Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

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Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Lemongrass and turmeric strongly evoke the tropics and warm weather. With the passing of spring into summer bringing warmer days, my thoughts turn to our imminent vacation to Asia. We are excited about the trip and look forward to a much needed break and change of scenery. I have scheduled some posts to publish every Tuesday and Friday for the next few weeks. I hope you will continue to visit and leave your much appreciated comments. Thank you for your continued support.

This is a simple and tasty Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken dish has a short list of ingredients. My boys call it the yellow curry. The red and green peppers give it a pop of color but the star of the show is the lemongrass. It gives the dish a wonderful fragrance. The lime juice lends a nice refreshing touch. Best served with Spiced Basmati Rice.

Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken


  • 20 oz (565g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 red Anaheim peppers, seeded and cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Spice Paste
  • 2 lemongrass, thinly sliced the bottom 4 inches
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp pepper


Grind lemongrass, onion, and garlic in a blender adding a little water if necessary. Remove and add turmeric and pepper.

Heat oil in a pot and stir fry spice paste until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken and stir till chicken turns opaque, about 2 minutes. Add water and season with salt. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Add cauliflower and peppers and continue to cook for another 5 minutes until cauliflower is tender. Turn off heat and stir in lime juice.

Remove and serve warm.


Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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59 Responses

  1. Jillyann says:

    Oh yum…I love curry! Curried ANYTHING!! I have to make my own curry blends and have a coffee grinder designated just to grinding spices since most commercial curry blends contain cloves (to which i am allergic). But I work around it. this looks wonderful and now I'm in the mood for a veggie curry for dinner tonight.

  2. Stella says:

    Ooh Biren, I've had Tunisian Turmeric Chicken before and it is delicious, so I know this is wonderful. Turmeric is healthful too-I need to use it more. Thanks for the reminder…

  3. denise fletcher says:

    Wah! Sedapnya tiada bandingan!

    I wonder if your boys love yellow chicken curry as much as my boys do?

  4. Kristi Rimkus says:

    I love the health benefits of Turmeric. Delicious and colorful dish. Have a wonderful trip!

  5. rotinrice says:

    The best curry blends are often homemade. Vege curry sounds wonderful!

  6. rotinrice says:

    I like turmeric and always have a jar of it in my pantry. Fresh turmeric is actually better for this dish but unfortunately it is not easily available at the stores.

  7. rotinrice says:

    Memang sedap! Sudah lama saya tak masak lauk ini.

    They'll love it if it is mild. I really have to tone down my curries for their sakes.

  8. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Kristi! Looking forward to it :)

  9. leaannbrown says:

    This looks wonderful…another bookmarked. Boy you are organized to have posts ready to go AND get ready for vacation.

  10. rotinrice says:

    I have been too busy, cooking, shooting, packing, and running around. I think I am losing my mind…LOL! Glad you like the recipe :)

  11. anncoo says:

    Oh…I can cook this cos I have turmeric, lemon grass and lime plaints at home ;DD
    Looks good!

  12. rotinrice says:

    Ann, you are so fortunate to have all those plants at your home. This dish is actually better with fresh turmeric which is hard to find over here.

  13. sushma Mallya says:

    Spice paste recipe is really nice, would go well with any curry…and this surely seems like worth trying one….very tempting clicks…

  14. Cook with Madin says:

    Hi Biren, I love curry. This dish is wonderful, especially the spice paste, another addition to my favorite. Enjoy your trip. I will visit you on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  15. rotinrice says:

    Hi Sushma! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I hope you will visit often :)

  16. rotinrice says:

    Hi Madin! This is a very mild form of "curry" :) Thanks for your support. I appreciate it.

  17. cozydelicious says:

    This chicken looks beautiful and tasty! So much color, I love turmeric. Enjoy your trip!.

  18. Devaki says:

    Dear Biren – I would never have thought to put cauliflower with the chicken but when I think about it, it makes perfect sense because it would absorb all the lovely flavors from the gravy.

    Wonderful refreshing ingredients – personally, I am a sucker for lemongrass!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  19. 5starfoodie says:

    Such wonderful aromatic flavors with lemongrass and turmeric!

  20. Reeni says:

    This has such vibrant colors and sounds really delicious! Enjoy your trip and safe travels! xo

  21. Lazaro says:

    I love the spiced basmati rice. Such a wonderful lemongrass and tumeric dish!


  22. kathy gori says:

    This looks great! Love the flavors of lemongrass and turmeric. I'll definitely be trying this one.

