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Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

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!

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.

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!

This 30 minute turmeric chicken dinner is made all in one skillet with just a handful of ingredients!

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:

  1. Sauté oil, onions and fresh turmeric
  2. Brown seasoned chicken in the skillet
  3. Add broth and coconut milk, simmer for a bit
  4. Add chickpeas towards the end
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!
Make this easy turmeric chicken with chickpeas for an easy and quick weeknight dinner.

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!

This turmeric chicken recipe is creamy and hearty with chickpeas and made in just 1 skillet in under 30 minutes.

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!

This skillet meal is almost reminiscent of a curry (this winter vegetable curry comes to mind actually) just without the curry powder taste as well as lamb korma for its creamy coziness.

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.

Check out my Kung Pao chickpeas too if you’re looking for another chickpea skillet meal or this chickpea stew which also comes together in just 30 minutes.

If you end up liking the vibes of this chicken skillet, I think you’ll also like chicken saag so check that out too!

Chicken and turmeric combine in this easy one pan dinner made in just 30 minutes.

Love this creamy chicken turmeric recipe?

Definitely try these other one-skillet/sheet-pan chicken dinner recipes too: Jalapeno Mango Chicken SkilletChicken Artichoke Olive SkilletChinese Chicken ZoodlesSheet Pan Maple Mustard Chicken with Pecans and Sweet Potatoes.

Also try these snacks and desserts with turmeric: turmeric energy balls and brown butter turmeric chocolate chip cookies. So fun!

Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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.


  • 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


  1. Place skillet over medium heat.
  2. Melt coconut oil in the pan. Add onions and fresh turmeric and sauté for about 3 minutes until softened.
  3. While onions cook, season the cubed chicken with salt, pepper, ground turmeric and ground ginger and toss to combine.
  4. Add chicken to the skillet and brown for about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Add the broth and coconut milk to the skillet, stir to combine and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chickpeas and continue cooking another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, garnish with fresh herbs and serve over rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 55g

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Friday 7th of May 2021

I'm on a quest to get more turmeric in my diet and I'm so excited I found this tasty recipe! Thank you!


Friday 7th of May 2021

This sounds delicious. Turmeric is my favorite spice. I'm going to make this tomorrow. Can't wait.


Friday 29th of May 2020

Hey Gina, I enjoyed this a lot- thank you. I especially liked your decision to add the chickpeas last so they weren't overly soft.

Running to the Kitchen

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Glad you enjoyed!


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Thanks for the recipe Gina! We made it the other night with ground turmeric (didn't have fresh) and it was delicious.

Running to the Kitchen

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

So glad you made and liked it, Amy! Makes me happy to hear :)


Monday 18th of February 2019

If I don't have fresh turmeric can I just put more powdered turmeric? Or should I wait to make it until I can get some fresh?

Running to the Kitchen

Monday 18th of February 2019

You can just use the ground turmeric, I'd probably do about 1 1/2 teaspoons. The flavor will be slightly different without the fresh but it's not imperative for the recipe. Enjoy!

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