Mango Coconut Chicken Salad

Whenever I type the word “mango” I immediately think of Chris Kattan’s Mango sketch from SNL back in the day.

Anyone else?

No, just me?

Fine. No Mango for you!

I just keeeding. You can have mango in this salad!

I’m obviously not a trendsetter when it comes to new food finds. I’m not even really on top of the trends. But give it a good six months to a year and I’m alllll over it.

That is to say that I picked up a jar of coconut oil at Trader Joe’s yesterday and I’m pretty sure I’m now on that bandwagon in a big way.

I immediately put it to use as a flavor base in this summery chicken salad.

Mango Coconut Chicken Salad
serves 2

1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded or diced
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 large mango, diced
1/4 cup shelled edamame
3/4 T coconut oil, measured solid
1 1/2 T light sour cream
salt+pepper
1/2 t red pepper flakes

1. Place a skillet over medium heat and add coconut oil until it melts (FYI, coconut oil’s melting point is about 73°, so it should be a soft solid at room temperature).
2. Add onion and saute until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add chicken and edamame and heat through.
4. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
5. Remove from heat and stir in mango and sour cream. Serve.

I ate this for dinner over a big bed of spinach (that whole green vegetable deficiency is still hanging over me), and I will tell you- it was delightful.

Colorful, light, and you could definitely taste the coconut flavor coming through. The mango wakes the flavor up nicely, too.

I should really start cooking with mangoes more often.

But if I start talking in the Mango voice permanently, promise me you’ll cut me off.

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20 thoughts on “Mango Coconut Chicken Salad

  1. Obviously, I can’t say too much about the mango. But can we talk about the shelled edamame? Did you get that at TJ’s? Because the one by me doesn’t sell the shelled stuff anymore.

    Gasp…. do you have to shell it yourself???

  2. Hand to the sky, just last night I finally cut a mango I’ve have for a week (wasn’t sure had) and I slapped my butt just like Mango when I did it. I am crying right now, too funny!!

  3. Mango is so good right now. This sound amazing! I’m typically behind on food trends too. No shame.

  4. I’ll take a large order of this, hold the onion – please. 😉 Can you just start packing my lunch for me? Seriously. It would be a huge help. Also, I’m stealing that darling noodle bowl of yours next time I’ve over. You’ve been warned.

  5. I used to love the “Mango” SNL sketch! 🙂 I keep seeing them on sale at the grocery store and have passed them by all summer – shame on me. This recipe looks amazing so I will have to pick some up!

  6. I remember those were the days I was a rebel and stayed up past my bedtime to watch SNL, hehe. Mango, Chris Katan was awesome.

    So is this salad! I love fresh takes on old favorites 🙂

  7. Mmm this is SO interesting and creative, from the mango to the edamame to the sour cream. Not sure if this exactly qualifies as a salad but definitely sounds lovely and fresh. 😉 Loved that SNL sketch too btw!

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