Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

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
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 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
  1. Grind lemongrass, onion, and garlic in a blender adding a little water if necessary. Remove and add turmeric and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. Add cauliflower and peppers and continue to cook for another 5 minutes until cauliflower is tender. Turn off heat and stir in lime juice.
  4. Remove and serve warm.

Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken
Lemongrass and Turmeric Chicken

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. leaannbrown says

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

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. cozydelicious says

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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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!


  16. Lyndsey says

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. rotinrice says

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

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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.

  25. rotinrice says

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

  26. Yummy Team says

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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! =)

  29. 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

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