everyone loved it, even my hubby who only likes meat, potatoes and green beans. Both daughters-in-law asked for the recipe, too! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes that I’ve printed or pinned.

  4. Finally tried this! Absolutely delicious! And easy to prepare! Tried the banana bread, lemon loaf and now this. Thank you for your wonderful recipes. Looking forward to trying more!

    1. Thanks for trying so many of my recipes! Glad everything has been working out great! LMK what else you make!

  5. Wow, I love how simple this sounds with the coleslaw mix but so amazingly yummy!! Pinning now!!

  6. Trying this out this Sunday :) it looks delicious.
    Quick question: if you use frozen mango, would there be any changes to the instructions?

    (I LOVE mango but find fresh mangoes hard to cut.)

    1. I would just let it thaw ahead of time, dump (or drink) the juice, and then add the thawed chunks to the recipe.

  7. Sounds delish! My theory is … add nutmeats to a main dish and my family will eat anything. :)

    On a different note–I FINALLY tried your apple fritter bread yesterday–I think it’s a small miracle that there was any left for today! So good and so pretty, too–it would be a great bake sale item.

    1. I’m so glad that you finally made that bread. And I’m so glad that you loved it and not surprising there’s not much left ??

  8. The mango and peanuts in this sound delicious! It reminds me of the deconstructed egg roll recipe and I make that fairly frequently. Anything with sesame oil and hoisin sauce hits the spot so I’m adding this to my weekend cooking plans!

    1. There are a lot of similarities to the deconstructed egg roll recipe because mentally that was my jumping off place for this one. Chicken + a bag of coleslaw mix. And this is what I came up with. The sesame, hoisin, everything about this one was so good! LMK how it goes for you!

      1. We really loved this!! The mango,ginger and peanuts are a great twist on your deconstructed egg roll recipe. It’s going into the rotation!

      2. I’m glad you loved this one and that it’s going into rotation! There’s one more after this one (about 2-3 weeks from now) that’s similar to these because it also starts with a coleslaw mix and then I doctored it up. Glad this one was a hit!