January 24, 2020

Turmeric & Orange Sauced Chicken Thighs

Recipe: Eshun Mott

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

For a completely different flavor using essentially the same method, cook chicken thighs with onions, spices, white wine, orange juice and raisins. Serve with couscous or rice.


  • 1 3⁄4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 3″ piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup strained fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or sodium-free chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups baby spinach, cut into pieces


Yield: Serves 4

Brown Chicken

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In large skillet or sauté pan on medium- high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl.
  2. Working in batches, add chicken and sear for 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, or until lightly golden on both sides. When seared, remove thighs from pan and set aside.

Sauté Additional Ingredients And Braise Chicken

  1. Add remaining oil and onions to pan and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned. Add garlic, ginger and spices, and sauté for 1 more minute.
  2. Add wine and orange juice, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until reduced by a third. Add chicken stock, raisins and reserved chicken thighs in single layer (liquid should come almost up to top of chicken).
  3. Bring liquid to a simmer and cover pan most of the way. Simmer gently for 8 to 10 minutes, turning meat once, or until cooked through. Remove chicken from pan.

Finish Sauce And Serve

  1. Turn heat up to medium-high and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, or until sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
  2. Add butter and baby spinach, and stir until melted and spinach has wilted. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Return chicken to sauce and serve.

Stacey Brandford


House & Home January 2020