Christmas Recipes: Mango and Butter Chicken Salad with Spinach and Brown Rice


Count down to Christmas with this delicious salad made from your leftovers and juicy mangoes.

I can’t believe there are only a few more weeks, no, days, until Christmas. I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing. “Oh no! What should I buy? What should I cook?” You know that I love to make something magical out of the leftovers in my fridge. A couple of days ago we had some leftover Butter Chicken, which would have probably sat there for a few more days, before making its way into the bin. We saved the chicken, and paired it with some beautiful Kensington Pride Mangoes (Which have just come into season in Sydney). A final flourish of baby spinach, brown rice and a wicked yoghurt sauce sealed the deal. This recipe will no doubt help you cool down on Christmas Day and is such an easy recipe, you could have it ready in no time.


Prep Time 15 mins | Cooking Time 0 mins | Serves 2-3


  • 1 large, ripe Kensington Pride Mango (or any other variety)
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 1tsp garlic paste
  • 1tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (a.k.a. cilantro)
  • 200g leftover butter chicken, warmed
  • 100g leftover brown rice, warmed
  • 150g baby spinach, washed, dried



Prepare the mango: Peel the skin from the mango using a vegetable peeler. If you’re not sure how to do this check out this video here. Slice the cheeks of. Cut each cheek into 5mm clices.

Make the dressing: Combine the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, lemon and coriander in a small jar and stir to combine. Set aside.

Make the salad: Spread the warm rice evenly over the bottom of a serving platter. Top with the baby spinach, then butter chicken and mango slices. Drizzle with the dressing. Serve.

Enjoy with a chilled white wine or beer.


Happy Cooking, Keep Smiling and Merry Christmas,

Brendon 🙂


7 Comments Add yours

  1. sakinah30 says:

    Reblogged this on Cappuccino.


  2. anabuscaglia says:

    love the colours!!!! not to mention that butter chicken is one of my favourites. so new ways of eating it is always appreciated!


    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment Ana. I was inspired by the images I saw in a couple of popular Australian food magazines. Cooler dark shades really make warm coloured foods pop. I’m glad you like butter chicken, let me know what you think if you try the recipe 🙂

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      1. anabuscaglia says:

        Oh I’ll def try it when I get back home (I’m in Peru right now)!


        1. Oh cool. Which part of Peru? I had previously travelled to Lima and the areas around Manchay 🙂


          1. anabuscaglia says:

            Just Lima for a week, I’ll have to come back another time in order to visit Cuzco and all the rest!


            1. Awesome. I was the same. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to get to Cuzco and the ruins but fingers crossed 🙂

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