Oven-Grilled Turmeric Chicken

I love the simplicity of this chicken dish. Aunty Jane used to bake us turmeric chicken marylands and I remember how I’d tuck in with relish; it will always be just one maryland per person so there’s no room for greed! As a plus, I think this dish is pretty healthy too and with just a few ingredients and 20 minutes cooking time,  you’ll be licking your fingers clean in no time. For my quick grilled version, I’ve chopped up chicken thigh fillets into chunks then rubbed in turmeric powder, crushed garlic, soy sauce, a good splash of extra virgin olive oil and tossed in fresh curry leaves that impart a slightly peppery, citrusy, definitely curry-ish aroma to the dish. Wonderful! 🙂



Oven-Grilled Turmeric Chicken

600 g chicken thigh fillets, roughly cut into chunks 
2 heap teaspoons turmeric powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon raw sugar
dash of white pepper
good splash of extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tablespoon)
2 stems of curry leaves (roughly 20 leaves removed from stem)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220oC. Set to grill.
  2. Combine all ingredients. (If time permits, leave chicken to marinate for 1 hour)
  3. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and lightly brush with a little oil; place chicken chunks and curry leaves in one layer then grill for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with rice or bread/roti to soak up the cooked juices or serve simply with a side of steamed vegetables.

See, easy peasy – short and sweet!

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8 comments to Oven-Grilled Turmeric Chicken

  • Simple, quick, tasty – sounds like the perfect dish for a week night meal. The chicken looks nice and moist – great job 🙂

  • Mei Sze

    Thanks Anita,

    It’s really perfect for a super quick and simple but wholesame meal at home! 🙂

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  • Eve

    Yummy, will try this dish. Do so miss comfort foods.

  • This looks absolutely delicious! And I can see how it would go so well with a squeeze of lemon juice and some icy cold beers in summer with my friends 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Mei Sze

    No probs Chopin fan 🙂
    This is super simple and yummy! Enjoy! 🙂

  • Mei Sze

    You got me thinking about this dish all day!! My wife is getting some wings and drumettes on her way home from work now. My “fresh” curry leaves are frozen from the freezer though 🙁

    But what I’m gonna do is marinate the chicken with a few dallops of oysters sauce instead of soy sauce coz I’ve followed the advice of our family maid who cooks awesome chicken curry that oyster sauce imparts good flavour complexity to the meat without overpowering the spices that you cook with the chicken. I’m also going to add a little curry powder for some added kick 🙂 I am chilling a Watervale riesling in the fridge to go with your recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mei Sze

    Oh yes, oyster sauce will impart a little bit of sweetness to the whole dish. And chicken on the bone – even better! Enjoy! 🙂 Let me know how it goes… 🙂