Gluten Free, Savoury

Turmeric Chicken Rice

This quick version chicken rice is a comforting dish that is also good for you! Peering into the fridge today, I saw leftover turmeric rice which I had made the night before… adding turmeric is good for helping with digestion and is also an anti-Inflammatory, not to mention it adds great color to your meals! This was so deliciously moorish – a huge hit with the family!

SHOP: olive oil | serrano chilli pepper | gluten free soy sauce | chicken stock paste | salt | pepper

Turmeric Chicken Rice

Servings 6


  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 Tb freshly grated ginger
  • 1 head garlic peeled and crushed
  • 8 boneless chicken thighs diced into 2cm cubes
  • 1 green Serrano chilli pepper sliced thinly
  • 2 Tb gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 Tb chicken stock paste (I use ‘Better than Bullion’ brand)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 bak choy or any asian leafy greens
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *cold turmeric rice see note
  • fresh coriander leaves and stalks chopped finely


  1. Prepare all the ingredients before you begin cooking.
  2. Separate the leaves from the stalks of the bak choy. Slice the stalks at 1cm intervals and the leaves at 2cm intervals, keeping them separate.

  3. Add oil and diced onion to a hot wok, sauté for 2 mins.

  4. Add the ginger and garlic, give it a quick stir, then add in the chicken. Saute, without stirring too much so the chicken has time to sit on the surface of the wok and brown. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. When the chicken is almost cooked through, add the chilli, soy sauce and chicken stock paste and give a quick toss.

  6. Add the water and bak choy stalks, stir and cook for 2 mins.

  7. Stir through the leaves. Add in the cold rice and gently mix in evenly. Sprinkle generously with coriander to serve.

Recipe Notes

*To make the Turmeric Rice
2 cups jasmine rice
2 cups chicken stock
2Tb turmeric

Place rice into a medium size pot. Rinse the rice 3-4 times with cold running tap water until the water runs reasonably clear. Drain excess water.
Add chicken stock and turmeric, mix and cover with a tight fitting lid. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, set a timer for 15mins. Turn off the heat but DO NOT remove the lid. Allow to steam for 10 mins before removing the lid to fluff with a fork. Refrigerate rice overnight.