Chicken with Turmeric and Ginger

  • Chicken with turmeric and ginger

Easy to prepare, this chicken recipe is braised slowly in a mixture of spicy, sweet, bitter, and tangy flavors.

You can replace fresh turmeric with 1 teaspoon of the ground spice and if you cannot find key limes, use 2 regular limes and slice them into rounds.The limes are kept whole and will soften during cooking, though I suggest to press the juices out in your plate and discard the skin.


  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4 cm (2 inch) knob fresh turmeric, grated
  • 2 cm (1 inch) knob fresh ginger, grated
  • The juice of one lemon
  • 250 ml (8.5 oz) chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons pitted black olives
  • 4 key limes, quartered
  • A few springs of fresh tarragon, coarsely chopped
  • Freshly milled black pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy based pan, place the chicken pieces in the sizzling oil, and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until the chicken is nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to a dish. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in the hot pan to sauté the shallots until they begin to color.  Add the garlic cloves, and cook for another minute or so.
  3. Incorporate the grated turmeric and ginger. ( if using ground turmeric, add it now) Pour the lemon juice and the stock, return the chicken pieces to the pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a separate frying pan, and cook the lime quarters  (or the lime rounds) on all sides until charred, sauté the olives together with the limes for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to the chicken stew, stir, and leave to cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Incorporate most of the tarragon, leaving some for the garnish. Let the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving with more scattered tarragon on top.
30 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes

Preparation time

4 to 6


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