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!

If you make this turmeric maple chicken, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Turmeric Maple Chicken


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3

Description

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!


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Add oil to a cast iron skillet and turn heat on medium/medium-high heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Add all three pieces of chicken to the skillet and sear for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  5. While chicken is searing combine maple syrup, tamari, garlic, turmeric and black pepper in a small bowl.
  6. Once both sides of the chicken are seared, carefully pour maple turmeric sauce over chicken and toss to coat.
  7. 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!

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top/Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

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

If you make this maple turmeric chicken let me know how it turns out in the comment section or share a photo on social media. Just be sure to tag me (@eatingbirdfood + #eatingbirdfood) so that I see it!

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. Wow! i made this for a salad and my husband and I could not stop eating it as we were meal prepping. So good and so easy! This will be on our regular rotation for sure!

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