Thai Mango Chicken – 30 Minutes or Less

Sep 16, 2019 | Recipes

Today is Monday and that means it is 30 minutes or less day here at HTNBS. Due to hurricanes and holiday’s it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a 30 minutes or less. But it’s back and I’ve picked a great dish to come back on. Today we will be making Thai Mango Chicken with Cauliflower Rice.

What is Thai Mango Chicken?

Thai Mango Chicken is a combination of tender pieces of chicken stir-fried with dried mango and vegetables. The stir-fry is then sauced with Thai Red Curry and coconut milk. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, here is how to make it for yourself in under 30 minutes.

Let’s get to it…

Thai Mango Chicken In 30 Minutes Or Less

6:50 pm – Cauliflower Rice

What is cauliflower rice?

Cauliflower rice is grated and steamed cauliflower. It’s called “rice” due to the fact that when it is cooked, it looks like rice. This makes a great low-carb side dish which can be used, as we’re doing here, to substitute for rice.

Making cauliflower rice.

I started cooking dinner at 6:50 last night. The first thing that had to get going was the cauliflower. So, I cut the leaves and stem off the cauliflower so all that was left was the florets. Then I grated the whole head on the largest holes of a cheese grater. With all the cauliflower grated it was time to get it cooking.

I heated a stainless steel pan over medium-high heat then added about 2 tsp of olive oil. I sautéed the cauliflower for about 4 minutes. There are two important things here. Do not add salt and pepper yet. Salt will pull moisture out of the cauliflower which will mess up how the cauliflower is cooked. Secondly, sauté the cauliflower until it all starts to look wet. That seems like an odd description I know but you will understand once you see it.

Once the cauliflower appears to look wet take it off the heat, now season it with salt and pepper, put a lid on the pan, and let it sit untouched for at least 10 minutes. We aren’t going to see it again until the very end of the post.

That’s it. That is all it takes to make cauliflower rice. Some recipes will have you grating and salting the rice and squeezing water out of it and all this crazy stuff, but that is all just extra work. This method works perfectly.

6:57 pm – Start Prepping Vegetables

Okay, with the cauliflower out of the way which took about 7 minutes total it was time to get going on the Thai Mango Chicken. The first step in that process is to start prepping some vegetables.

First up is an onion. Cut off the ends, cut the onion in half, peel it, and slice it thinly. Then thinly slice 1 celery stalk. Next up cut the sides off of a red bell pepper, discard the seeds and stem, then thinly slice the pepper. Trim the ends off of about 10 green beans and cut them into thirds. Finally, take 2 strips of dried mango and slice them nice and thin.

That is it for vegetable prep. So, set this all aside and we will move on.

7:03 pm – Chicken

It took about 6 minutes in total to cut up all the vegetables, and with those out of the way it was now chicken time. I used six boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch cubes. They don’t have to be perfect.

Other Ingredients

With the chicken diced it was time to turn on a wok or large heavy bottomed skillet to medium-high to high heat depending on what you’re comfortable with.

The other ingredients we are using here are Thai Red Curry Paste, Coconut Milk, and a bit of brown sugar.

Some of you might be wondering why I am using store bought red curry paste. Or, you aren’t and it is my own insecurity that is insisting I comment on it. Either way… The reason I am using prepared red curry paste is because to make it from scratch requires a bunch of specialized ingredients which can get expensive, and it would take longer than 30 minutes. That’s all.

I also wanted to say that there are many other brands of Thai Red Curry Paste out there. I use this one for three main reasons. It is gluten-free. It doesn’t have shellfish in it, most have dried shrimp or shrimp paste, and it is what my local grocery store carries. Oh, and a fourth reason, it tastes good.

7:07 pm Stir-fry

Okay, it took a few minutes for the wok to heat up but it’s ready and it’s time to get cooking.

I added about 1 tbsp of oil to the wok. I used canola, you can use grapeseed or peanut, really anything with a high smoke point. I added the chicken in and left it alone for a minute or two before giving it a stir. Once the chicken was browned I add in the vegetables.

7:10 pm Onions & Celery

First up for vegetables are the onions and celery. Stir-fry all this together for about 2 minutes.

7:12 pm Vegetables

Once the onions have softened a little the peppers, green beans and mango can go into the pan. Stir-fry this all together for another 2 minutes.

7:14 – Curry Paste

Next up we have 2 big tbsp of the Thai Red Curry Paste, and 2 tsp of brown sugar. Stir-fry this for 2 minutes.

7:16 pm – Coconut Milk

Finally, at 7:16 the coconut milk goes in along with a pinch of salt. The grocery stores I go to have small 160 ml cans of coconut milk which are awesome. If you can only find large cans just use half.

Anyway, pour the coconut milk into the wok, stir it in, turn the heat down to medium and simmer it for 2 minutes.

7:18 pm – Fluff Cauliflower

While the coconut milk is simmering, remove the lid from the cauliflower, give it a little fluff with a fork, and season it with a bit more salt and pepper.

That’s it, now it’s time to plate.

7:19 – Thai Mango Chicken Done!

Plate a little cauliflower off center of the plate, add some of the Thai Mango Chicken, and garnish with fresh cilantro. Just like that, with 1 minute to spare, we have Thai Mango Chicken with Cauliflower Rice in 30 Minutes or Less!

Thai Mango Chicken

A quick Thai Mango Chicken using Red Curry Paste and dried mango.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: 30 minute meals, 30 Minutes or less, Chicken, Red Curry, Thai Food
Servings: 4


  • 6 ea Diced Chicken Thighs
  • 160 ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 ea Celery Stalk, Sliced
  • 1 ea Baseball Sized Onion, Sliced
  • 10 ea Green Beans, Cut Into Thirds
  • 1 ea Med. Red Bell Pepper, Sliced
  • 2 strips Dried Mango, Sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1-2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Cilantro to Garnish
  • 1 tbsp Canola oil


  • Heat wok on high heat.
  • Add oil and chicken.
  • Cook until the chicken is browned on all sides.
  • Add the onion and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the peppers, mango, and green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the curry paste and brown sugar. cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, turn the heat down to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Finish with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Serve with coconut rice or regular rice. Garnish with cilantro
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