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whole30 grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

Grilled Ginger Turmeric Chicken {Whole30, Paleo}

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

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

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.


  1. 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!

  2. Katie Walsh Beck

    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!

  3. 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!)

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

  5. elcitrakale

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

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

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

  8. 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!)

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

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

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

  21. Love seeing creative ways to use turmeric!

  22. Suzy Karadsheh

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

  23. This looks super yummy!!! Mmmm

  24. Maria | halsanutrition

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

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

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