Mango-Ginger BBQ Chicken


Here, we blend classic barbecue sauce ingredients--ketchup and vinegar--with mango, ginger, Chinese five-spice and turmeric, for a sweet and fragrant glaze for grilled BBQ chicken.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 medium mango, peeled and chopped

  • cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari or low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (see Tip)

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Thinly sliced scallions for garnish


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Combine mango, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, tamari (or soy sauce), ginger, five-spice and turmeric in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce for serving.

  3. Toss chicken with another 1/2 cup sauce in a large bowl. Bring the remaining sauce to the grill for basting.

  4. Oil the grill rack. Turn one burner to low. Place the chicken on the hot side of the grill and cook, flipping occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the low-heat side and continue to cook, flipping occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone registers 160 degrees F, 15 to 20 minutes more.

  5. Return the chicken to the hot side of the grill. Brush generously with the basting sauce and cook, turning occasionally and brushing with more sauce, until slightly charred and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 5 minutes.

  6. Drizzle the chicken with honey and sprinkle with salt. Serve with the reserved sauce and garnished with scallions, if desired.


Tip: Most often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns, warming Chinese five-spice powder pairs well with sweet or savory dishes--or in this case, both a sweet and savory sauce for chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Added Sugars 10g 20%
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Vitamin A 707IU 14%
Vitamin C 21mg 23%
Folate 30mcg 7%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 32mg 8%
Potassium 425mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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