Mango Chicken Salad

Did you know that mangoes are the world's favorite fruit? Here, just in time for warmer weather, fresh mango is paired with cooked chicken and a touch of curry for a delicious -- but still light -- chicken salad.

Mango Chicken Salad

"... this was delicious! ... Soo delicious and satisfying!" ~ Lynessa

Last fall, a shopper was woman-handling the peaches at a nearby grocery, squeezing one then another for ripeness. "The produce here is terrible," she complained loudly to no one in particular. I attempted to explain, “It's past-season for peaches." She stared my way as if I were daft and answered with ferocity. "Not anymore. You can get them all year."

So we can. But that doesn’t mean we should, not when the peach orchards of Missouri and southern Illinois bear juicy-sweet fruit all July and August, plenty time for gorging.

But what about fruit that doesn’t grow nearby? How much should ‘season’ matter when fruit is imported from California or Mexico?

I asked these questions while peeling and cutting mangoes these past few weeks, breathing deeply to capture the unfamiliar scent, licking my fingers to capture the stickiness. If Missourians were strict locavores, we’d forego artichokes, bananas, lemons, oranges, figs, blueberries, cherries and … and … and …

The locavore movement is all well and good but who wants to give up tropical fruit? Mangoes remind me to be grateful for global food distribution. Surely, surely, there’s room in our world for swapping mangoes and peaches.


Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 1 hour
Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon good mustard
  • Zest & juice of a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, cubed (no cooked chicken on hand? here's how to poach chicken breasts)
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed quite small
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
  • Lettuce leaves

Combine sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the chicken, mango and green onions. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let flavors meld. Arrange atop lettuce leaves and serve with fruit or feta slices.

ALANNA’s TIPS If you can’t find fresh mangoes, look for jars of mango slices in the produce section of larger supermarkets. Trader Joe’s some times has bags of frozen mango pieces, they’re great.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 254 Calories; 4g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 97mg Cholesterol; 142mg Sodium; 16g Carb; 1g Fiber; 13g Sugar; 37g Protein; Weight Watchers Old Points 5, PointsPlus 6
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  1. Good heavens that looks good! I am such a big fan of mangoes.

  2. Localvores can eat cherries; I have 7 cherry trees in my yard, which I pick and eat!

  3. Anonymous4/16/2009

    Try that mango lassi with some fresh mint leaves .... one of our Monday Lunch Club members at work is from India and has served this a couple of times - yum!

  4. Thanks for posting, this was delicious! I didn't have yogurt so I used a little light sour cream. My hubby had it hot over rice and I had it cold on TJ high fiber bread. Soo delicious and satisfying!

  5. Was searching for mango recipes and landed here! Mango lassi for breakfast, baby!


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