Blackened Chicken with Savory Mango Rice
- For the Chicken
- 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
- 1/2 tablespoon chile ancho powder
- 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper no salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- For the Mango Rice
- 2 mangoes large, peeled and diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 limes juiced
- 1 habanero pepper stem and seeds removed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup rice long-grain
- 1/2 cup white onion diced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground
- 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
- Chile limon powder optional
My inspiration for this dish was the beautiful ripe mangoes that are in season right now. I enjoy them pretty much on a weekly basis, even when they are not in season. During the week, when I am not grilling outdoors, I make use of both my stovetop and oven at the same time to shorten the total cooking time. I will often brown my chicken or pork chops in this manner and let them finish cooking in the oven while I prepare the side dish.
In the past I've added fresh mango to some of my rice dishes, but I've never blended them into the broth. I use this same method of blending when preparing my cilantro chile rice with poblano pepper, cilantro and serranos chiles. Growing up, my mom never really prepare sweet and savory dishes like this. But, I do remember her adding sliced bananas to the red rice she would prepare when we were very young children. I love to fry up some plantain chips to serve on the side of this dish. It's my grown-up version of that same rice my mom would lovingly prepare for us.
If you want to add the crispy plantain chips, score the green plantain and peel using a small knife. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin slicer, slice the plantain. Fry in canola oil heated to 350º F. Drain onto paper towels and season with salt while still warm.
If you prefer to steam the rice, prepare your broth and mango mixture as directed in the blender. Bring to a boil, add rice, vegetables and spices. Cover and cook on low until liquid evaporates. Fluff with fork before serving.