This is one of my creations that I made up up at the spur of the moment. I had a whole chicken on hand, and what to do with it? Well, why not cook it in a sauce that I haven’t done before? Turmeric came to mind. Turmeric, as a spice, and medicine, has been used for thousands of years. As a medicine, it’s  been used for pain management and to aid in digestive issues. It is a major ingredient in curry powder. It’s mildly fragrant and has a slight ginger-like taste. I’ve used it many times to enhance and add color to a variety of dishes So, I paired it on its own with chicken. This result was marvelous: chicken cooked in said  sauce and, as we did it, served over quinoa. You can also serve it with rice or  couscous,  even over pasta. With a light red wine such as Valpolicella, Barbera or Beaujolais (slightly   chilled), it hits the spot.



1 fryer chicken, 2½ to 3 pounds, cut into serving pices
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon turmeric


  1. Rinse chickens pieces under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic. Pour over the chicken and rub seasoning thoroughly into chicken parts. Set aside.
  3.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pot or saucepan over low heat.
  4.  Add flour and whisk for 5 minutes.
  5.  Add chicken broth, and whisk over medium heat, until the mixture starts to thicken and bubble, about 5-7 minutes.
  6.  Add chicken, tomato paste and turmeric. Stir to combine. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.
    Yield: -6-4 servings