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Air Fried Mango BBQ Chicken Recipe

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Air Fried Mango BBQ Chicken Recipe


8 Servings
Serving Size:175g
* Optional Substitution Note
Mango BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup fresh mango
    • Tip: thaw frozen mango and process in a blender
  • 1 tablespoon low sugar ketchup
    • tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot MIXED with 2 tablespoons of water
    • corn starch
  • 2.5 lbs chicken thighs
    • fat trimmed or removed
  • spray avocado oil
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda *
  • green onion
  • fresno pepper or jalapeño


Step 1

Place all the ingredients for the mango BBQ sauce in a blender and process until smooth.  If it is too thick, simply add a tablespoon of water until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 2

Set a saucepan on medium heat and add the sauce.  Bring to a very light simmer, then add the arrowroot slushy mix.   Stir immediately to prevent clumping and remove from the heat.  Continue stirring to thicken the sauce.

Note: if it is too thick add a tablespoon of water.  If it is too thin, add 1/2 tablespoon of arrowroot mixed with 1 tablespoon of water and add to the sauce – make sure the sauce is still hot to activate the arrowroot. 

Set aside to cool and thicken.

Step 3

Add chicken thighs to a bowl and lightly spray with oil, add the seasonings, and rub all over the chicken.  Let it marinate at room temperature for 10 – 15 minutes (or overnight) for best results.

Step 4

Set air-fryer to 410F.

If you do not have an air-fryer, you can use an oven.  Set temp to 420F.

Step 5

Place chicken in an air-fryer basket, top side down, and lightly spray with avocado oil (or another high smoke point oil).  Air-fry for 8 – 10 minutes depending on the size of the basket and how many thighs can fit.

Step 6

Baste the bottom side with a little BBQ mango sauce, then flip the chicken thighs over and baste with the sauce.  Place back in the air-fryer for 6 – 8 minutes (depending on the size and quantity of chicken thighs).

Remove and set aside to cool.

Repeat with any remaining chicken.

Step 7

Enjoy as an entree to your meal prep or weeknight dinner!

Mango BBQ Chicken Recipe

The chicken will last 4 – 6 days in the fridge in an air-tight container.  Reserve in a separate airtight container any remaining sauce to use for another recipe.

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Prep 15min
Cook 20min
Total 35min
# of servings8
Serving Size:175g

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!