Chicken-Mango Tacos

Cover recipe- Food Network Magazine, Chicken-Mango Tacos: May 2012

Cover recipe- Food Network Magazine, Chicken-Mango Tacos: May 2012

I have a confession. When it comes to magazines, I’m a bit of a hoarder – especially food magazines. Very often, I find myself drooling over each recipe, creating a to-do list that gets longer with each page that I turn. Just as often, this list tends to get lost among the copious piles of kindergarten artwork and junk mail that line my kitchen island.

While attempting to manage some sort of organization the other day, I came across this  Food Network Magazine that I’d kept lying around for over a year. The cover shot of delicious looking tacos filled perfectly with an assortment of fillings drew me in right away.

This issue has a handy pullout with 50 different variations to choose from. There were so many wonderful flavor combinations, but I decided to go with the Chicken-Mango Tacos. I love pairing sweet, juicy fruit with grilled meat, and these tacos used a Mango salsa that sounded so flavorful with red onion, jalapeno and fresh squeezed lime juice. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Chicken Mango Tacos

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Chicken Mango Tacos

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8-10 min

Total Time: 25 min


1 mango, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoons minced scallion
1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
salt, to taste
1 pound chicken cutlets
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
flour or corn tortillas


1. Prepare your salsa: Peel and dice one mango.

2. Mince your red onion, scallion, and jalapeno.

3. Toss together the mango, onion, scallion, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt to your own tastes. Set aside.

4. Season chicken cutlets with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste.

5. Grill until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.

6. Slice chicken and serve in tortillas with the mango salsa.


I added some diced avocado to my salsa, for a little extra color and flavor. Adding some roasted corn would also be a great addition.

Source: Food Network Magazine: May 2012

The results:

These were tasty tacos! The recipe was very easy and did not take much time at all to put together. The sweetness of the mango paired really well with the bite from the red onion and jalapeno. After adding fresh squeezed lime juice over everything it came together perfectly. I even added a bit of fresh avocado for some extra color, besides, you can’t have tacos without avocado, right?

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

I believe so. It’s a delicious recipe to have on hand for the summer grilling season, and is so quick and easy to put together you’ll be making these again and again. I’m already thinking of the different variations I can make and will be experimenting soon!

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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11 Responses to “Perfect Gingerbread Men”

  1. 1

    Caroline — December 10, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Nothing says christmas like gingerbread men! The Food Network magazine has some great recipes and, like you, I am a fan of their visual index

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    Elle — December 11, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Oh, great job–it looks so sweet! Also love to hear that the dough is easy to work with–that’s good to know. I may just check out the mag, too. I’ve kind of avoided because I thought the same thing you did.

  3. 3

    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 11, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    fun recipe! She’s so cute :)

  4. 4

    Kelly — December 11, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    Love it! And perfect timing, too. I discovered some fun Christmas cookie cutters I’d completely forgotten about and want to make gingerbread cookies with them. Now I know what recipe to use!

  5. 5

    bridget {bake at 350} — December 11, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    I was just staring at the cover of this magazine a few days ago! That gingerbread girl is so, so CUTE!!!

  6. 6

    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 11, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Oh these are truly adorable!! Lovee the flower :)

  7. 7

    LilSis — December 11, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    I subscribe to this magazine also and I always find great recipes in it! I loved this cover and it made me want to make my own gingerbread men, (and women), but I haven’t yet tackled the challenge. I’ve never made gingerbread before so I’m a bit intimidated!

    Yours turned out as cute as the one on the cover!! :-)

  8. 8

    Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 11, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

    You did a fabulous job recreating them!!

  9. 9

    Tracey — December 11, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    Your gingerbread woman is adorable! I’ve been eying this recipe since I saw the cover and am finally making it this weekend so I’m glad to hear it turned out well.

  10. 10

    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — December 11, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    I just purchased this magazine, I couldn’t resist that cute cover. Your gingerbread woman looks perfect. So cute.

  11. 11

    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — December 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    Good to know about The Food Network magazine. Like you, I’ve also been skeptical about its contents…but admittedly, haven’t really ever given it a try. I enjoy watching many of the network’s personalities and shows, but didn’t want cookware and products splashed all over my magazine pages’ content (which wouldn’t be any different from any of the other food mags).

    I luv what you’ve done here on this site of Culinary Covers. What a great idea!

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