Spiced Honey Lemon Chicken with Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

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Spiced Honey Lemon Chicken with Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

I love fruit salsas. This one plays off the spice of the chicken nicely, adding a bit of heat, crunch, and sweetness. As the sun creeps out and we finally hit spring, people here on the West Coast will be digging out their barbeques, hoping to catch a bit of summer flavour as early as possible. Do you barbeque in the rain, too?

First, the chicken.

Chicken Ingredients:

2 whole chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 tsps olive oil
1 tbsp melted butter
3 tbsps honey
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp cumin
2 tsps paprika

 Mix all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a bowl until it's well blended together. Pour over the chicken in a glass dish, making sure that it's coated evenly, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for about 3 hours at least, or overnight.

 Take the chicken out of the marinade, and cook on your BBQ or on a foil lined pan at 400 F in your oven, for about 15-20 minutes or until the juices run clear and it's cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa.

 Now, I don't have a recipe for mango salsa, but I don't think you need one. Just chop up the following and toss together in a bowl:

Mango Salsa Ingredients:

1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
red onion (about 2 tsps, very finely chopped)
1/2 sweet red bell pepper (I used a tiny bit of yellow pepper that was hanging out in the fridge. Even orange would look pretty.)
2 plum tomatoes, chopped finely
1/2 seeded jalapeno pepper, very finely minced (less, if you don't want much heat)
2 tbsps finely minced fresh cilantro
sprinkle of sea salt
zest and juice of 1 lime

  Set all this aside and allow the flavours to come together.

  Serve together, spooning the salsa over the slices of chicken, at your plate.

Makes 4 servings

  Note: the salsa doesn't keep very well and is best eaten soon after it's made.

Serve Coconut Mango Butter Cookies for dessert, to continue the mango theme!

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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