Ayam Panggang Kunyit (Turmeric Grilled Chicken)

It wasn’t that difficult to remember what my next post was going to be about this morning.  As I sat down to type my hands were still stained a bright yellow from the previous day’s adventures with fresh turmeric roots.  I’ve been wanting to try a dish with fresh turmeric for a while now and since I managed to find some at Basha International Foods yesterday I was all set.


Now…where did I put that recipe? Oh yes! My fellow blogger and Malaysian food lover Biren from Roti n Rice had posted a recipe for Ayam (Chicken) Panggang (Grilled) Kunyit (Turmeric) that had me salivating. The chicken looked so beautiful and I’ve heard a lot about the natural benefits of Turmeric so I placed this dish on my ‘to do’ list straight away.  Just now as I’ve checked her post for the link back I’ve noticed she suggested wearing a pair of rubber gloves….haha! too late!


Really though, getting everything stained yellow is probably the most difficult thing about making this dish. All the recipe calls for is four knobs of turmeric, salt, pepper, and oil.  Mash it all up with a mortar and pestle, throw it into a marinating bag and add chicken, making sure to massage the paste onto all the pieces of chicken for even coverage. Let sit for at least an hour and grill. I chose to take the skin off my chicken thighs but you don’t have to.


022Going forward with the yellow theme, I made saffron rice to eat with the chicken and sauteed some green beans with some cherry tomatoes, both from my garden.


The chicken had a really fresh, earthy and slightly spicy flavour and was well received by the family. I made sure to do the dishes in the stainless steel laundry room sink instead of my white porcelain kitchen sink.

Many thanks to Biren for the recipe, next time I will be sure to follow your advice and wear gloves!


  1. krumkaker

    That looks delicious! I optimistically bought fresh turmeric recently, but have absolutely no idea how to cook with it….. so thanks for the inspiration!

  2. krumkaker

    PS I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award (see http://krumkaker.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/the-versatile-blogger-award/ ). It is just a little sign of appreciation. Entirely up to you if you would like to accept. Thanks again for sharing these great recipes.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      How lovely and very thoughtful of you. Thank you so much 🙂
      This is my first award! What do I do?

      1. krumkaker

        Oh, but well deserved! It is just a small way to share appreciation to fellow bloggers. I looked up the guidelines, listed below. 15 nominations seems a lot, I have also seen just 3 to 7 nominated. It is up to you, no need to do anything unless you feel like it.

        Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging
        Let the nominated bloggers know that they have been nominated for this award
        Share 7 random facts about yourself
        Thank the blogger who has nominated you
        Add the Versatile Award picture to your post

  3. foodisthebestshitever

    Tumeric chicken is my wiffy’s all time fave… Love that shit!!!

  4. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    I am glad your family enjoyed the dish. It is one of our favorites. Fresh turmeric gives the chicken a wonderful flavor. Thanks for the link back. 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank YOU for the recipe. My fingers are finally now back to normal 🙂

  5. andmorefood

    this looks fantastic!

  6. chefkim1968

    wow where did you find fresh turmeric? Lucky you!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Once in a while I luck out. I have found it at our Co op rarely but I mostly get it at the Farmer’s Market.

  7. jess meddows

    Fresh turmeric is such a fantastic ingredient. This chicken dish looks delicious!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      For the amount of effort put into this dish (minimal!) it has amazing flavours and is so good for you.

  8. ceecee

    I’ve never used fresh tumeric but want to try it now! I have a new Indian cookbook so lots of recipes to chose from – and this one looks amazing too!

  9. Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

    Oh wow this recipe looks SO good! I have never even thought of cooking with a turmeric root (I actually didn’t even really realize it was a root haha), so I love it when I come across recipes like this! I learned something new and am now craving something delicious! 🙂

  10. Kristy @ she eats

    is it weird that I love when ingredients stain my hands? it makes me feel like a painter, but afterwards I get to eat the art. albeit bad art. but still.

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