With Cinco de Mayo coming up I wanted to put together some festive recipes for a fun weeknight dinner or a party with friends. Since it falls on a Thursday this year, my family will be eating leftovers after little man’s soccer practice. I know, not very exciting huh. Like most Americans, I assumed Cinco de Mayo was Mexican Independence day, but it’s actually to celebrate the victory in the Battle of Puebla. I’ll spare you the history lesson, and instead move on to the import stuff, delicious Mexican food! I think we can all agree that Mexican food and drinks is the way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Gilled Adobo Chicken with a Mango Avocado Salsa definitely felt festive and satisfied our spice cravings. While making the salsa, I was in the process of cutting up a second jalapeno, but decided to take a taste first. Good thing I did, because that was one spicy jalapeno!
For the chicken, I used chicken thighs but you can also use chicken breast. Lately, we’ve been using more thighs since they come out so juicy and flavorful in the Kamado Grill. The adobo seasoning is made with a few common ingredients in your spice rack. You could double the batch and have some pre-made for when you need a quick and spicy rub. I used a large bowl for the chicken, drizzled some oil, then added the spice rub, and mixed until each piece was evenly coated. Grill until fully cooked, 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
The mango salsa is easy and quick to make. I don’t recommend making the salsa too much ahead of time, since the avocado can brown. Making it while the chicken is grilling works out perfect. Be sure your mango is just about ripe, too ripe and it’ll be mushy or too green and it will be hard and sour. Cut the mango and avocado into even chunks and mix with dice red onion, chopped cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and a dash of salt. If you want it extra spicy you can add another jalapeno, but the one I used was plenty. If you have kids, you can make this salsa for them too, just remove some aside before adding the jalapeno. Our 3 year old loved it with rice and beans. You can eat the chicken and salsa with rice and beans or make tacos, either way is yummy!