chicken tacos with mango-avocado salsa

this was my second mango recipe this week. i think subconsciously i am trying to hang on to summer as long as possible by eating warm-weather foods. and, heck, why not--it's still 80+ degrees here!

this recipe is good, but would have been better had my jalapeno not disappeared (i'm wondering if it jumped ship from my shopping cart...?). it's from cooking light magazine--oh, how i love thee--but i made a couple of adjustments. We also served it with a "quick" black-bean soup from food & wine magazine, but i think there are better recipes out there. i'll try again when the weather gets cooler.

so, without further adieu, i present the recipe for chicken tacos with mango-avocado salsa:

4 servings (serving size: 2 tortillas, 1 chicken breast half, and 1/2 cup salsa)

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced peeled mango (I used one mango)
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado (I used one avocado)
1/2 cup chopped tomato (I used one small tomato, seeded)
1/3 cup prechopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper (didn't have)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas (I used whole-wheat soft-taco tortillas)
I also added light shredded Mexican cheese and light sour cream (gotta have my calcium!)

1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 4 ingredients; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Rub over chicken. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

2. While chicken cooks, combine mango and next 6 ingredients (through jalapeño); stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

now, this would be an excellent, healthy, and quick main dish, paired with brown rice and black beans as well. with the soup, i could only eat one fat taco, so be prepared to be full!

let me know what you think and enjoy!

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