Chicken Breasts with Turmeric, Shallots and Orange

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Turmeric is said to be one of the spices that are most helpful in reducing inflammation in the body.  Eating to reduce inflammation is not only beneficial to those with an inflammatory auto immune condition but also plays a large role in cardiovascular health.  So be bold and add some turmeric to your food.

This recipe has a bit of a Moroccan flavor to it with the use of both turmeric and cinnamon.  Pairing with the oranges and fresh herbs balances out the flavors for a savory dish with just a touch of sweetness.

 Chicken Breasts with Turmeric, Shallots and Orange

4 bone in chicken breasts (or thighs)

2 large shallots, minced

1 clove garlic

2 teaspoons olive oil or butter

2 oranges in total (one for zesting and juice and one for slicing)

Juice from zested orange

1 Tbs fresh thyme leaves (or parsley)

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp cinnamon

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Splash of soy sauce


  • Chop shallots, garlic, thyme (or parsley)
  • Peel and chop zest.  This is one of the rare times I do not use a microplane for zest because I prefer the coarser texture.
  • In a very small pan heat oil or butter, then add shallots, garlic and zest.  Sauté on low heat until shallots begin to soften.
  • Add spices and combine, heat until fragrance is released.

Put mixture aside to cool.

Slice the other orange into very thin rounds

For each chicken breast or thigh, lift up the skin and put 1 teaspoon of the shallot mixture under each piece.  Then add two orange slices under the skin, on top of the shallot mixture.

Seasons breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.

Brown chicken pieces in a heavy pan then bake on a foil lined baking sheet at 375 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes depending on the size of chicken pieces.  Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

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While chicken is baking prepare the pan sauce.

Heat pan that was used to brown chicken.  Deglaze with orange juice and the soy sauce.  Reduce to desired consistency and set aside.

When chicken is done, remove from oven, place on a platter and rest for at least 10 minutes.  Pour any juices collected at bottom of platter into your sauce.

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Arthritis Kitchen Tips:

  • To avoid staining, keep your Turmeric in a small container with a shaker top.  Also makes it easy to use.
  • Sautéing the aromatics and the spices brings out the natural oils in the spices and enhances their aroma and flavor.

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Posted on April 17, 2013, in Anti-imflammatory ingredients, Foods Known to Help Arthritis, Recipes / Cooking, Tips for Cooking with Arthritis, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. arthritiskitchen

    Wow! Cold leftovers of this chicken was amazing in a sandwich. I highly recommend it.

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