Chicken With Turmeric Recipes


Chicken with Turmeric recipe is a classical recipe from Indian cuisine. This easy recipe is truly a healthier version of the traditional recipe. It uses less oil and no butter, thus cutting down on the calories per serving.

Whether you want to cook a quick chicken dish, or you want to try a new chicken recipe, this blog has all the chicken recipes you’ll ever need.

Turmeric Chicken and Rice

“This is a simple one-pot chicken-and-rice dish, but the turmeric adds color, spice and flavor,” Edward Lee says. “That makes it a winner in my house.” He recommends using a whole organic chicken so you know exactly where the bird came from and serving the dish family-style. 


Turmeric Chicken and Rice

Recipe Summary


1 hr 10 mins


35 mins




Ingredient Checklist

  • One 4 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Plain whole yogurt, sliced cucumbers, mint leaves and lime wedges, for serving


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole or Dutch oven, melt the butter and sprinkle with the turmeric. Add the chicken skin side down and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 8 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Step 2Add the onion, ginger and garlic to the casserole and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, curry powder, cinnamon, cumin and rice and stir constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pot, skin side up. Add the bay leaves, fish sauce and chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Step 3Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Adjust the lid to cover partially and simmer until the rice is cooked, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Remove from the heat, uncover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with yogurt, cucumbers, mint and lime wedges.

Honey Turmeric Chicken

Honey Turmeric Chicken – sticky, savory and sweet honey chicken marinated with turmeric and cooked on skillet. Quick and easy dinner in 15 minutes.

Asian style Honey Turmeric Chicken marinated with turmeric and cooked on skillet.

Best Turmeric Recipes

Recently I read it online that turmeric is a super food that does wonders to our health. The yellow color root belongs to the ginger family and is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, has wound healing and other medicinal benefits.

Honey Turmeric Chicken

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It’s one of my favorite spices; it imparts an exotic taste, wonderful fragrance and aromas to protein such as chicken.

This honey turmeric chicken is a great recipe to introduce you to turmeric. The chicken is moist, juicy, delicious, golden in color, with an intense aroma and absolutely mouthwatering.

Quick and easy one pan Honey roasted Turmeric Chicken thighs, ready to serve.

Ingredients for Honey Turmeric Chicken

  • Chicken thighs
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Oyster sauce or soy sauce
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cayenne powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
Close up Honey Turmeric Chicken with sticky, savory and sweet honey glaze.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Foods Can You Put Turmeric On?

You can sprinkle turmeric on all kinds of food, varying from rice, soup, salads, vegetables, and eggs. It even goes well on a cob of corn. Turmeric stains easily so make sure you use spoon and do not spill them over your countertop.

What Can You Use Turmeric Spice For?

Turmeric has an active compound, curcumin, which has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, depression, and arthritis.

How Many Calories?

This recipe has 315 calories per serving.

What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?

This dish is best served with steamed rice or noodles. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.


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Honey Turmeric Chicken

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Honey Turmeric Chicken – sticky, savory and sweet honey chicken marinated with turmeric and cooked on skillet. Quick and easy dinner in 15 mins.  

PREP TIME10 minutes

COOK TIME5 minutes

TOTAL TIME15 minutes


  • 4 (12 oz. /340 g per chicken) chicken thighs, deboned but skin-on
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce or soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Add the garlic, honey, oyster sauce, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and salt to the chicken, stir to combine well.
  2. Heat up a skillet (cast-iron preferred) on medium heat and add the oil. Transfer the chicken to the skillet and cook on both sides, until they turn golden brown, crispy on the bottom and nicely glazed and browned on the skin side. Dish out and serve immediately.


You may use chicken breast, chicken drumsticks or wings for this recipe. You may also bake or grill this recipe. If baking, bake it at 400F for 20 minutes are until the chicken is slightly charred.


Golden turmeric chicken served in a large white bowl over rice with asparagus on the side
Easy turmeric chicken is full of warm, rich spices and comes out perfectly tender and juicy! Plus, this recipe is just 4 main ingredients and ready in 15 minutes! #turmeric #easychickenrecipes #easychickendinner #mealprepchicken #healthychickenrecipes

Easy turmeric chicken is full of warm, rich spices and comes out perfectly tender and juicy! Plus, this recipe is just 4 main ingredients and ready in 15 minutes!

