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Published on January 16, 2014

Chicken Thighs with Honey Spiced Rice

January 16, 2014

TumericTurmeric is touted for its amazing anti-inflammatory effects plus strong support for digestive wellness.  From an aesthetic view it is a beautiful golden color thanks to the rich anti-oxidant compound called curcumin.

So how do you incorporate this earthy flavored spice in your everyday cooking? Its earthy flavor does not dominate so it really can dance with many foods. It shows off its color by giving everything a beautiful golden hue -- including you and your cutting boards or utensils!

Add it to grains, soup, stew or the next sauté. Sprinkle it over an open faced sandwich then place under the broiler for great eye appeal.  A pinch or two in an egg white omelet or tofu scramble gives it a great golden color and perhaps more appetizing look. Create a delicious warm tea combining it with ginger, black pepper and sweetened with honey or maple syrup and a slice of lemon; warms you all over.

Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of dry powder turmeric to hummus either homemade or purchased.

It is referred to poor man’s saffron as it lends a similar golden color as saffron gives to dishes.


Chicken Thighs with Honey Spiced Rice


  • 6 meaty chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 – 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh Black pepper ground
  • ¾ cup brown basmati rice
  • 1 ½ cup water


Preheat oven to 350⁰.

In large oven proof casserole or dutch oven heat pan over medium add olive oil – sauté onion until soft – add chicken and cook until golden. Remove chicken and onions to a plate- set aside.

Add water to the pan to deglaze, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the brown bits.  Add tomatoes, spices, honey, salt and pepper cook until begins to simmer.

Add rice and water – stir bring up to a simmer, add chicken and onions.  Place cover on pan and bake for 1 hour covered until rice is tender.

Jo Cessna
Healthy Culinary Instructor

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