Island Chicken with Avocado/Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

Nooooo I am not back..pretend this is a ghost writer. ( I should be back in 2-3 weeks)
I have been holding onto this recipe for a while now, but I only felt it was fair to share it with you while avocados and mangos were still in season so you could make it for yourself.
Everything about this meal is amazing and light. The avocado/mango salsa is out of this world. I used to just use it as a dip with chips. Honestly, it amazing right out of the bowl. Adding it over some citrus brined chicken breasts makes it even more heavenly. And let’s not even get started with the coconut rice I made! This dinner will leave you full and happy but not stuffed and bloated. It is the perfect summer meal.

ISLAND CHICKEN WITH COCONUT RICE
Recipe and photo by The Hungry Housewife-Leslie Green
Serves 4

AVOCADO/MANGO SALSA

2 Mangos, cubed
2 Haas Acocados, cubed
1/2 Red Onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp Honey
Juice of 1/2 Lime
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 1/2-2 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover and set in fridge while you prepare the rest of the meal.

BRINE AND CHICKEN
1 1/2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
3 cups Water
Zest of 2 Limes
Juice of 2 Limes
1/2 cup Kosher Salt
1/4 cup Honey
2 Tbsp Cumin
1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the chicken into the brine, cover and pop into the fridge for 20 minutes.
Preheat grill.
Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse under water. Pat dry.
Grill the chicken for about 10 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 170.

COCONUT RICE

1 cup White Rice
1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbsp Butter
2- 2 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 cup Toasted Coconut
Pinch of Salt and Pepper

In a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, combine water, coconut milk, rice, and butter. Bring to a boil, stir once. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove for heat and let stand covered for 5-10 minutes longer. Remove the lid and add the sugar, toasted coconut and salt and pepper

Comments

  1. 1
    Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen says:

    Oohh I am excited to try this citrus brine! A couple years ago I brined my Thanksgiving turkey, but this won't be quite as cumbersome! Thanks!

  2. 2
    ***Holly*** says:

    Yum! Looks fabulous! :)

  3. 3

    No matter what you say, you are back, since you posted this. I like it when my blog list says you posted "46 minutes ago" instead of "2 months ago." Too bad I don't like either avodaco or mango, or I'd have your sister make this. It looks good photographed.

  4. 4

    Dear Ghost Leslie,
    Please tell the real Leslie that this meal looks de-lish and thank you for sharing it so we can all see how good it is.
    Tell Leslie that I'm excited for her return. ;)

  5. 5
    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    It looks fantastic!

  6. 6

    Copy….paste….print…done!

    Going to the store tomorrow, and will add the ingredients to make this to my shopping list! You must have read my mind, Leslie…I needed a recipe for mango salsa! This is it! Plus the chicken and coconut rice recipes look so good, too. I'm glad you came back long enough to share these recipes with us. Can't wait to make & eat them!! Thank you! Thank you!

  7. 7

    that looks so good! what are you keeping us waiting for? come back, gorgeous!

  8. 8
    Leslie M. says:

    HI Ghost Writer Can you Tell my friend Leslie I said Hello and that I love her a lot!

    You're chicken looks great BTW and my Hubby would Love it.. hmmm looks like something Leslie would make.. ;)
    XOXOXO
    Leslie from Leslie Loves Veggies :) pssssssssssssst she will know who that is…

    I don't believe in ghosts
    http://www.leslielovesveggies.net/

  9. 9
    cookies and cups says:

    Sounds yummy!
    -This is a ghost commenter :)

  10. 10
    Siggy Spice says:

    Looks in-sanely delicious! Looking forward to your return :)

  11. 11

    Look forward to having you back!

  12. 12

    Oh wow! Looks fantastic!

  13. 13

    Sounds & looks wonderful. Godd to see ya if only for a moment! Hope all has been well in Tampa!
    ~ingrid

  14. 14

    gorgeous, i love it! hope you're having a great summer!