I soaked in every bit of this past weekend.

We had a soccer game, a few birthday parties, a play date and a school function. All fun stuff and mostly nice weather, too, which is always a bonus!

But also, I’m going to be gone for the next 4 weekends. 😳 It’s because I’ve got lots of fun things coming up, but that means weekdays will be even more crazy to try to cram in all the normal house/family/day-to-day stuff I get done on weekends.

So being a bit lazy and lounging around was a really nice way to just chill this weekend. Now it’s Monday though, and, well, here we go. Full speed ahead!

So let’s talk easy recipes. You know that’s my jam. 😉

Today’s easy turmeric chicken recipe has been a favorite of mine for a few years now!

It’s a great go-to type of recipe to have when you get home, look in the fridge and think to yourself, now what am I going to do with that chicken?

Been there. Feel ya.

Cubes of chicken cooked in a skillet with turmeric and spices
Easy turmeric chicken is full of warm, rich spices and comes out perfectly tender and juicy! Plus, this recipe is just 4 main ingredients and ready in 15 minutes! #turmeric #easychickenrecipes #easychickendinner #mealprepchicken #healthychickenrecipes

It’s similar in that way to my paprika chicken, which is also a quick and easy one that cooks up using this same method of cutting cubed chicken and then searing it in the skillet.

And the ground turmeric and ground cumin spices for today’s recipe add so much warmth and depth to the chicken. ❤️

Plus, the squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds such a bright pop at the end!

(If you are a lemon lover, definitely check out my easy baked lemon chicken. Oh the sauce on that – swoon!)

A white serving bowl full of pieces of turmeric spiced chicken pieces

This turmeric spiced chicken also is:

✔️ Gluten-free

✔️ Dairy-free

✔️ Low-carb

✔️ Keto, paleo and whole 30

✔️ Great for meal prepping

And I just love that it’s only 4 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes! 🙌

I’ve got a few tips and FAQs and serving ideas to share on this dish coming up. Just trying to be helpful.

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  • Cutting the chicken into smaller pieces helps ensure they cook evenly and more quickly. It’s a favorite trick of mine!
  • I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but you could also do this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs that you cut up into smaller pieces.
  • The cayenne here is optional. It adds just a hint of heat but can definitely be left off as well.

Now, it’s been in the spotlight for a couple of years, but in case you are wondering…


Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisines. Turmeric is a key spice in curry and is often used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters and cheeses. It has a warm, slightly bitter taste.

It’s also known for its medicinal purposes.

And since I’m a health and nutrition editor, as well as a big nerd, I thought I’d highlight a few possible…


One of the key active compounds in turmeric is curcumin, which acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory component.

Turmeric may help with exercise-related inflammation and muscle soreness, as well as managing oxidative stress, research suggests.

It has also been used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, skin cancer and digestive disorders.

Some also believe it may help in depression, memory, heart disease, various cancers and boosting longevity.

More research is needed in all of these areas. However, turmeric obviously has a lot to offer!

Plus, it’s pretty and tasty! 🧡

Easy turmeric chicken is full of warm, rich spices and comes out perfectly tender and juicy! Plus, this recipe is just 4 main ingredients and ready in 15 minutes! #turmeric #easychickenrecipes #easychickendinner #mealprepchicken #healthychickenrecipes

As for serving, we love this turmeric chicken piled onto some steamed brown rice. (Basmati rice would be fantastic, too.)

You could even serve this with some roasted potatoes (like my easy spicy roasted potatoes). Is it me or does almost everything go with roasted potatoes?

Then you just need a steamed or roasted veggie side and you are set!

But if you want to get more creative, you can use this easy turmeric chicken as the protein for any kind of grain and veggie bowl you can throw together.

(That’s what I do in my turmeric chicken bowls with rice and hummus. So much YUM!)

Easy turmeric spiced chicken pieces served over steamed rice with asparagus

Finally, this turmeric chicken makes a great wrap! I love doing that with leftovers — or if I’ve meal prepped this in advance.

I lay out a whole wheat wrap (a spinach wrap would be pretty too). Then I add some fresh spinach or lettuce, some warmed up turmeric chicken, some pickled red onions and a few dollops of hummus. 👌

Lunch time winning right there!

I hope you give this recipe a try; I think you’re gonna love it!



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