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Simply Thai Cooking By Wandee Young & Byron Ayanoglu + Young Mango Chicken Recipe

Simply Thai Cooking By Wandee Young & Byron Ayanoglu + Young Mango Chicken Recipe


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Young Mango Chicken Recipe. This sweet-tart-spicy concoction is a delicious Thai dish that packs a punch of flavour.

Pad Kai Mamuang Sood

Young Mango Chicken

Young Mango Chicken
Yield: 4

Young Mango Chicken

This sweet-tart-spicy concoction is another of Wandee’s recent novelties and it satisfies as seductively as a walk on a starlit beach during the tropical night. The preferred mango is “young,” meaning it hasn’t quite ripened yet and has a hard enough texture to be cleanly sliced. This is no problem for us, since all our mangoes are imported and usually aren’t quite ripe when they hit the store shelves. Best news of all is that the mango is simply peeled and sliced into medium strips!


  • 10 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast 300 g
  • 1 large, not-quite-ripe, mango 1
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil 50 mL
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic 5 mL
  • 4 tbsp water 50 mL
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce 25 mL
  • 1 tsp sugar 5 mL
  • 2 tbsp chili paste 25 mL
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 25 mL
  • 1 ⁄2 medium red pepper, 1⁄2
  • cut into 1⁄4-inch/5-mm strips
  • 2 oz roasted unsalted cashews 60 g
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • 21 ⁄2 cups freshly steamed rice 625 mL


  1. Slice the chicken into strips that are 1⁄4 inch/5 mm thick,
  2. 2 inch/5 cm long and about 1 inch/2.5 cm wide. If you find
  3. it difficult to cut thinly through fresh meat, leave it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden slightly, and then slice. Reserve.
  4. 2. Peel mango and slice into 1⁄4-inch/5-mm thick, long strips. Reserve.
  5. 3. Heat oil in a wok (or large frying pan) on high heat, until it is just about to smoke. Add garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add reserved chicken and water and stir-fry for 2 minutes, until the chicken is springy. Add soya and sugar and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add chili paste (page 15) and lime juice and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add reserved mango and red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add cashews and stir-fry for a final minute.
  6. 4. Transfer to a serving dish and top with coriander leaves.
  7. Serve immediately, accompanied by steamed rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Excerpted from Simply Thai Cooking, 3rd Ed.  By Wandee Young and Byron Ayanoglu © 1996, 2003, 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.



Friday 4th of March 2022

On page 161 of Simply Thai second edition there is an ingredient call Mee Khing. What is it? I've tried googling it with no luck and it's not listed in the front of the book.

Elizabeth Lampman

Friday 4th of March 2022

I just looked, it references the recipe on page 164 and says it is protein tofu. Looking over the ingredients it makes sense that it is tofu, but that is certainly confusing.

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