Turmeric Chicken with Rice is a quick and easy dish that is just as healthy as it is delicious! Our Ground Turmeric Chicken recipe is truly comfort food without the guilt.
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Turmeric Chicken with Wild Rice is the type of dish that is responsible for my blog. Raising my children I often put dishes together based on ingredients that I had at home. Once my children grew and were cooking for themselves, they asked how I made a particular dish.
My daughter would get so mad at me when I just said I threw this and that into a pot. She asked “don’t you ever write anything down? How are we expected to make it?” Thus, Hostess At Heart was born.
Why You’ll Love This Turmeric Chicken Recipe
Low in Calories and Good For You. My sister gave me some ground chicken that she wasn’t going to use. My first instinct was to make my Turkey Sloppy Joes but I have been wanting to make a dish using turmeric.
Turmeric has amazing health benefits and has been used by Chinese and Indian cultures as a medicine. It intrigues me how these cultures figure out how to treat illness with ingredients like this!
Delicious. The flavor of this dish is beautifully developed and your entire family will love it, even if you have picky eaters.
Quick and Easy to Make. We loved this dish. It was perfect for a quick dinner but still had comfort food written all over it without the guilt.
Equipment Needed to Make Turmeric Chicken
Skillet. I love cast iron. It holds its heat and heats up evenly. However, any large skillet will work.
Rice Cooker, Instant Pot, or Saucepan. I recommend using your Instant Pot to make the wild rice, but it can also be made in a rice cooker or saucepan. Follow the packaging directions for the water to rice ratio.
Ingredients for Turmeric Chicken and Rice
- Wild Rice. This crunchy and flavorful rice is a nice variation and fits perfectly with the flavor profile of our turmeric chicken recipe.
- Ground Chicken. If you are in a hurry just grab a rotisserie chicken and chop that up instead.
- Diced Red Pepper.
- Thinly Sliced Celery. Nice thin slices add the flavor without the distinct crunch and blend in more seamlessly with the rice.
- Diced Onion. White, yellow, or sweet would be best for this recipe.
- Can of Diced Fire-Roasted Tomatoes. Petite diced will also work.
- Dried Oregano. This spice plays nicely with turmeric as a pairing.
- Ground Turmeric. Careful. This spice has a strong yellow color that will stain clothes and skin.
- Ground Pepper.
- Olive Oil. You can sub the oil of your choice.
- Fresh Chopped Parsley. This is an optional garnish.
How to Make Turmeric Chicken and Rice
Step One. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
Step Two. Heat a large skillet with olive oil and cook everything else except the parsley.
Step Three. Salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.
What to Serve with this Turmeric Chicken Recipe
Substitutions and Additions
- If you can’t find ground chicken you can use ground turkey. Boneless chicken breast, thighs, or drumsticks with the skin removed is an amazing ground turmeric chicken recipe variation that will keep this a healthy turmeric chicken and rice recipe
- If you don’t love wild rice you can use brown rice, jasmine rice, white rice, or basmati rice instead. Any rice will work.
- Add chopped vegetables such as fresh spinach, green bell pepper, or mushrooms. You can also add canned vegetables such as corn to add a bit of sweetness.
- Add a couple of cloves of minced garlic.
- You can substitute turmeric for garam masala or curry powder.
- Substitute fresh cilantro for the parsley.
- Use shredded chicken. A rotisserie chicken will also work.
How To Reheat & Store Turmeric Chicken and Rice
Best Way To Store Turmeric Chicken
Keep leftovers of Turmeric Chicken in a sealed plastic container or zipped freezer-quality plastic baggy in your refrigerator or freezer.
How Long Will Turmeric Chicken and Rice Last In the Fridge?
You can keep leftovers of this delicious dish in your refrigerator for a couple of days as long as you put it in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze/Thaw this Healthy Turmeric Chicken Recipe
Yes, you can definitely freeze your leftovers to reheat later for an easy weeknight dinner. I recommend individual serving size containers so you can grab one on the way out the door and take it with you for a quick and tasty lunch.
How To Reheat Turmeric Chicken
Reheat refrigerated or frozen ground turmeric chicken and rice using the microwave or a skillet over medium heat. You may need to add a tablespoon or so of water to help refresh and steam the rice as it reheats.
Ground Turmeric Chicken Recipe FAQ
Turmeric is an intense spice that tastes a bit spicy. If you’ve ever had curry, that’s what turmeric tastes like. Turmeric and curry aren’t the same things, however. Turmeric is a spice and curry is a blend of spices.
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Yes! I honestly believe that this spice is absolutely delicious in this healthy turmeric chicken recipe.
Tips to make the perfect Turmeric Chicken
- Turmeric is an intense spice so don’t overdo it.
- Make sure the turmeric is cooked in this recipe. Raw turmeric doesn’t taste nearly as good as cooked.
- Cook your rice in the instant pot such as we do with this Asian rice recipe to make this a 30-minute meal.
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Turmeric Chicken with Wild Rice
- 1 cup wild rice
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 14.5 oz can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tbl olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- Cook the wild rice according to package directions.
- In a large skillet, add olive oil. Cook ground chicken, onion, red pepper, and celery together until chicken is cooked through.
- Add tomatoes, oregano, turmeric, cooked rice, salt, and pepper to the cooked chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.