Mango Chicken

mango chicken

It’s mango season! Loaded with juicy sweetness, this stone fruit is sensational blended into smoothies, mashed as an ice cream topping or thrown into your favourite curry. This is a recipe I came across many years ago. For all the alluring flavours, it’s surprisingly simple to make. Major Grey chutney is an English-influenced version of mango chutney, a bare necessity for Indian cuisine and can be found in most grocery stores.

Mango Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ¼ cup Major Grey chutney
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ripe mango (about a pound), pitted, peeled, and cut into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a pan over medium-high heat and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in curry powder.
  3. Add chutney, ginger, lime juice, and broth.
  4. Scatter mango over chicken.
  5. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until chicken is done (about 25 minutes).
  6. Transfer chicken to a bowl and keep warm. Boil sauce uncovered over medium-high heat.
  7. Stir until reduced to about 1¼ cups (about 2 minutes), then pour sauce over chicken.
  8. Serve chicken mixture over hot fluffy basmati rice.

 

It’s a jungle out there. Pair this with a Syrah to balance out all the spices and exotic flavours. Doug Margerum’s 2009 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah will calm any beast with its soft tannins, plum fruit, and wild aromas.

Movie Night suggestion. Dear Bollywood, I’m just not that into you. I am, however into singing bears, dancing monkeys, talking panthers, and hypnotic snakes. The Jungle Book (1967) is a musical story of Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear who have a difficult time trying to convince a boy cub to leave the Indian jungle for a man tribe. The Jungle Book was the last film personally overseen by Walt Disney. Inspired by the Mowgli stories by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the author was born in Bombay Maharashtra, India. The Hindi names for the animals are all related to their species. Baloo: bear, Bagheera: panther, and Hathi: elephant. Shere Khan means Tiger King.

Film notes: Walt Disney died during production of this film. The film performed quite well at the box office. Had the film failed, it is likely that animation would have been closed down at the Disney studio.

A scene with a near-sighted, short tempered rhino named Rocky was cut out of the script after Walt figured that two comic scenes back-to-back was poor movie-making. Rocky was to be voiced by Frank Fontaine, who recorded his lines, and animation went as far as storyboarding the sequence.

Terry Gilkyson’s song The Bare Necessities was nominated for an Academy Award.

Walt Disney told his animation crew to “discard all the heavy stuff from the novel” and “throw away” Rudyard Kipling’s book, The Jungle Book, because the original concept storyboards were too dark and dramatic. Walt gave his head animator, Larry Clemmons, a copy of the book along with specific instructions. “The first thing I want you to do is not read it.”

The vultures were originally going to be voiced by The Beatles, but when they were approached by the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, John Lennon vetoed the idea and told Epstein to tell Disney he should hire Elvis Presley instead. The look of the vultures with their mop-top cuts and Liverpool voices are a homage to The Beatles; one bird’s voice and features are clearly based on Ringo Starr. The song was finalized as a barbershop quartet to make it timeless.

Winifred the Elephant is the only female animal to have any dialogue in the entire film. Raksha (the mother wolf) appears at the beginning, but never speaks. Winifred was the last role for Verna Felton before her death in 1966 (one day before Walt Disney himself died). Her first role in a Disney film was also that of an elephant. She voiced the Elephant matriarch in Dumbo.

When Gregory Peck was the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science, he tried to get a full-length animated feature not only nominated for Best Picture Academy Award but actually win. He resigned as President in 1970 when other members didn’t agree with him about animated films being nominated. It was over 20 years later that the Academy would reconsider, allowing Beauty and the Beast to be nominated.

Col. Hathi mentions that he received the Victoria Cross for bravery. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for bravery and is awarded to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

The original child actor David Alan Bailey who voiced Mowgli had to be let go as his voice broke during the film’s 3-year production. He lives in Sacramento, California, and no longer acts.

For the record, I actually prefer Kipling’s book ending to the Disney ending. Mowgli is as much of a sell-out as Ariel (giving up her fins for a man). Pffffft. Still, with its light and airy wildlife setting, The Jungle Book remains one of my favourite Disney features of all time.