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a bowl with yellow rice and peas

Turmeric Chicken Rice

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Bright turmeric chicken rice is fluffy and tasty. This recipe is made in one pot with the help of seven simple ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 sweet Vidalia onion large sized, diced
  • 3 chicken breasts approx 1 .5 pound
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice or Basmati
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Heat a large Dutch oven on medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of ghee. Add diced onions and fry till slightly golden.
  • Slice the chicken into bite-size pieces, add to the pot, stir for about two minutes to lightly brown but not completely cook.
  • Rinse the rice till the water turns clear.
  • Add rice, water, turmeric, salt. Stir once, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, turn off the burner, add peas, stir well.


It's important not to stir while rice and chicken are cooking. The rice should have a risotto-like texture when cooked.
Try using a Dutch oven for cooking the chicken and rice. It will hold and distribute heat evenly.
Whether you decide to use white meat or dark meat, make sure the chicken is boneless and skinless. It’s easy to cut and cooks quickly.
If you don’t have long-grain rice on hand for this recipe, adjust the cooking time and amount of water to accommodate medium or short-grain rice.


Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 28gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 722mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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