Black Pepper and Vanilla Spiced Chicken Breasts With Mango and Cashews

Black Pepper and Vanilla Spiced Chicken Breasts With Mango and Cashews

Posted by Ana Franco on


For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the mango and cashew topping:

  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Marinate the chicken:

    • In a bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and vanilla extract.
    • Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or a zip-top bag, and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for more flavor.
  2. Prepare the mango and cashew topping:

    • In a separate bowl, combine diced mango, chopped cashews, lime juice, honey, and chopped cilantro, if using. Mix well. Add salt to taste. Set aside.
  3. Cook the chicken:

    • Preheat your grill or a skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, shaking off any excess.
    • Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). If using a skillet, cook for the same amount of time, flipping halfway through.
    • Once cooked, transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and let them rest for a few minutes.
  4. Serve:

    • Place the cooked chicken breasts on serving plates.
    • Spoon the mango and cashew topping over the chicken breasts.
    • Garnish with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.
    • Serve the black pepper and vanilla spiced chicken breasts with mango and cashews alongside your favorite side dishes, such as rice, quinoa, or a mixed green salad.

Enjoy this flavorful and unique chicken dish with the sweet and tangy mango-cashew topping!

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