This creamy turmeric chicken is an easy one-skillet meal with hearty chickpeas. Serve it over rice with a cilantro garnish for a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes.
Back with another turmeric centered recipe for you.
I really wasn’t kidding about what I said in the baked turmeric oatmeal recipe, I have a lot of the stuff right now so it’s getting some use!
I talked about the health benefits of turmeric last time (you can see them for yourself in this turmeric lentil stew recipe if you need to catch up) so we’re all well aware of how great this magical spice is for us by now, right?
This turmeric chicken recipe uses two types of turmeric: fresh and ground.
Cooking chicken with turmeric seems like a no-brainer.
I think chicken is most peoples go-to protein for quick and easy weeknight meals and that’s exactly what this turmeric chicken skillet is.
For a lunch option using turmeric, try this turmeric chicken salad recipe!
How Do You Make Turmeric Chicken?
Like I mentioned, turmeric gets double duty use in this recipe.
The freshly grated turmeric root gets sautéed with the onions as the first step in the recipe.
Then, the chicken gets seasoned with ground turmeric in addition to salt and pepper before being added to the skillet.
While fresh and ground turmeric are obviously the same in origin, they do impart slightly different flavors.
Fresh turmeric root is a bit milder, almost gingery and kind of tastes like a spicy carrot if you ate it raw! It brings a certain punch of freshness to the recipe.
Ground turmeric is more savory in nature and loses a bit of that fresh pungency that the fresh stuff has. It still brings lots of health benefits, warmth and color to any dish it’s used in.
The steps to this easy less than 30 minute skillet turmeric chicken dinner are simple:
- Sauté oil, onions and fresh turmeric
- Brown seasoned chicken in the skillet
- Add broth and coconut milk, simmer for a bit
- Add chickpeas towards the end
- Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!
What Do You Serve with Creamy Turmeric Chicken?
I love serving this dish over white rice. Fragrant jasmine rice is my favorite but any will do.
I tend to batch cook rice at the beginning of the week so I have a large container of it on hand and ready to go for the week’s meals. This is the perfect example of how that’s useful.
Even if you don’t “meal prep” per se, try batch cooking a few sides (like rice, roasted vegetables, etc.) to make dinner come together easier during the week. It really cuts down on prep time!
Of course, you could use brown rice if preferred (I’m just not into its longer cooking time these days) or even cauliflower rice if you want something lower carb.
Or, for a triple turmeric boost, make the turmeric ginger rice from this Instant Pot coconut pork recipe. Mmm, that would be so good!
What Does Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas Taste Like?
The best part about this chicken and turmeric dish is not even the fact that it’s made all in one pan or that it takes less than 30 minutes to cook, it’s the taste!
It’s creamy and decadent thanks to the coconut milk, hearty and filling thanks to the added chickpeas but still fresh and light from the fresh turmeric and herbs.
If you end up liking the vibes of this chicken skillet, I think you’ll also like chicken saag so check that out too!
Love this creamy chicken turmeric recipe?
Definitely try these other one-skillet/sheet-pan chicken dinner recipes too: Jalapeno Mango Chicken Skillet, Chicken Artichoke Olive Skillet, Chinese Chicken Zoodles, Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Chicken with Pecans and Sweet Potatoes.
Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast chopped into cubes
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 can 15 oz. full fat coconut milk
- 1 can 15 oz. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- freshly chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish
- Place skillet over medium heat.
- Melt coconut oil in the pan. Add onions and fresh turmeric and sauté for about 3 minutes until softened.
- While onions cook, season the cubed chicken with salt, pepper, ground turmeric and ground ginger and toss to combine.
- Add chicken to the skillet and brown for about 3 minutes per side.
- Add the broth and coconut milk to the skillet, stir to combine and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and continue cooking another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, garnish with fresh herbs and serve over rice.
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Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.