Try a homemade gourmet recipe this week that is sure to please. The presentation is beautiful. The marinated chicken takes on some of the red colors from the wine. It is then topped with a red sauce loaded with chunky orange mango. The flavors are mild and slightly sweet. Adding the mango and a little bit of maple syrup rounds out the salty and savory flavors.
Don’t be afraid to make enough of this simple chicken recipe for the kids to try some too. They will enjoy the interesting color, texture, and flavor of the sauced chicken. Look for well-matched and easy to prepare side dishes after the recipe.
Mango Red Wine Chicken (for 2)
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/4 C red wine
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 t dry rosemary leaves
- 1 t dry parsley leaves
- 1/4 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 2 T maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 T flour
- 1 mango cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine the listed ingredients from red wine to maple syrup. Place chicken in the marinade and turn to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through the time. Remove the chicken breasts to a broiler pan and season both sides with salt and pepper. Broil the chicken breasts 8 inches from the heat for approximately 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Bake the chicken in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes more or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees at the center of the breasts. Baking time will vary depending on the thickness of the pieces of chicken used. Meanwhile, heat the marinade over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow the liquid to reduce by approximately 1/2. Sift in the flour and stir the sauce until thickened. Add the mango. Cook for 2 minutes more and remove from heat. Place cooked chicken breasts on a plate and pour the sauce over the top. Serve.
Easy Side Dishes to Match
- Salads always go well with a gourmet chicken recipe. Try a plate of spinach topped with strawberries and a red wine or balsamic vinaigrette for the first course. Strawberries are a perfect prep for the mango sauce.
- Baked potatoes are a classic choice for starch. Keep them simple with salt and pepper, or to keep them from being boring, serve them twice baked with bacon and goat cheese filling.
- To finish off the plate with a vegetable, steam a mixture of fresh green and yellow beans. Top them with a small part of the butter.