Welcome everybody to the May edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! If you are a first time visitor to the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, let me tell you about it. The challenge is to create a recipe with two truly unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together. I just love this adventure and it’s so fun to “think outside the cookbook” and come up with something amazing. Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. Want to know what May’s challenge is? You are going to just love it…… Mango & Chipotle Peppers. Sweet & spicy…. this is going to be awesome!
This month’s challenge was a challenge to get done as well. As a group, we vote on two lists of ingredients and the top of each list wins. This was selected on April 30th, however two major medical issues got in my way this month; hubby’s heart catheterization 10 days ago and a trip to the Pet ER this past weekend after my dog Benny swallowed some foxtails. Not fun. Not fun at all. So it was down to the wire and this was what I came up with. Oh, and Benny is fine. They got them out and he’s back to his bouncy furry self.
Fiesta Chipotle Mango Chicken
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||35 minutes|
|Total time||40 minutes|
- 1 Large mango (peeled and chopped)
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon orange preserves
- 1 teaspoon chopped green onion
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
- 2 Medium chicken thighs (skin left on)
- salt & pepper to taste
This one was pretty amazing. When you first bite into the chicken, the sweetness of the mango is what you first notice. Then the smokey flavor, then the heat. It’s not a “burn your face off” kind of heat, although if you added more chipotle peppers, you could achieve that. I used two peppers in my recipe and I think the heat level was perfect. Hubby would have preferred just one pepper, but he wasn’t home so he had no say this time. Ha ha!
To see past challenges and the creative recipes our chefs have come up with, click on over to my Crazy Ingredient Challenge Pinboard and look around. These ladies are amazing!!!
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