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Turmeric Chicken & Quinoa

This Turmeric Chicken & Quinoa is a healthy one dish meal the whole family will love.  Healthy doesn't get much tastier than this turmeric chicken recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turmeric recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 56 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 320kcal
Author Wendy Polisi



  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken or tempeh
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups quinoa rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch Oven, heat the olive oil to medium and add turmeric. Stir and add chicken.
  • Cook until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate. Allow to cool and then shred.
  • Add the onion and ginger and cook for 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, curry powder, cumin and quinoa. Cook, string constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the pot. Add bay leaves, fish sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 987mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg