This Ginger Turmeric Chicken is one of my favorites recipes for summer cookouts. It is incredibly flavorful and best when prepared in advance. The recipe also scales very well if you plan to feed a crowd or want to meal-prep and freeze super-easy future meals.
I like the ginger turmeric marinade best with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Thighs stay juicer and showcase the flavors of the marinade well. However, chicken breasts, shrimp, and tofu are delicious when prepared with this ginger turmeric marinade. Just make sure to shorten the grill time appropriately so they don’t dry out!
I hope you enjoy this ginger turmeric chicken as much as we do. To make it a complete meal, I usually serve the chicken on a bed of baby spinach topped with quinoa. It is especially delicious when paired with this Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce! Recipe adapted from a Sur La Table cooking class recipe (unavailable online).
Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken Recipe
Ginger Turmeric Chicken
Ginger turmeric chicken that is gluten-free and dairy-free and loaded with incredible flavor!
- 2 inches fresh ginger peeled
- 1 inch fresh turmeric peeled (or 1 teaspoon powder turmeric)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari low sodium soy sauce is okay if gluten-free is not needed
- 2 lbs chicken thighs* (boneless skinless)
- Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and process until finely chopped
- Add marinade to 2 lbs chicken thighs in a glass bowl (or ziplock bag) and marinade for overnight in refrigerator
- Heat grill to medium heat
- Remove chicken from marinade and place on the grill turning occasionally until fully cooked, about 10-12 minutes depending on the heat of your grill
Note: preparation time includes overnight marination.
*Note: Did you know that 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are for livestock? That is why I choose to purchase chicken raised without antibiotics.
Tested and delicious substitutions:
- Low sodium soy sauce can be used in place of tamari (recipe will not be gluten-free)
- Coconut aminos can be used in place of tamari if you want a soy-free and gluten-free option