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Pear and Mango Chicken Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2014

Quick Entree

If you have had a busy day the last thing you want to do around meal time is stand around peeling and chopping. Meal prep usually takes up most of our time. This quick and easy no fuss chicken recipe will definitely save you some time without sacrificing flavour, allowing you to move on to the next task at hand. And it's easy enough for almost any member of the family to prepare.

Baked Mango and Chicken
Baked Mango and Chicken

Convenience and Taste

One of things that make me like a particular recipe over another is convenience. Part of the convenience is having certain products on hand. Most people have soy sauce, ketchup and vinegar somewhere in their kitchen, but many will not have the secret ingredient to this recipe.

No, it's not fresh mangos. In fact, it's baby food, strained pears and mango to be precise. Because this recipe is so tasty and because it is so easy to make (less than 10 minutes prep time), I try to keep a few jars in the pantry for whenever I'm ready.

Baby food is not just for baby. It is a rich source of vitamins, has very few additives and, in this case, can reduce prep time.


* 4 - 6 chicken breasts

* 1 jar (128ml) of strained pears and mangos baby food

* 1/3 cup vinegar

* 1/3 cup ketchup

* 2 tbsp soy sauce

* 3 tbsp brown sugar

* 1 clove garlic

* 1/2 tsp ground ginger


Slip the chicken into a deep dish pan. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl or large mixing cup then pour it over the chicken. I like to move the chicken around in the sauce a bit to make sure it is coated on both sides but that is pretty much it.

The chicken and sauce is then cooked in a 350 degree F oven for approximately 40 minutes depending on the size of the breasts; a little longer for thicker breasts. I cover the dish to keep the sauce from evaporating too quickly.

Speaking of sauce, this pear and mango sauce is excellent over rice which is my recommended side of choice. I like to include a side of peas or other green vegetable to compliment the rich color of the sauce.

One of the great things about this recipe is it can be easily prepared the night before and left in fridge with instructions to put in oven. It freezes well and reheats easily for a future dinner or individually packed for lunches. Another alternative to using whole breasts is to chop them up into bite size pieces which will create more servings.

Don't forget to add the baby food to your grocery list!

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