Maple Turmeric Chicken



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Perfectly sweet and savory, this maple turmeric chicken is a delicious way to give your body an extra anti-inflammatory boost. Great for meal prep! Gluten-free.

Overhead shot of maple turmeric chicken in cast-iron skillet, white background.

Lately I’ve been all about meal prepping and have figured out a batch cooking system that works amazingly well for our needs. Typically I plan 1-2 days a week, one over the weekend and one mid-week, to cook up a few staples that we can use to toss together meals throughout the week. This includes lots of veggies, whole grains and a few protein options.

Raw chicken lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Chicken seems to be one of our go-to protein options because it’s lean and easy to cook up. Over the summer we make grilled chicken almost weekly (this apple cider vinegar chicken recipe is one of our favs).

But now that fall is here and the weather is getting chilly it makes sense to move our cooking indoors and bust out the good ol’ cast iron skillet. That’s where this recipe comes into play.

Maple turmeric chicken lightly seasoned in the cast iron skillet.

Seared chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet is pretty similar to grilled chicken because you still get that crisp exterior, which let’s be real, is the best part.

Chicken fully seasoned with maple syrup and ground turmeric in the cast iron skillet.

That said, the exciting thing about this recipe isn’t just the seared factor. It’s the delicious maple turmeric sauce that is used to glaze the chicken while it finishes cooking in the oven. This combo is sweet and savory, with a bonus of anti-inflammatory benefits from the turmeric powder.

It’s such a mouth-watering combo… and it takes less than 20 minutes to cook up. We can’t get enough of it.

Maple turmeric chicken fully cooked in the cast iron skillet.

Since coming up with the recipe we’ve already made this chicken as part of our weekly meal prep a handful of times and I don’t see an end in sight. It’s such a great protein option for quick salads and bowl meals. Speaking of, be on the lookout for a new salad recipe using this maple turmeric chicken. I’ll be sharing it for Salad Sunday this week!

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4.76 from 29 votes

Turmeric Maple Chicken

Perfectly sweet and savory, this maple turmeric chicken is a delicious way to give your body an extra anti-inflammatory boost. Great for meal prep!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, about 3 breasts
  • 1/2 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Add oil to a cast iron skillet and turn heat on medium/medium-high heat.
  • Pat chicken dry and season with sea salt and black pepper. At this point your oil should be hot and the chicken should sizzle when added to the skillet.
  • Add all three pieces of chicken to the skillet and sear for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • While chicken is searing combine maple syrup, tamari, garlic, turmeric and black pepper in a small bowl.
  • Once both sides of the chicken are seared, carefully pour maple turmeric sauce over chicken and toss to coat.
  • Move skillet from the stovetop into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked throughout. Serve warm and enjoy!


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Perfectly sweet and savory, this maple turmeric chicken is a delicious way to give your body an extra anti-inflammatory boost. Great for meal prep!

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    1. Yes, that should be just fine. The cook time might vary though. And you can use any pan that is oven-safe.

    1. So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Liz! Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

  1. 5 stars
    easy to make, great flavor. I made with chicken tenders I had on hand. I will definitely be making this again soon!

    1. Woo!! Happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Krista! Thanks for the review and star rating. It means so much to me!

    1. Oh this is a great idea, I have not tested this marinade with tofu but I am sure it will be delicious. Let me know how it works out if you give it a try!

  2. 5 stars
    So good and super easy to make with ingredients I already had. Added leftover chopped chicken to an omelet with spinach and it was so flavourful!

  3. 5 stars
    This sauce!! 🤤 Absolutely loved this recipe. I used x4 big boneless skinless chicken thighs and one of my large stainless pans and cooked it a little longer in the oven. It was perfect, I wanted to lick the sauce out of the pan before washing it lol. Thanks Brittany, will be making this one on repeat!

    1. WOO! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Jackie. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my new go-to chicken recipe! So simple to make and so beyond good! Thanks as usual for the amazing recipe!

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