Creamy Turmeric Chicken & Onions

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Try this delicious recipe for chicken thighs cooked in a creamy coconut milk and turmeric sauce. Sauté onions, top with cilantro, and enjoy!

Fresh turmeric, known for its vibrant golden color, is a root that thrives in tropical regions, primarily in India, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. This rhizome plant grows best in warm, humid climates and requires well-drained soil. Apart from being a staple in Asian cuisines, fresh turmeric boasts a plethora of nutritional benefits. It is rich in curcumin, a compound recognized for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, fresh turmeric contains essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and iron, making it a valuable addition to a balanced diet.

When shopping for fresh turmeric, look for firm rhizomes that are free from blemishes and mold. Choose pieces that have a vibrant orange or yellow hue, as they indicate freshness. Avoid turmeric that feels soft or dry. To store fresh turmeric, place it in a breathable bag or paper towel and store it in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it can last for a few weeks. When it comes to using fresh turmeric, you can grate it or thinly slice it to add a bright and earthy flavor to curries, stir-fries, smoothies, or even teas. It pairs well with other spices like ginger and garlic, and a little goes a long way. Experiment with different recipes and enjoy the unique taste and health benefits fresh turmeric brings to your culinary creations.

Adaptogens are a specific category of plants that are believed to help the body adapt and cope with stress and promote overall well-being. While turmeric does possess various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is not widely recognized as an adaptogenic herb.

Turmeric is responsible for the bright yellow hue in this delicious creamy sauce!

Creamy Turmeric Chicken & Onions

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 35 mins Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, minced fresh turmeric, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened, 4-5 minutes.

  2. Season the chicken thighs with ground turmeric. Place chicken in the skillet and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the chicken develops a nice sear. Turn chicken over.

  3. Add white wine to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to cook down.

  4. Add coconut milk to the skillet, stir to combine. Turn heat to low and cover the skillet. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is done and reads 165 F internally with a food thermometer.

  5. To serve, divide rice, chicken, onions, and sauce between plates. Top with cherry tomatoes and cilantro.

Keywords: turmeric, chicken, chicken thighs, onions, adaptogens, adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, health, recipes, food
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Emily Weeks, RDN, LD

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