Middle Eastern Turmeric Chicken and Rice

Middle Eastern Turmeric Chicken and Rice

Prep / Cook / Total    -    10 / 45 /55min


For the Chicken

  • 5 skin on, bone in, chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • ½ tbsp of curry
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of black pepper

For the Rice

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Combine the chicken and all the ingredients for the chicken in a large resealable bag, and let marinade for at least 30 minutes (preferably overnight for more flavour).
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • In a large oven-safe skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the chicken in the skillet skin side down and cook until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes), then flip over and cook the other side until golden brown (another 3-5 minutes).
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Remove any black or burnt bits from the pan, and add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions to the skillet with the oregano, turmeric, and cumin. Sauté until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the garlic and basmati rice and sauté for 1 minute, just until the rice begins to turn golden.
  • Add the chicken broth, water, and salt and bring to a simmer. Place the cooked chicken thighs directly on top of the rice and liquid. Once the liquid has begun to simmer, cover with a lid, and transfer to the oven to continue cooking.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with grilled lemon slice and fresh parsley.
  • Serve as is or with Greek yoghurt and fresh kale that has been massaged with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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