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Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken

Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken

Ginger Turmeric Chicken is one of my family’s favorite summer meals.  The ginger turmeric marinade creates grilled chicken that is super juicy and flavorful. 

This grilled chicken recipe is also perfect for summer cookouts since it can be easily doubled (or tripled!) to feed a crowd.  Plus, it is paleo, Whole30 compatible, gluten-free and keto friendly!

whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

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

whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

Ginger Turmeric Chicken

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ginger turmeric chicken that is gluten-free and dairy-free and loaded with incredible flavor! Plus, this delicious grilled chicken is gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 compatible and keto friendly!


  • 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 boneless skinless chicken thighs*
  • sea salt, to taste
  • sweet red peppers, for garnish (optional)


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


Note: preparation time includes overnight marination.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 37g

*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 guacamole.

Tested and delicious substitutions for the ginger turmeric marinade:

  • Use low sodium tamari instead 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
  • Lemon juice can be used in place of apple cider vinegar

Other delicious grilled chicken recipes you may enjoy:

Whole30 grilled lemon garlic chicken recipe
Sheet Pan whole30 chicken shawarma recipe

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whole30 compatible grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

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


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I've used this one a few times on our BBQ but what would be the temp and cooking time with a gas over in convection mode?


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hi Owen! I like to roast this ginger turmeric chicken in at 425 degrees F in convection mode. On a baking sheet in my oven, it takes about 20 minutes. I often add veggies for an easy one pan meal. Recipe link: Enjoy!

Anne Lawton

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

ohh I love that marinade - so full of flavor!

Tessa the Domestic Diva

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

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!


Wednesday 16th of May 2018

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!).

Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

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!


Tuesday 19th of June 2018

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!

Katie Walsh Beck

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

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.


Tuesday 15th of May 2018

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!

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