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22 July 2019

With this juicy bbq chicken recipe, we marinate the chicken to infuse it with flavor, then grill it and slather it in a homemade spicy mango-habanero bbq sauce. Perfection.

Fire up the grill, my spicy food loving friends. I have the perfect grilled chicken for you. The recipe includes a super flavorful marinade, easy instructions for grilling up your chicken, and a recipe for a zesty, spicy mango-habanero bbq sauce that brings the perfect combination of sweet and heat.

I love this recipe! Talk about flavor.

BOOM!

Not much else to say other than — let’s get cooking!

The Marinade

I’m using my Spicy BBQ Chicken Marinade to make the chicken as awesome as it can be. You can use any cut of chicken you’d like, but for now, we’re using chicken breast here. Chicken breast can turn out a bit dry on the grill,  but not with this marinade.

We’re using a lot of flavor-building ingredients. I’ve included the ingredients and steps in the recipe below.

Spicy BBQ Chicken Marinade - Mixed and Ready for the Chicken

How Long Should I Marinate My Chicken?

It is best to marinate your chicken for grilling or barbecuing for at least 8 hours to get the most flavor infusion. I like to marinate it overnight, or get it going in the morning so the chicken will be ready when I am ready for cooking in the evening. If you’re in a hurry, you can marinate for one hour, but you won’t get as much flavor penetration or marinade benefits.

Let’s talk about how we make this recipe, shall we?

How to Make Mike’s Mango-Habanero BBQ Chicken Recipe

First, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. The ingredients include the following:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup malt vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons habanero hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Next, add the chicken breasts and cover with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight. If you’re in a hurry, marinade for 1 hour minimum, though you won’t get as much flavor penetration.

Chicken marinating in a bowl

While the chicken is marinating, make the bbq sauce.

How to Make the Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce

Gather up the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 habanero peppers diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped mango (I used 2 cups for this recipe, but you can use more as desired)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Making the BBQ Sauce:

  • First, heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20-30 minutes.
  • Process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a ½ cup of water or more and continue to process to your preferred consistency. Serve the sauce right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.

Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce coating a spoon

Looks great, doesn’t it? Check out my Mango-Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe for more tips and instructions on how you can play with the recipe.

How to Make BBQ Chicken on the Grill

Grilling up chicken breast on the grill is simple. First, heat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side to get a nice sear.

BBQ Chicken on the grill, nicely charred

Baste on a few spoonfuls of the barbecue sauce and continue to grill until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.

Saucing up the Mango Habanero BBQ Chicken

I like to use my Thermapen meat thermometer from ThermoWorks (I’m an affiliate). Works great! Almost there!

Checking the temperature of the chicken with my Thermapen - 165 degrees F internal.

Remove your chicken from the heat and let it rest a couple minutes.

Serve it up with a bit of extra bbq sauce.

BOOM! Done! Easy enough, right? Hey, while you’re at it, toss a few jalapeno peppers and some extra habanero peppers onto the grill while you’re at it. Bring on the heat!

Grilling jalapeno peppers

Charring habanero peppers on the grill

Alternate Cooking Methods

If you’re unable to grill, you can cook up chicken breast the same way in a hot pan on the stove top. Sear the marinated chicken in an oil pan over medium-high heat, 5 minutes per side. Then, cover and reduce the heat and cook until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10-15 minutes or so.

Or, instead of covering, add the pan to the oven and bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees F, until you reach the same internal temperature.

Baste with more mango-habanero bbq sauce and serve them up!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you! I’d love to hear it.

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Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.5 from 2 votes
Mango Habanero BBQ Chicken Recipe
Mango-Habanero BBQ Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
50 mins
 
With this juicy bbq chicken recipe, we marinate the chicken to infuse it with flavor, then grill it and slather it in a homemade spicy mango-habanero bbq sauce. Perfection.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, bbq, chicken, grilled chicken, recipe
Servings: 4 chicken breasts
Calories: 682 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
FOR THE MARINADE
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup malt vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons habanero hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
FOR THE MANGO-HABANERO BBQ SAUCE
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 habanero peppers diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped mango I used 2 cups for this recipe, but you can use more as desired
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR GRILLING
  • 4 8- ounce chicken breasts
Instructions
FOR THE MARINADE
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts and cover with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight. If you’re in a hurry, marinade for 1 hour minimum, though you won’t get as much flavor penetration.
FOR THE MANGO-HABANERO BBQ SAUCE
  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add olive oil with onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until everything softens.
  2. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a ½ cup of water or more and continue to process to your preferred consistency. Serve the sauce right away, or let it sit awhile to allow the flavors to more fully develop.
FOR THE CHICKEN
  1. Heat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side to get a nice sear.
  3. Baste on a few spoonsful of the barbecue sauce and continue to grill until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest a couple minutes.
  5. Serve with extra bbq sauce.

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium-Hot. You'll get some good heat with the barbecue sauce, but the habanero heat is somewhat tempered by the mango. Include more habanero peppers to up the heat factor.

Nutrition Facts
Mango-Habanero BBQ Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 682 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1399mg58%
Potassium 1417mg40%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 4570IU91%
Vitamin C 64.6mg78%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 6.2mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 comments

  1. 4 stars
    I was reading through the comments on the Arabiatta/ competition page to see if you had a winner and saw someone mentioned this post…. How Have I not seen this yet!!.
    I’m going to Braai (BBQ) me some breasts this weekend and have over a nice fresh salad… Cant wait for the weekend !! Yummy Thanks

    Halima from over the sea

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      5 stars
      Thanks, Halima! Yep, the winners have been chosen. I appreciate the comments!

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