easy gluten-free ginger turmeric chicken marinade

Ginger Turmeric Chicken

Meredith 9:44 am

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 well if you plan to feed a crowd or want to meal-prep and freeze super-easy future meals.

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healthy ginger turmeric chicken recipe gluten-free dairy-free

I like using boneless, skinless chicken thighs in this ginger turmeric marinade.  The thighs stay juicy and showcase the flavors of the marinade well.  However, chicken breasts, shrimp, and tofu are delicious when prepared with this marinade.  Just make sure to shorten the grill time appropriately so they don’t dry out!

easy gluten-free ginger turmeric marinade

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 was adapted from a Sur La Table cooking class recipe (unavailable online).

Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken Recipe

5 from 4 votes
easy gluten-free ginger turmeric chicken marinade
Ginger Turmeric Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
12 hrs 25 mins

Ginger turmeric chicken that is gluten-free and dairy-free and loaded with incredible flavor!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Peruvian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 288 kcal
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled)
  • 1 inch piece 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)
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and process until finely chopped
  2. Add marinade to 2 lbs chicken thighs in a glass bowl (or ziplock bag) and marinade for overnight in refrigerator
  3. Heat grill to medium heat
  4. 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
Recipe Notes

Note: preparation time includes overnight marination.

*Note: Did you know that 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are for livestock?  This 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

Nutrition information (per serving, 6 servings):

  • 241 calories
  • 0 g added sugar
  • 0 g fiber
  • 30 g protein
  • 367 mg sodium
  • 13 g fat

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  1. Yummy, I’ve been going to a ginger and turmeric kick lately. I will have to make this for dinner soon.

  2. I love that you use ginger and turmeric…sounds delicious!

  3. Love seeing creative ways to use turmeric!

  4. Suzy Karadsheh

    I love turmeric! This is a great way to use it!

  5. This looks super yummy!!! Mmmm

  6. Oh yum! I love the ginger and turmeric combo too! Sounds like a delicious dish!

  7. Love that ginger and turmeric are so on trend right now! I hope they don’t go anywhere!

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