  23. Mary says:

    I love curry and I love the color turmeric gives to a dish. I actually use it to make Mexican yellow rice :-). This sounds like a wonderful recipe and I've bookmarked it to try. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  24. bunkycooks says:

    I love curry and get cravings these days! I will remember your dish when I do.

    Have a great vacation and a safe trip. Most of all, have fun and relax!


  25. Patty Price says:

    I love all the spices, I want this dish for dinner!

  26. Lyndsey says:

    Love the dish, great recipe with a good combination of ingredients. I had curry for dinner, but with eggplant and tofu!


    It sounds so flavorful and healthy. LOVE IT!

  28. lequan@luvtoeat says:

    I love the taste that lemongrass gives off. I have never tried lemongrass and tumeric together though, sounds like an excellent combo. This is such a beautiful dish because of the colours you have used. Looks like such a summery dish too. This sounds wonderful Biren, thank you for sharing.

  29. tigerfish says:

    The kind of dish that I will enjoy…the spice works for me.

  30. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Love the golden colour and the touch of lemongrass

  31. Dongxing says:

    A curry without chillies in it – why didn't I think of it before? This would be perfect to introduce to my kids, minus the peppers. They are starting to show an interest in the curries we adults eat, but as always, it is too zingy hot for their tastebuds. I will definitely give this a try. Have a lovely lovely holiday to Asia. Safe trip there and back.

  32. Julie M. says:

    I love the nickname Ro Ri! I'm a sucker for curry and this one looks like it wouldn't disappoint! Yummy!

  33. Ma What's For Dinner says:

    Count me in! Great spice combination.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner ” target=”_blank”>http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

  34. rotinrice says:

    Thanks for visiting and well wishes! I enjoy cooking with turmeric. Love the color and fragrance.

  35. rotinrice says:

    Hi Devaki! The cauliflower works really well here as it is such a mild vegetable and can withstand prolonged cooking. I personally like it a little crunchy. As for the lemongrass, I am with you :)

  36. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Natasha! I love using these two ingredients especially in spicy dishes.

  37. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Reeni! You are so sweet….xo back to you!

  38. rotinrice says:

    Can't go wrong with lemongrass and turmeric. I am thrilled that you will try this dish :)

  39. rotinrice says:

    It does give a lovely color and I'll have to check out your Mexican yellow rice. I do love flavored rice. Thrilled that you will be trying it :)

  40. rotinrice says:

    I understand what you mean. There is something about curries that make you crave for it.

    Thanks Gwen for your well wishes. It is a much needed break. I am going to have FUN and will share some pictures when I get home :)

  41. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Patty!

  42. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Lyndsey for visiting and leaving a comment :) Hope you will return.

  43. rotinrice says:

    Thank you.

  44. rotinrice says:

    Thanks LeQuan! I cook this dish every now and then as it is such a snap to prepare.

  45. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Tigerfish!

  46. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Penny! I like the color too!

  47. rotinrice says:

    Hi Dongxing! The boys enjoy this dish because it is mild. I hope your kids like it.

    Thanks for your well wishes. Will share some pictures when I return.

  48. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Julie! Ro-Ri is short for Roti n Rice. Hope you will give this one a try :)

  49. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Alex!

  50. rotinrice says:

    Hi Lazaro! Thanks for checking out the spiced basmati rice :) Lemongrass and turmeric are such great ingredients to use.

  51. MaryMoh says:

    I love lemon grass. This dish must be so god with rice…mmm

  52. Jeannie says:

    This looks like a great dish with rice indeed! Looks so good!

  53. Yummy Team says:

    Interesting recipe!! I am sure that I would love this colorful and fragrant chicken dish with basmati rice..

  54. pigpigscorner says:

    Great flavours! I love cooking with lemongrass!

  55. Anna says:

    I luuuv dishes with lemongrass, it smells divine. But it's not that easy to find around here. Oh you are lucky, I'm dreaming about to travel to Asia, specially Thailand. My husband was there twice and he absolutely love it. Your dish looks delicious. And very healthy. Have a nice weekend Biren.

  56. Cristina TeenieCakes says:

    A great looking dish, Biren. Serving it with the Spiced Basmati Rice sounds wonderful (would like to try that rice!).

    It's nice to get away and have something to look forward to. Have a safe trip and look forward to hearing about some great times! =)

  57. Rick says:

    Lemongrass is soo soo soo sooooo good! This looks wonderful.

  58. sweetlife says:

    I love anything with lemongrass, but with curry oh even better..great great recipe, have a wonderful trip and I will visit each tues and friday

    hugs and have fun

  59. Joanne says:

    Lemongrass does scream tropical to me! Great dish.

    have fun on your trip!

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