Mango Sauce Roasted Chicken Legs

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There is great news, friends – the number of spam messages on my blog has drastically increased recently, and I assume that means my blog is gradually growing. Haha. Sure, I’m kidding, but that’s a part of this exciting process, right? I remember the second week of running the Havoc when one night I saw 5 people being on the blog at the same time! I was so pumped! That’s okay that one of them was the admin – me – and 3 bots. The bots should be counted too:)

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Enough the good news. Now some bad. I’m again with a mango recipe!

I’ve been receiving some complaints about having posted too much lavender and mango stuff on here. I’ve got a few suggestions to rename the blog to something like Mango-Lavender Havoc :)

Yup, I’ve got the lavender and mango time, and I’m not embarrassed about that.

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Basically, all the summer is going to be this way:







Mango-Lavender (oh, that was a spoiler!)

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I’m just kind of hoping you’re not allergic to either mango or coconut, are you?

This time I incorporated mango in the chicken recipe. I would say I was inspired by Cheyanne’s recipes. I’ve always respected folks able to handle all kinds of meat and take beautiful photographs which could easily be on magazines’ covers.

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Specifically, I was inspired by the recipe for chicken served with the mango compote. Twice. There’s the connection, you might wonder? Well, inspiration could work in different ways, and they are not necessary the direct ways. Anyways, thanks to Chey I made this Rhubarb Pork about existing the recipe for which I had forgotten, and this is one of the ways. The second way is a transformation. I was going to make some kind of a peach sauce based on the compote idea. But the problem was we didn’t have any ripe peaches that time while the mangos were so succulent and mellow. Sorry, I’m not responsible for not having any decent peaches, am I?

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The chicken turned out just the perfection – juicy, delicate, slightly sweet, and with a subtle hot kick. You may think it looks a bit fatty, but that’s deceiving. However, you can always take the skin off if you concern about some excessive fats. My man just doesn’t allow doing that.

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So, go, Mango!

Go, Mango Chicken!

Now I’m thinking about how to incorporate lavender (haha – surprise!) in chicken. Any suggestions?

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Mango Sauce Roasted Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Category: Chicken, Meat & Poultry

Servings: 2-3

Delicious and succulent chicken legs roasted in spicy mango sauce don't have the predominant mango flavor, but the lovely sweet aftertaste complemented to some hot twists.


  • 2-3 chicken legs
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger (with the juice)
  • 1 red hot pepper, seeded (you can leave the seeds if you'd love a hotter version)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper


  1. To make the sauce put all the ingredients except the chicken in the blender and puree. You can adjust the taste by adding more seasoning or hot pepper (flakes could be used)
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (convect) - 400 degrees F.
  3. Rub the chicken with some salt and pepper and place to a baking dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the dish with foil and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn the legs once pouring them with the sauce.
  4. Take the foil off and cook the chicken for the next 10-15 minutes depending on their size. Don't forget pouring the sauce over the chicken!
  5. Basically, 25-30 minutes should be enough to get them almost ready - check with a wooden stick.
  6. Once the chicken is almost ready, increase the heat up to 250 degrees C (broiling/ grilling option) and broil the legs for a couple of minutes, turning, to get a crispy and lovely skin.
  7. Serve the chicken legs (with some sauce on them) with a side of you choice. For instance, they are perfectly paired with some jasmine rice, simple mango salad (arugula, mango and lime juice) and sprinkled with additional sliced hot peppers and cilantro.And sure, some edible flowers won't hurt:)
  8. Enjoy!


18 thoughts on “Mango Sauce Roasted Chicken Legs

  1. Congrats on the Spam, man! WayToGO! (<— insert golf clap round of applause here). I DEFINATELY still get excited when I see multiple people on my site. Sometimes I feel like I must be just blogging to myself, because who would want to read the hoot-e-nany I ramble about??! So I love when I see people on there, makes me so apprechiative there are crazy people out there. Because you have GOT to be crazy to like me!? Right? :)
    Anyways, on to this "Go Go Mango Chicken". It looks absolutely wonderful, Ben! And I am SOOO proud of you for preparing a meat (well chicken, same same) dish!! AND not only did you post something carnivorous, you knocked it out of the dang ball park! This is definately calling my name! I'm glad I can be on some inspiration to you, because I definately find you inspiring! :) mutual beneficial friendships are always a wonderful thing! Great post. Oh, and who ARE these people complaining about mango and lavendar? You can NEVER have too much of either! Cheers, buddy! (and thanks for the shout out!)
    cheyholzworth recently posted…Father’s Day RoundUpMy Profile

  2. Hahha – I love it! I remember the first time I saw someone from Italy on my blog – I was way too excited! Okay – so, loving the mango! I can imagine how tasty and juicy this dish is. My mouth is watering at the thought of it! And your pictures? Stunning! So…Go, Mango Chicken!!

  3. Hello Ben! I love this idea of making your mango sauce for chicken, it sounds delicious and I can totally get your inspiration from Cheyanne’s recipe. I think you achieve the perfect balance between sweet, savory, spicy and acidity…Well done! :-) I bet this sauce will be a killer on wings or pork chops too!
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  4. I know exactly that feeling, a couple of months ago, soon after we started the blog we got over one night something like 10 comments. I don’t even have to describe the level of excitement, Hoang and I had almost called our employer to resign ;)
    We later found they were all but one spams…The real one, was a supportive message my mum had sent.
    We still have quite a lot, looking at the map on Google analytics we are pretty strong in Abuja and Brazzaville. It seems as if in Nigeria and Congo we are pretty successful.
    Mango sauce roasted chicken…Really?? Ben, add a seat at your dinner table, I am writing from the airport…Boarding now, see you soon…Canada I am coming!!!
    Emanuele @ guyslovecooking recently posted…Pasta with asparagus and ricotta sauceMy Profile

  5. Not gonna lie, Ben. This sounds incredibly flavorful! You’ve once again found a creative and delicious way to use lavender…I approve! And I totally approve of the spam comments. That means you are carving out your niche here in the blogosphere. I hate to even think about looking in my spam folder. Who was time to write these spam bots? And do they actually think they will work?? Oh well, for now, I’ll just stuff my face with this mango sauce and not think about bots. Well done!
    David @ Spiced recently posted…Sriracha Almond Chicken SaladMy Profile

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