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Two bowls of shredded chicken mango salad with tomatoes, orange bell peppers, avocado and diced cucumbers.

Chicken Mango Salad

5 from 3 votes
Chicken mango salad is loaded with a mix of colorful vegetables, herbs, and avocado tossed in a tangy vinegar dressing. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and can easily be made vegan.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
Total Time:27 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Lindsey Jenkins

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 - 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth or water

Salad

  • 8 cups romaine, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 mango, pitted, peeled & diced
  • 1 cup English or Persian cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes, any variety
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • handful fresh cilantro or basil, optional

Dressing

Instructions

  • Generously season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes on one side.
  • Flip the chicken over, add your liquid of choice and cover with a lid. Let it cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.
  • While the chicken finishes cooking, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add the cooked chicken breasts to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a bowl with a hand mixer or alternatively two forks).
  • Turn the mixer on medium speed until the chicken is fully shredded.
  • Assemble the salad by adding two cups of chopped romaine to each bowl followed by the rest of the salad ingredients. Add the dressing just before serving.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS:
No boneless skinless chicken breasts? - you can also use chicken thighs, you may just need to cook them longer.
No broth? - you can use water instead.
No romaine? - use any mixed greens in their place.
No orange bell pepper? - use a red or yellow bell pepper instead.
No champagne vinegar? - use white wine or apple cider vinegar.
No raw honey? - sub maple syrup.
Make it vegan - add beans or tofu for the protein.
Add-ins - chopped red cabbage, thinly sliced red onion, chopped nuts, dukkah, etc.