Coffee Chili Rubbed Chicken with Epsresso Mango Sauce
Recipe by Chef Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Coffee Chili Rubbed Chicken with Epsresso Mango Sauce

  • Prep time 45 mins
  • Cook time 25 mins
  • Ready in 1 hour

This is an amazing and unique recipe that you can have in your repertoire to do something different and either jazz up the weekly offerings or use it impress some dinner guests. Have fun!


  • For the sauce:
  • For the rub:


  1. Let’s start this off and get our sauce underway.  Feel free to make this ahead and warm up later when you are ready to serve.  Preheat a small pot on medium heat.  Add the oil and then the shallots and ginger.  Sweat until soft, but do not caramelize.
  2. Add the coconut milk, espresso, mango and salt and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the sauce until it thickens up a little and then set aside.
  3. Mix up your spice rub in a small bowl.  Next, drizzle a little oil on the chicken and then liberally coat with the spice rub.  Cook the chicken in a preheated grill pan or a fry pan that has a lid.  Brown the chicken nicely on both sides and cook with the lid on until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  4. While your chicken is cooking go ahead and place the cauliflower in a bowl, drizzle a little oil and sprinkle with a lot of spice rub.  Toss, transfer to a baking sheet and bake in a 400 ºF oven until the cauliflower is nicely roasted.
  5. Go ahead and serve the chicken and cauliflower together with a nice liberal drizzle of the sauce.
  6. Hope you enjoy!


You can simplify this recipe by roasting the chicken in the oven along with the cauliflower.

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Reviews on "Coffee Chili Rubbed Chicken with Epsresso Mango Sauce" (6)

  1. September 24, 2019
    just watched the show on this recipe, it looks wonderful, can hardly wait to give it a try! Love watching Chef Michael, so informative, always has great tips and very entertaining.
  2. November 13, 2019
    We saw this on Cooking on the Coast and decided to try it. Halfway through we realized that the reciped does not list the chili flakes we saw Chef Michael put in. Definitely needs them, guessed about 1 tsp. It turned out very well. The sauce peps up the cauliflower. Edit needed! Thanks.
  3. April 8, 2020
    Made this last night but had to use fresh mango chopped fine - it was lovely. I also missed the chili flakes so it would be better with that - next time. The recipe still needs editing for the chili! Enjoy the show and the food!
    • April 9, 2020
      Geez, I thought that I made this edit! The chili flakes that I used on this show was a homemade blend of guajillo and pasilla peppers. I edited the recipe to include a smaller portion of standard red pepper flakes (which are spicier)
  4. January 31, 2021
    Hi, This looks amazing- but what is Level Ground Columbian - does it mean coffee?

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