Sunday Dinner Series: Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice Pilaf

Mango Salsa ChickenMango Salsa

Hotlanta is heating up! When the weather gets warm, I can’t wait to fire up the grill.

Today, I wanted to find a recipe for the huge, pack of chicken tenders I had thawing in the fridge. So, I did what any good, home chef would do: search the Internet. For sometime, I’ve wanted to prepare a meal with mango salsa. I always enjoy the chicken with mango salsa at Chili’s. The mango salsa is refreshing and blends well with the citrus flavor of the chicken.

It was important to find a recipe that didn’t call for too much prep time — I gotta get in and out of the kitchen quickly. I’d rather spend my Sunday afternoons chillin before I head back to work on Monday.

I stumbled upon a recipe by Emeril Lagasse, on, which included easy side recipes for mango salsa and coconut cilantro rice pilaf — perfect! These were the right sides to go along with my grilled, citrus chicken tenders.

The dish was a hit with my husband and sons! It’s nice when a dish you’ve never prepared turns out fabulous!

Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice Pilaf

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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  • 10 – 15 chicken tenders
  • 1 pack McCormick’s Baja Citrus Marinade
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • Mango Salsa, see recipe on Foodnetwork
  • Coconut-Cilantro Rice Pilaf, see recipe on Foodnetwork


Mango Salsa – see recipe on Foodnetwork

Coconut-Cilantro Rice Pilaf – see recipe on Foodnetwork

Grilled, citrus chicken tenders

  1.  Soak chicken in cold, salt water for 1 hour.
  2. Prepare marinade according to package instructions. Set aside.
  3. Thoroughly rinse chicken and place in bowl with marinade. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Cook chicken tenders, onions, and peppers on hot, grill until done.
  5. Serve chicken and vegetables over rice, and top with mango salsa.

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