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whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken {Whole30, Paleo}

This Ginger Turmeric Chicken is one of my family’s favorite summer meals.  The ginger turmeric marinade creates grilled chicken that is juicy and intensely flavorful.  The recipe is also perfect for summer cookouts since it can be easily doubled (or tripled!) to feed a crowd.

whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

This versatile ginger turmeric marinade is dairy-free, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant!

When grilling, I typically use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.  Thighs stay juicy and showcase the flavors of this ginger turmeric marinade well.  However, chicken breasts, shrimp, and even tofu are delicious when prepared with this marinade.  Just be sure to adjust the grilling time accordingly!

ingredients for paleo ginger turmeric chicken marinade


Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken Recipe

4.92 from 23 votes
whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe
Ginger Turmeric Chicken {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free & Whole30 Compliant}
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: American
Keyword: healthy turmeric grilled chicken recipe
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 apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (low sodium tamari or soy sauce can also be used)
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs * (boneless skinless)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • sweet red peppers (optional, to garnish)
Prepare Marinade
  1. Combine ginger, turmeric, garlic, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and coconut aminos in a food processor or blender.  Process to make a thick paste

  2. Add marinade to 2 lbs chicken thighs in a glass bowl (or ziplock bag) and marinade overnight in refrigerator

Grill Ginger Turmeric Chicken
  1. Heat gas grill to medium heat

  2. Remove chicken from marinade and place on the grill turning occasionally until fully cooked, about 12-14 minutes depending on the heat of your grill

  3. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and serve

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.

Ginger Turmeric Chicken serving suggestions

For a simple summer meal, I typically serve this grilled chicken on a bed of organic baby spinach along with a side of cauliflower rice or quinoa.  The grilled ginger turmeric chicken is also delicious when served with a creamy cilantro lime sauce or dairy-free cilantro lime crema.

Tested and delicious substitutions for the ginger turmeric marinade:

  • Low sodium tamari can be used in place of coconut aminos (recipe will be gluten-free, but not Whole30 compatible)
  • Low sodium soy sauce can be used in place of coconut aminos (recipe will not be gluten-free or Whole30 compatible)
  • White distilled vinegar can be used in place of apple cider vinegar

Nutrition information (per serving, 6 servings):

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

This recipe was originally published on June 28, 2017.  The recipe has since been updated with refreshed photos and enhanced recipe instructions.


  1. ohh I love that marinade – so full of flavor!

  2. I made this for dinner last night using bone in chicken thighs! It was super yummy, and will go into my meal prep marinade mix!!! Thanks!

    • Tessa – I am so glad you enjoyed it! The ginger + turmeric combo is definitely one of my favorites! And I love that you used bone-in chicken thighs… they add sooo much flavor (not to mention all the goodness from the bones!).

  3. What a great way to get more turmeric in! I’m pretty much grilling every meal now with the warmer weather, so I can’t wait to try this out, it looks packed with flavor!

    • Thanks Kari! We grill frequently too in the summer! I usually double this turmeric chicken recipe as the leftovers are delicious on greens for quick salad meal in the week! I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

  4. I will be putting this in my Whole30 recipe file for sure. I love adding a little spice to my meals – especially when doing a Whole30.

    • I hope you like it Katie! This chicken was a staple during my recent Whole30! But we eat it all the time now because it is an easy, healthy meal everyone likes!

  5. I agree that thighs are best! Your marinade looks so yummy!

    • Yes Megan! I am always so disappointed when I grill chicken breasts and am not 100% watching them. This recipe is very forgiving if you happen to get distracted while grilling (like I always seem to!)

  6. Cumin, ginger, turmeric… my favorite flavors! This looks awesome!

  7. LOve the fact you use the spices that İ love. summer is knocking the door..İ should bring this outside! 🙂

  8. Oh yum yum, this marinade looks fabulous and I love how versatile it is. Perfect for meal prepping to use through the week!

  9. I’m always on the lookout for great grilling recipes to feed a crowd. I’m pinning this one to save!

  10. I love using chicken thighs like this bc they pack so much flavor with that little bit of extra fat. I try to incorporate turmeric whenever I can so this is a must try!

    • Thanks Karen – I have even made this recipe with bone-in with-skin thighs and it is AMAZING! (just a little harder to cut up for the littles… but the flavor is unbeatable!)

  11. Love the spice combo! I love ginger and turmeric together, and I’m excited to fire up the grill for this.

  12. I am so excited to add this to my BBQ repertoire!! Always looking for different marinades to try. this one looks awesome!

  13. I love easy and nutritious marinades like this! It sounds delicious!

  14. I love that you use chicken thighs here. I feel like they are so underutilized, but they are really great pieces of meat when cooked right. I can’t wait to make these tonight.

  15. Anne Murphy

    That marinade sounds wonderful! I love ginger, but tend to fall into ruts in the way I use it – this is a bit different for me.

  16. Wow, I love the ginger turmeric marinade. So flavorful! Using the fresh turmeric adds amazing flavor.

  17. You’re speaking my language with this marinade. Ginger and turmeric are awesome flavors for grilled chicken!

  18. I absolutely love ginger and turmeric blend. It’s one of my favorite spice combo EVER. This chicken must taste heavenly good. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

    • Natalie – this is, hands down, my favorite marinade! The chicken is so flavorful, everyone in our family just adores it! I always make extra so we can enjoy it during the week on salads for a simple meal. I hope you enjoy it too!

  19. Love this for a meal prep idea! We eat a lot of leftovers since everyone is always home at different times. The idea of grilling up chicken that will keep its flavor for a couple meals is definitely something we look for – especially the tumeric and ginger combo!

  20. Definitely going to need to try this recipe! Looks like a great way to mix up making large batches of chicken breast for weekly meal prep.

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

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

  23. Love seeing creative ways to use turmeric!

  24. Suzy Karadsheh

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

  25. This looks super yummy!!! Mmmm

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

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

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