If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, or even read my food based blog posts, then you will know that I love food. I like trying new foods, I like sticking to old classics, I like mixing shit up a bit! I don’t post about food anywhere near as much as I’d like too, but I do try and make an effort to now and again. Today is one of those days and I thought I’d share my favourite ‘tasty and slightly impressive and a little bit different’ meal on a budget that I’m obsessed with making recently. I know this isn’t going to be a culinary delight for everyone, and seriously if I hadn’t of tasted this I would have thought the idea was disgusting as I really don’t like mango, but trust me – it’s goooooooood.
Simple Mango Chicken Recipe on a Budget
An easy and interesting dish using stuff you probably have in the fridge anyway!
I don’t even know if I can call this recipe really, as it’s so fool proof and simple, you don’t need many ingredients and you don’t need a lot of skill to prepare it at all. I really dislike cooking ‘meals’ for myself at home, the amount of time something takes to make and cook in the oven always leave me so dissatisfied! But this will take you around 10 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to just bung in and wait for it to cook through. You will need:
Try and get the chicken legs that have the thigh on too (I’m so useless I don’t know the *technical* name for these) and make sure it still as the skin on too! If you buy meat in bulk, see if you have somewhere like Wayne Walker’s close as they do super quality meats for bargain prices. Unfortunately I don’t have a freezer, so I just nab it from my mum’s house (see, this really IS a budget dish).
The cheapest place for fresh mango I have found is LIDL, where you can pick a large one up for £1 (verses Tesco charging £1.99 for a small one)
Spices and Hot Sauces!
I forgot to mention that this dish comes with a bit of a kick. I use simple chilli powder and also found a brilliant selection of hot sauces in my local B&M for £2.99 which contained a variety of 4, including a spicy mango one – perfect for this dish!
So, that’s all you need, and as I said preparation is super simple. Pop the chicken in a oven proof dish then cube the mango (the best you can, I have found that chopping mango, even with the ‘hedgehog’ technique is pretty hard) and stuff it under the chicken skin. Splash on the spicy mango sauce under the skin and over the top of the chicken, then sprinkle as much spice as you want on, as you can see from the image I like mine spicy. Cover with foil (*foil tip! Make sure the shinier side of the foil is on the inside facing the chicken to reflect heat) and then put in the oven for around 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked (if you don’t know about cooking chicken then you know it’s cooked if you prod a hole in and squish it down and the juices run CLEAR, not pinky). I like it more when the chicken skin turns in to a nice crunchy layer too.
I serve my mango chicken with crushed baby new potatoes (with some butter and salt in) and some broccoli. I did think initially the meal would be a bit too dry with no actual sauce on, but the mango is so juicy you end up with a lovely juice in the bottom of the dish you cook it in, which can be drizzled over everything on the plate.
To make this dish from start to finish you’re looking at around a fiver for ALL the ingredients. And it would easily serve 2 to 4 people, just depends on how much chicken you buy and where from really. It’s also *kind of healthy*? I think? I don’t really pay attention to calories or fat, but the way I see it this is all freshly prepared and hey, there’s fruit in it right?
Will you be trying super simply mango chicken?
Would you like to see more recipes on a budget like this one?