Spicy Turmeric Chicken

September 10, 2012

Spicy Turmeric Chicken

Lean meats, such as chicken and turkey, are an important component of an athlete’s diet as they are a readily available source of precious aminoacids.
Even if it’s crucial to differentiate what we eat so as to include also plant sources of protein; lean meats are always a handy thing to resort to especially after a kick-ass workout.
However, plain grilled chicken can get boring soon, that’s why it’s nice to have a quick fix recipe for cooking a tasty chicken.

Spicy Turmeric Chicken
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, paleo and very tasty.
We’re going to use a lot of different spices but mainly turmeric. Which has been praised for it’s anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting and heart health properties.
Truth to be told, I love turmeric. I try to incorporate it in as many dishes as I can.
It’s not only about turmeric though. We’re using a good amount of cayenne pepper, chili, lemon juice and a bit of olive oil to give to this chicken a really awesome taste.
Yes, it’s spicy. Don’t worry though, nothing too dramatic.
Oh yeah, one last thing, use high-quality free-range organic chicken meat. There’s no joking around when it comes to chicken (especially here in the US).

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Adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook


1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 clove of garlic, mashed
juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 thin cut organic chicken breast


In a small bowl combine all the spices, lemon juice, olive oil and mashed garlic and stir well. Place the chicken breasts with the spices mixture in a freezer bag. Marinate in the fridge, for as little as 30 minutes to a maximum to 4 hours.
Heat up a grill and cook the chicken thoroughly, pouring more marinate on the chicken if it starts to look to a bit dry.


  1. This looks good! I recently gave up chicken for a pescatarian diet but if I were to ever eat a piece of chicken again, this would be it. Great post!


  2. Organic chicken is a good choice! I don't eat much meat but when the moment comes it must be organic. Great recipe!

  3. The combination of spices seems really tasty.

  4. I just cooked my first chicken today! I know I know! I'm 24 years old... It was so simple though and delicious! And I love turmeric! This has to be delicious!

  5. Omfg... Eating your turmeric chicken... Amazeballs !

  6. What is the red sauce on the plate next to the chicken?

  7. If you cant grill- can you bake or sauté in frying pan?

  8. I actually make this recipe at least once a week. It's SO GOOD and it's really easy to make AND you get your turmeric quota in for the day.

  9. This recipe is GREAT! My family loved it. I marinated it for about and hour and sauteed the breasts (the snow had buried my grill). I added a 1/2 cup chicken broth, a teaspoon of lemon and cornstarch to the saute pan and make a light sauce then served over rice.

    1. Sounds lovely Melinda. Thanks for the add on :)

  10. I have cooked this dish on a number of occasions and it's really simple to make but the flavour packs a punch :-). Love it.