This BBQ Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa recipe is all the good things about summer. Grilled chicken breast coated in sticky BBQ sauce topped with a bright, fruity, creamy salsa. You'll want to keep this on rotation all summer long!
Chicken breast grilled over an open flame is quintessential summer. Elevate that chicken by smothering it with barbeque sauce and topping it with a fruity salsa.
Chicken Breast - Chicken breast cut in half lengthwise is the perfect cut of meat for this recipe. It cooks fast and even and makes a great base to top with the salsa. This would also be great with flank or skirt steak.
BBQ Sauce - I use bottled bbq sauce and I typically opt for a sweet and spicy blend for this recipe. But you can certainly use homemade or any bbq sauce flavor you like. I like to serve extra sauce on the side.
Mango - Mangos add a great sweetness that pairs well with the creamy avocado and the bbq sauce. Be sure to use mangoes that are ripe. You can tell they are ready when they give a little when squeezed but don't feel mushy.
Avocado - Avocado adds a much-needed creaminess that tastes great with the mango and the bbq sauce. Just like with the mangoes you will want to look for avocados that give a little when squeezed but don't feel overly squishy, a sign they are over ripe.
Red Onion - Red onion gives the salsa a nice little crunch component. You could use yellow onion but I like the flavor of red onion in this. Plus, the pop of purple makes the salsa look even tastier!
Cilantro - Cilantro is great here for adding freshness and flavor. However, if you don't like the taste of cilantro you could substitute it with parsley.
Lime Juice - Lime juice adds a bit of tang to the salsa and also helps keep the avocado from turning brown quickly.
Jalapeño (optional) - If you would like a hit of heat in this salsa, finely diced fresh jalapeño would be a great addition!
How to Make BBQ Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa
Cut the two chicken breasts lengthwise so that you have four roughly equal pieces.
Season all sides of the chicken pieces with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder mixture. Allow the chicken to dry brine in the mixture anywhere from 30 minutes up to 24 hours before cooking.
- If you're only seasoning for 30 minutes allow the chicken to rest on the counter until ready to cook.
- If you're brining it for longer, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and then pull out about 30 minutes prior to cooking.
While the chicken is brining, make the Mango Avocado Salsa:
In a large bowl, add the diced mango, diced red onion, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and diced jalapeños if using. Stir to combine.
Add in the diced avocado and stir gently just until it is mixed throughout. Try to avoid mashing up the avocado.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
Apply a coat of bbq sauce to the chicken.
Grill the chicken for about 4 minutes on the first side. Flip and grill another 4 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the grill and serve with the mango avocado salsa and extra bbq sauce.
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BBQ Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa
- 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup bbq sauce plus more for serving
Mango Avocado Salsa
- 2 ripe mangos diced
- 2 ripe avocados diced
- ½ cup red onion finely diced
- ¼ cup cilantro roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 jalapeño finely diced, optional
- Combine the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Evenly distribute over chicken pieces.
- Allow the chicken to brine in the seasoning for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before grilling.
- 30 minutes before cooking pull the chicken from the fridge, coat in the bbq sauce, and keep on the counter.
- While the chicken is resting, make the Mango Avocado Salsa by stirring all of the ingredients except the avocado in a bowl. Then, gently mix in the avocado just until it is distributed throughout the salsa.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high for 10 minutes before cooking the chicken.
- On the hot grill, cook the chicken for 4 minutes, flip, and cook another 4 minutes or until it is cooked through.
- Serve with the Mango Avocado Salsa and extra bbq sauce.