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Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

When I have some leftover veggies, I dress the salsa up a little with some diced green onions and bell peppers. If you like a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper to the skillet. —Aysha Shurman, Ammon, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-2/3 cups hot cooked brown rice


  • Drain oranges, reserving 1/4 cup juice. For salsa, in a large bowl, combine oranges, pecans, onion and cilantro.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Top with salsa; serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup chicken mixture with 2/3 cup cooked rice: 453 calories, 18g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • ttaroemom
    Mar 28, 2020

    My family and I were quite disappointed. It was very bland. I didn't add cayenne pepper because my daughter doesn't like spicy food, so preparing this dish as written was not good. It was an easy recipe, and it sounded like it would be a winner, but it was not.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Nov 26, 2019

    Delicious and very quick and easy since I used a partial bag of grilled chicken bites that I purchase at Aldi's and keep in my freezer for recipes just like this. Only change I would make is to cook the onion with the chicken rather than have it as part of the salsa. But, that is personal preference because I don't care for raw onion. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  • Sharyn
    May 6, 2019

    Our absolute favorite meal! My 9 YO daughter asks for this all the time. Very light, very flavorful, and the chicken is so tender - ok, I'm making myself hungry - excuse me while I go make this right now! (this is one of the few dishes I ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand for.)

  • justmbeth
    Apr 20, 2015

    A nice and light meal. I left out the pecans. I will definitely make again when something quick is needed. V

  • kjones76
    Dec 14, 2014

    This is a great recipe. Has lots of color and flavor. I added fresh mango to the salsa because I had it to use. Leftovers were great too. Will definitely make this again.

  • Beema
    Sep 18, 2014

    Amazingly quick to fix, and so delicious, this will become one of those "go to" recipes when you forgot to plan what's for dinner. I used frozen chicken strips. As a volunteer field editor, I give this recipe a 5 star rating.