  15. 15

    i love when chicken is flavored up this way–beautiful dish!

  16. 16

    Looks divine!!! A great summer dish!

  17. 17

    YUM This chicken looks devine. Citrus and chicken are wonderful together. Is this a ghost chicken? LOL Good to see you posting.

  18. 18
    Healthy and Homemade says:

    YUMMO!!! Perfect for summer, love it!

  19. 19
    pigpigscorner says:

    I love the combo!

  20. 20

    This looks delicious and a perfect way to enjoy chicken! Love the tropical! I'm new here and so glad to find your blog with its great recipes! Great photos too!

  21. 21

    I am in love with that salsa!

  22. 22
    vanillasugar says:

    well lookie here, the diva, the legend, the hotness herself is here. and she has a fabulous recipe too.
    i love anything with coconut in it, on it, around it, you name it.
    looks good girl. how are you sweetie? sure do miss you…

  23. 23

    I am so glad you are back… sort of. This chicken dish looks AMAZING! Bookmarked.

  24. 24

    This looks like a great dish for my family! Thanks!

  25. 25

    Oh….my….HECK!!!!
    I made this entire meal last night, and it wins THE BEST meal I have made all summer!! It is so-o-o-o yummy! I wasn't sure how it would be accepted by my "raised on a farm, meat & potatoes" husband (he thinks the only thing worth eating is something that used to walk around on 4 legs)! Chicken isn't his favorite thing, but he really liked this! The chicken is moist and flavorful. The mango salsa is to die for, and the coconut rice is luscious! I've never used coconut milk before, and I was a little nervous…but oh my gosh this rice was good! My husband couldn't stop eating it. He put some tortilla chips on a plate, put the coconut rice on them, topped them with the mango salsa and ate them like nacho's…and that's after he finished the meal!! I will be making this again when all my married kids come over. Thanks, Leslie, for taking the time to give us these recipes! They are winners, and so are you!!!

  26. 26

    ***Cindi***
    Thank you so very much for taking your time out of your busy day to tell me how much you enjoyed my recipe!!! I am very glad your meat and potato husband loved it!

  27. 27
    Elizabeth says:

    That looks so good!!!!

  28. 28

    Yay, you're back.
    And with mangos, ahh, you know I love that.
    Yum
    Missed you Leslie!

  29. 29
    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer says:

    This looks amazing! I love coconut rice and looks very good with the avocado…and look forward to your return also!

  30. 30

    Please come back soon….I personally miss you & especially your funny videos from last year (the makeup one was too funny)!!

  31. 31

    I'm so glad you're coming back…this recipe will hold me for a little while though. I have missed your super sense of humor!

  32. 32
    WizzyTheStick says:

    Lovely, looks like a vacation on a plate!

  33. 33

    I went against my usual protocol and made this for two families we invited over for Labor Day without trying it first! It was such a hit that people literally did not talk as their mouths were busy gobbling up the food. It was so delicious and I can't wait until you're back. Thanks for sharing it with us while we could get all the stuff. We had the entire meal and it was delish!

  34. 34

    Leslie, I had to come back and tell you I made this for my gfriends for a girls night in and it was so wonderful!!!! Thank you.

  35. 35

    I am new to your blog but I am in love with that avocado/mango salsa!!! I must try it soon. Yummy!

  36. 36

    My Allan makes a mean mango salsa. When the mango are cheap, it's a must in this house. You know, I love coconut rice, but I've never made it. It sounds ridiculously easy, too. I'll give it go.

  37. 37

    I’m new to your blog and just tried this tonight. Oh my….SOOOOOO good!!!!!!! My husband generally likes beef over chicken, but he told me tonight that this is his new favorite meal!!!! :) LOVE IT!!!! We’ll definitely be making this again!

  38. 38

    I made this tonight for my husband’s birthday dinner. Delicious! Thank you!