Grilled Chicken With Mango Habanero Glaze

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe was created for the Ready Set Cook #8 contest. It's best to make this delicious sweet and spicy glaze ahead of time, and keep it refrigerated until needed. It will make about 1/2 cup. Because it's very hot and spicy, it doesn't take much to glaze the chicken breast. If you have some left over, it can be used like pepper jelly for other uses too. (I doubled the glaze recipe to keep on hand in the fridge.) Habaneros are delicious but extremely spicy. If you want to tone down the heat, use less habanero, or use a milder pepper. Also, use extreme care when mincing the habanero. I use a paper towel wrapped around my fingers, to prevent my fingers from coming in contact with it. If you get it on your fingers, and touch your eye - YOWSA!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add the first five ingredients (sugar through cider vinegar) in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium and stir frequently, mashing the mango, until the ingredients are incorporated and begin to boil. Lower the heat to simmer, and let cook slowly for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Squeeze 1 tbsp juice from the orange and add with the rum to the sugar/mango mixture. Stir and simmer gently for 2 - 3 more minutes. Set aside and cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Salt chicken to taste. Grill chicken until nearly finished. Baste chicken with glaze and grill a few more minutes on each side, basting lightly with glaze with each turn until the chicken is done.
  3. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve. Reserve and refrigerate extra glaze for future use.
Most Helpful

This was OUTSTANDING! I took a page from a couple of other reviewers, and seasoned my chicken breasts with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic sea salt, and a sprinkling of jerk seasoning. They were then grilled. I took part of the mango sauce and put it through a fine sieve, and DH brushed the glaze over at the end of grilling. We topped with the remaining sauce before eating! I only used 1/2 habanero, which was nice heat to follow the sweet! We enjoyed this with a ginger beer. This was terrific, and I can't wait to make it for my friends! Thanks, PanNan, for sharing. Made for ZWT 5.

alligirl June 03, 2009

So, I realized as I was making this recipe that one of my roommates had eaten the mango that I bought for it. Since I was already committed to making it, I had to put an interesting spin on it that turned out absolutely delicious. Substitute an avocado and the juice of half a lime for the mango, and add the whole habanero. Don't add the orange juice. It ends up being a spicy, delicious guacamole-esque sauce. Serve it over cilantro-lime rice, and it becomes absolute perfection.

Nicholas J. February 11, 2016

I made this glaze but left out the rum. It's amazing. It tastes just like the one I get at Chili's put on my grilled chicken salad (as a dressing) only it's not as spicy as theirs. I like more spice but my husband can't take it so I toned it down just a tad. It still has a good kick to it though. It's wonderful. Try it .. You'll like it. January 18, 2014