quick and easy ginger turmeric chicken marinade

Ginger Turmeric Chicken

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.

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healthy ginger turmeric chicken recipe gluten-free dairy-free

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!

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

Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken Recipe

quick and easy ginger turmeric chicken marinade
5 from 3 votes

Ginger Turmeric Chicken

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 288 kcal


  • 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)


  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?  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


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

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

  3. This looks super yummy!!! Mmmm

  4. Suzy Karadsheh

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

  5. Love seeing creative ways to use turmeric!

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

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

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