Easy sticky lemon-turmeric chicken

Sticky lemon turmeric chicken thighs baked in a honey, lemon and turmeric glaze is the perfect easy weeknight dinner served with greens.

Sticky lemon-turmeric chicken

Those of you who have been reading Simply Delicious for a while will know that I am a serious fan of one-pan chicken dishes. It is what I feed my family when I have zero inspiration and even less time and it is what I fall back on weekly when faced with the dreaded “what are we eating for dinner?”. It’s safe to say the Ryders pretty much run on easy chicken dishes, salad and the odd creamy pasta dish or two.

Sticky lemon-turmeric chickenThere has been much talk lately of turmeric and all its many health benefits. Turmeric is something I have loved cooking with for the longest time. Mostly because it gives food a really gorgeous yellow glow but also because I really like its earthy flavour and aroma. Mostly, though, it’s just been an extra I add to my curries. But I’ve been experimenting with it more and more and I have to say, this easy turmeric chicken recipe is one of my favourites.

I love that I can do everything in one pan and that my kids always ask for seconds. Plus we have the added benefits of the turmeric with all its anti-inflammatory properties and the lemon’s alkalising goodness. I mean, we’re pretty much healing ourselves while we eat. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Easy sticky lemon-turmeric chicken

Sticky lemon turmeric chicken thighs baked in a honey, lemon and turmeric glaze is the perfect easy weeknight dinner served with greens.
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Course: Chicken, Dinner, Easy Recipe, Turmeric
Cuisine: Dinner
Keyword: chicken dinner, chicken thighs, easy recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • salt to taste

for the lemon-turmeric glaze/sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200ºc.
  • Brown the chicken thighs in an oven-proof pan on both sides, seasoning generously with salt.
  • Combine the honey, lemon juice, pepper, turmeric and curry powder and mix well.
  • Pour the turmeric mix over the chicken and place in the oven.
  • Allow to cook for 30 minutes, basting with the glaze every 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the glaze has thickened.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.



Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 502mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. I tried this recipe this evening, both myself and my husband enjoyed it. I am going to make it again but I am going to use pork chops and add garlic, maybe double the sauce and serve it over rice and garnish with green onion. It sounds good to me.

  2. The recipe looks absolutely delicious! I have one concern though…will the turmeric and the curry powder permanently stain the inside of the LeCreuset pot? It would be helpful to know in advance if it does so I can use another pot. Thanks!

  3. What temp would you recommend in F – like 400* F?
    Also, how much garlic/ginger/soy would you suggest? Could you add after the glaze thickens?

    1. Yep, 400 should be perfect. I would do a teaspoon each of crushed ginger and garlic and a tablespoon or two of soy. I would add it with the the other glaze ingredients so the garlic and ginger can cook through.

  4. In the photo the thighs look like they have their skins on. Am I right, that you don’t remove the skins before baking? Are they bone-in, as well?

  5. Just made this tonight. It was delicious. I added a splash of soy sauce and fresh garlic and it worked. My husband loved it and so did the kids. Thanks so much!

  6. Made this dish this evening. Really enjoyed it. A bit “earthy ” in flavour with the turmeric. Next time, which will be soon, I’ll add some fresh ginger and a touch of garlic. I might also leave out the curry powder .

    1. The turmeric is very earthy but I quite like it. This would be fantastic with added ginger and garlic and the curry powder will go quite nice with that as well. Will turn it into more of an Indian curry kind of a dish which will be delicious.

  7. Loved the recipe. I used bone in chicken breasts and baked them. They stayed moist, and were a big hit.

  8. This recipe looks delicious. I only have chicken breasts at th moment. Could I make this with chicken breasts instead?

    1. Thanks Jennifer. Absolutely. I wouldn’t bake it though. I would cook the chicken breasts in the pan until they are 80% cooked then add the glaze and just keep it on the stove top, basting with the glaze while cooking the last little bit. Baking it might dry out the chicken breasts too much.

      1. I loved it! My kids couldn’t get enough either and I even had the leftovers the next day for lunch. Excellent recipe!

  9. I love how simple this recipe is. I have all these ingredients in my pantry and fridge so guess what’s for dinner tonight?

      1. We loved this recipe Alida. It will be making a regular appearance in my kitchen because it is so easy and really tasty.