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Mango Chicken Salad


Have you heard of it? No?

Come to this house and you will hear about it. Possibly every other sentence this week has started with “P90X…”

And now’s the part where I smirk and tell you that it’s not actually me that’s doing the P90X exercise program and you think I’m a little bit lazy. And I think so, too.

Hard core exercise is not for me.

I like to take it easy with the same mild running route for, oh, say, three years. Yeah, that’s my kind of working out.

Add to that the fact that I just found out that my standard running route is about a mile less than I had thought. That’s three years, count ‘em, three, of running a route thinking I’m going a mile further than I actually was.


So while Bjork has faithfully embarked on the P90X journey, I have faithfully committed to making meals that align (…mostly) with the P90X diet plan.

Starting with a filling Mango Chicken Salad with all the fresh, bright flavors of the tropics!

And yes I did eat three of the four servings. That’s all part of my individualized P90X diet plan, obvs.

Mango chicken salad in a glass dish with lemons and limes.
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Mango Chicken Salad


This mango chicken salad recipe is healthy, fresh, and bright. It's super tasty and super easy. You can taste the flavors of the tropics!


  • 1/2 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 tbs. each minced garlic and jalapeno and olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons light olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • optional add-ins: 2 tbs. minced red onion, 1 chopped roasted red pepper, 1 cup black beans, 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Saute garlic and jalapeno in oil over medium-high heat until soft, about 1 minute. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and chili powder. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through and brown on the outside, about 4 minutes per side. After chicken has cooled, dice or shred into small pieces.
  2. Toss chopped celery, peeled and chopped mango, and cooled chicken in a large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise and yogurt. Add lime juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in any additional add-ins (see suggestions above – I used all of them)! Store for up to a few days in the refrigerator. Add the fresh cilantro just before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mango chicken salad, chicken salad, healthy chicken salad

Wow - when was the last time I cooked chicken? I can’t even remember. But we’re entering into a new protein phase here, friends, so get ready to see a little more meat!

How do you get your protein?

And any thoughts or experiences with P90X?

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Paul, Jenny and I are so excited and thrilled by your blog. What a fun and exciting way to share your love for the kids over here! We are anxiously awaiting the day when you are able to come to visit Cebu. It will be exciting to see how the Lord will work in your lives when you come here. We love you guys!!! M, P and J

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Marlys! I am so excited to hear from you. 🙂 Bjork and I are excited about visiting and we look forward to being involved with such a great ministry! Keep up the good work in Cebu!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks absolutely amazing and I’m going to make it tonight. And I have done the entire P90X routine twice, the first time focusing on strength building and the second time on endurance and stamina. There’s a reason it’s so popular; if you stick with it, you’re going to get results!

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      Awesome – I’m going to have to post your words of wisdom for my husband so he’ll stick with it!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I can get on board w/ your p90x plan 😉 P90x and Insanity are words thrown around in every other sentence in our house, both my husband and I are doing it. Ding dang it’s TOUGH! I always say ‘I swear the TV even broke a sweat with that work out.’ Pretty salad!

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    That looks delish and inviting. I bet the combination gives a perfect twist in taste.

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    Yum! This looks amazing. I love mango and lime and I’m sure this would be delicious! Beautiful pictures, as always.

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    I have tried this many times and its been a big hit always. Question, your photo shows the salad on a pita bread? I am wondering whats the best way to serve this salad. Maybe tortilla chips? would appreciate your thoughts.