If turmeric is the workhorse of our spice cabinet, this dead simple and flavorful turmeric chicken dish is the workhorse of our weeknights. It’s the dish Drew consistently makes for the girls whenever I travel, and it’s the dish my mother would prepare when she didn’t want to think about what to cook. Everyday Turmeric Chicken is as perfect for a weeknight meal as it is for an impromptu dinner party. You can take the meat off the drumsticks when serving or serve on the bone, as we do, so the kids (and the adults) can gnaw on and suck out all the lovely mustardy yellow and lemony juices. You can ask your butcher to remove the chicken skin or do it yourself easily: hold the bottom of the drumstick with a paper towel with one hand as you slip the skin off with a paper towel with the other hand.
Use this recipe as your canvas and add to it as you like. A few sprigs of rosemary can add a fresh, earthy note, or stir in a little tomato paste (maybe with a little more water) for a richer red sauce. Put on a simple kateh-style steamed rice or Sheveed Polo—Dill Rice, or toss together a quick ends-and-bits salad, and call it a night.