Turmeric Chicken & Rice

This is a simple one-pot chicken-and-rice dish, but the turmeric adds color, spice and flavor. But what makes it a winner in my book are the health benefits of turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cumin.

The picture shows the recipe using one whole chicken but for a healthier meal I prefer using organic skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Serve the dish family-style.


2 lbs organic chicken breast or thighs, sliced
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


1. Season 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 if using w/ skin) and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 8 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

2. Add 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. Add the bay leaves, fish sauce and chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat.

3. Cover 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. Slice chicken & serve with yogurt, cucumbers, mint and lime wedges.


Calories 679
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.4g 16%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 19%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 1409mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 81.4g 30%
Dietary Fiber 6.1g 22%
Total Sugars 4.1g
Protein 56.5g
Vitamin D 4mcg 21%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 1099mg 23%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Recipe analyzed by Ron Patterson

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