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Turmeric Chicken With Sumac and Lime

Turmeric Chicken With Sumac and Lime

Louisa Shafia
Absolutely incredibly easy and scrumptious Persian recipe for Turmeric Chicken With Sumac and Lime!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 ts ground turmeric
  • 1 ts sea salt
  • 2 ts pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 limes juicy and halved!
  • sumac for garnish


  • In a small bowl, mix the turmeric with 1 ts salt and 2 teaspoons pepper. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with the spice mixture, turning to coat both sides.
    chicken seasoned with turmeric, salt, and pepper
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Brown the chicken well on both sides, about 7 minutes per side. Pour in the water, then add the garlic, stirring it into the water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and cover. Braise the chicken for 25 minutes, until the inside is opaque.
    browning seasoned chicken in a skillet
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving platter, turn up the heat to high, and reduce the cooking liquid for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s slightly thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Dust the chicken with sumac and pepper, garnish with lime halves, and serve.
    Turmeric Chicken With Sumac and Lime and rice


Serve this with rice, preferably Persian rice!
There is also a Vegetarian Option: Use whole portobello mushrooms in place of the chicken, or use 1 pound firm tofu, well drained and cut into slabs 1 inch thick. You will need a little extra oil for searing than what is called for in the recipe.
Keyword Chicken, lime, sumac, turmeric