A Taste of the Middle East
Pretty as a picture, this middle eastern spiced ground chicken dish is served over vibrant and healthy turmeric rice along with a creamy and garlicky sauce.
A perfect weeknight meal, all the components can also be made in advance over the weekend to meal prep for the week.
Turmeric has a rich, deep orange color and has been used in traditional medicine in China and India for centuries. With its natural polyphenol compound called curcumin, it adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to food. Earthy, with a pleasantly bitter flavor, the turmeric in the rice enhances the flavor of the spices in the chicken, so BE BRAVE and try this rice instead of a plain white or brown rice for other dishes too.
In this recipe, the toasted pine nuts add amped up crunch factor, and the Piri-Piri sauce adds a nice spicy zing. The spice mix (see Chef Note) is a great one to make and keep in the pantry. Use it as a rub to boost the flavor of a simple grilled chicken, roasted cauliflower, carrots, or sautéed chickpeas and so much more.
Chicken and Rice Bowl – Turkish Style
(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)
2 tablespoons O&V Unflavored EVOO (divided) *
1 cup rice
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¾ cup water
Spring onions, thinly sliced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground chicken
¼ cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon Middle Eastern Spice Mix (See chef note)
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons O&V Allioli Sauce *
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Minced Parsley for garnish
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts for garnish
1 tomato, deseeded and chopped or ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
Drizzle of O&V Piri-Piri Sauce (optional and to taste) *
Lemon Wedges for serving
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a small pot with a lid to make the rice. Add the turmeric and mix well over medium heat. Add the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add the ¾ cup of water along with a big pinch of salt and cracked pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is fully cooked.
In the meantime, in a separate skillet, heat the remaining EVOO. Add the sliced spring onions and sauté till fragrant and translucent (but not browned) – about 1-2 minutes. Add the ground chicken and minced garlic, and cook until chicken is browned, about 4-5 minutes (breaking up the pieces). Add the spice mix, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cook an additional minute, and add the stock. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer, stirring regularly until browned and aromatic.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, Allioli sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add water (½ teaspoon at a time) till the sauce is of drizzling consistency. Chop tomatoes and parsley. Lightly toast pine nuts in a dry pan over low heat till slightly browned.
Fluff the rice with a fork and divide between 3 or 4 bowls. Top with the ground chicken and chopped tomatoes. Drizzle generously with the prepared Allioli Sauce and garnish with minced parsley and toasted pine nuts.
Serve with a wedge of lemon and a drizzle of Piri-Piri sauce (if using). Additionally, you can serve with warm pita bread.
Active time 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
This spice mix is a great one to have on hand. Flavorful and aromatic it can be added to meat, chicken or even rubbed on a whole cauliflower before roasting.
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon O&V Smoked Paprika
¼ teaspoon all-spice
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
Combine together to make my version of a Middle Eastern Spice Mix.
You will have more than needed for this recipe, so you can use the remaining mix to make some of the other suggestions above or to make this recipe again!
* A high quality Unflavored EVOO adds a nice healthy fat to this recipe. The Allioli sauce is a fabulous garlicky emulsion that is hard to replicate. The Piri-Piri Sauce adds nice flavor and heat to the dish but may be substituted with your favorite hot sauce.
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