Spicy Tequila Mango Chicken

I threw this together with random ingredients I had on hand and it was delicious! This recipe marinates, tenderizes, sauces, and cooks the chicken in minutes. This can be served alone or with a side like rice or maybe even plantains. Beware this has a kick.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen mango chunks

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • salt to taste

  • 1 cup tequila

  • ¼ cup Louisiana-style hot sauce, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, or more to taste, minced

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large white onion, cut into large chunks


  1. Place mango on a plate and leave at room temperature until thawed, about 30 minutes. Mash slightly and set aside.

  2. When mango is almost thawed, rub chicken with salt and tenderize with a fork. Transfer to a large glass or ceramic bowl. Pour on tequila and move chicken around in it with the fork. Marinate until tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Add mango to the chicken-tequila mixture, along with hot sauce, cider, and garlic. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or longer if you have the time.

  4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Stir in onion. Cover with a lid and slightly caramelize for 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken-mango mixture and increase heat to high. Cook, uncovered, until alcohol had cooked off, about 5 minutes. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 5 to 8 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Cut chicken breasts into large pieces and mix it all up.

Cook's Note:

You can use pineapple-flavored vinegar if you'd like, and bacon grease instead of oil for more flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
17g Fat
15g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 31mg 156%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 358mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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