Chili-lime Mango Chicken Skewers

We featured these Chili-Lime Mango Chicken Skewers recipe years ago at one of our first live cooking demos at Macy’s, in Utah! These sweet and spicy skewers feature tender chicken and sweet juicy mango all grilled up with a sweet and tangy fresh lime marinade.  We love it with lime-cilantro rice or sweet and savory coconut rice.  While we do prefer the smokiness from a traditional outdoor grill, feel free to use an indoor grill pan, or pop them under a broiler  if you need to.   TIP: Look for large mangos so there is enough fruit to cut a big enough chunk for the grill, and opt for ripe but slightly firm fruit so it will hold up in the heat.  I also suggest buying an extra mango or 2 because sometimes there’s a learning curve to cutting it effectively.

Steak and Mango Skewers over rice

Prep your Mango

If you’ve never cut a fresh mango, there’s a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s not hard!  Click here for a little tutorial. My best tip is to look for LARGE mangos because you’ll need larger chunks.  The little yellow varieties simply don’t have enough flesh on them to get large enough pieces.  Look for the red/green ones as pictured here. Also use them before they get too soft.  A ripe, but slighty firmer mango will hold up better on the grill.

Chopped Mango

Marinate your Chicken in Chili-Lime Marindade

The chicken chunks (and the mango) get a little dip in a sweet and savor mix of fresh lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, and a touch of sugar (don’t leave that part out, it helps caramelize the mango!)

marinading chicken

Thread your Skewers

Thread everything onto skewers, while being careful to not overcrowd things. Your chicken chunks should be the same size, or slightly smaller than your mango to help facilitate everything cooking at the same time.

uncooked chicken skewers

Grill your Chili-Lime Mango Chicken Skewers

Pop them on the grill, turning once or twice until done.  We love these with one of our sweet and savory rice combos:  Coconut Rice, or Lime-Cilantro Rice with pineapple. 

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mango chicken skewers

Chili-lime Mango Chicken Skewers


A perfect combo of sweet mango and tender chicken grilled with fresh flavors!  Try it with a side of coconut rice or our sweet and savory pineapple lime-cilantro rice.


6 tablespoons olive oil
Zest of 1 lime

¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 23 large limes)
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (double that if you like spicy things!)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
34 ripe but firm *large* mangoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes


If you’re using wooden/bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in water for 20-30 minutes before you use them.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, cayenne, salt and sugar. Place in a bowl, or zip-top bag  and add the chicken and mangoes, stirring gently to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Prepare grill (or indoor grill pan) to medium heat.

Remove the chicken and mangoes from the marinade and thread onto skewers, alternating the pieces and dividing them evenly.

*When you’re making any type of skewer, make sure not to smash everything together tightly. In order for the food to cook thoroughly and evenly, it needs a little room! The pieces threaded on should just barely touch each other.

Arrange the skewers on the grill and cook, turning until the chicken is nicely charred and cooked through, 6-10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Keywords: chicken and mango skewer



  1. Happy Birthday! I read about this blog and have really been enjoying it the last few days. Thanks for the great ideas and instruction.

  2. I have not tried the recipe, but it looks great and I can not wait to try it. I do not know you and I do not know your husband, but I want to wish him a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you for supporting your wife, we love what she does.

    Sara, you definately have the talent, I would love to move in with your family 🙂

  3. And I love how Eric always leaves such funny comments. Maybe he should start a blog of his own…I would read it. Happy Birthday Eric!

    This recipe really does look scrumptious (funny word, but very descriptive)!

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