Curried Turkey Chili Recipe

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This Curried Turkey Chili saved my sanity.

One of the hardest parts about parenthood is discipline. When your child pushes all your buttons at once and dances on your last nerve all in the same second, it’s really hard not to lose it. Yet somehow, you take a deep breath and cooly manage the situation. Parents everywhere deserve medals for this. I’m convinced of it. And I think it’s safe to say that my very own mother was nothing less than an absolute saint for putting up with my temper tantrums as a child. Man, could I scream!

Clean Eating Coconut Curry Turkey Chili shown up close in a white bowl. You can see the bits of chili in red sauce with peas throughout.

Now that Mini Chef is getting older, I’m realizing that he has inherited my lungs. In fact, I’m quite certain that when he is screaming and jumping up and down as hard as he possibly can (my apologies to the downstairs neighbor!!) that people at the north pole can hear him. Lord, that child has his moments. But then, I guess we all do.

To handle the stress of a recent tantrum, I decided it would be best if I let him scream and simply focus on getting dinner prepared. After all, we all need a few minutes to ourselves to just scream every once in a while, right? I knew he was safe in his bedroom, and I knew that the kitchen was the only place in the house that would keep me calm, so I got to work.

By the time his temper tantrum was finished, I had a lovely pot of Clean Eating Coconut Curry Turkey Chili for dinner. And thankfully, putting a little food in his belly calmed him down even further. Food is good for that, and cooking is good therapy.

Thankfully he calmed down and ate his dinner. We hugged and said I love you, and the evening progressed without incident. Thank goodness for a good ol’ pot of chili.

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Curried Turkey Chili

This Indian-inspired dish is the perfect recipe for dinner at home.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1½ lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 30 oz. tomato sauce (I used canned with no sugar added)
  • 1 lb. green peas (OR 1 cup shredded carrots)
  • 1 cup red onion (chopped for measuring)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 15 oz. light coconut milk (canned)


  • In a medium to large soup pot, brown the turkey in the olive oil.
  • Once the meat is browned, add in all other ingredients and simmer until the meat is fully cooked.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 1583mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1865IU | Vitamin C: 60.9mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 6.4mg

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. This sounds great, nice and easy. I do have to comment that the nutrition/calorie count is way off. For example, calories for the whole recipe are listed as 247 but the turkey alone would have over 700 calories and 18 grams fat. I assume the count is for a specific portion size?

  2. Shelley B says:

    Hi Tiffany! Thanks for another great recipe. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. I was curious though, what brand of tomato sauce do you use? The last time I made chili I used marinara sauce (sugar free) and it didn’t taste that good. Thanks for your help!

    1. Tomato sauce and marinara are two different things. The tomato sauce I bought was from Trader Joe’s. Their own brand.

  3. Hi I’m in Australia and just trying to determine what I would buy for Tomato Sauce. Our Tomato Sauce comes in bottles and is a condiment similar to your ketchup. We have tomato paste that is available in cans, would this be what I need?

    1. If it’s the very thick stuff, you can use that and add a little water until it becomes more of a somewhat-thick pancake batter consistency.

  4. This looks great, we will try it tomorrow. I just recently found your blog via Facebook and I love it! I appreciate how you’ve broken something so overwhelming into simple steps. Thank you!

  5. I love reading all if your recipes- they inspire me to coninue to eat better. I made a “clean” turkey chili recipe this week. It would be awesome to take the leftovers to work in the crockpot container you are giving away 😉

  6. Julianne McKenna-De Lumen says:

    You have so many amazing recipes that I want to try. I think I shall start with this one tomorrow night. Thank-you for sharing. 🙂

  7. I’ve been following for a while now in an attempt to simply make healthier choices. I’ve been on every commercial diet imaginable in the past 25 years. It’s nice to have recipes that are just real food. Thank you!

  8. nancy cole says:

    This is one of my new favorites! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I served some leftovers over roasted sweet potatoes yesterday — double yummy!!

  9. Kathy Trithardt says:

    This looks fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Loved this recipe! I also added a bag of frozen stir-fry-style veggies in addition to the peas – really set it off well! My hubby put it over brown rice, and it was a perfect meal. Thanks!

  11. I added leftover steamed cauliflower I needed to get out of my fridge and it was fabulous. Like that it makes so much and the whole family loves it!

  12. Jayne Lein says:

    Just wondering how many people this will feed? Thanks!

    1. Jayne – I would safely say 3-4 people for 1 meal. Depends though on if this is the main course or if you’ll be serving other things as well. If this is just a side dish, then I would say 6-8.

  13. I live in a small studio that does not have a stove. Can I put all of the ingredients into my crockpot and let cook all day? My biggest concern is the turkey cooking all the way. Thanks for all of the great recipes!

    1. Darce – In theory, yes. However, you would want to brown the meat first and you won’t want to cook it all day. It will get overcooked. Raw meat generally cooks in 4-6 hours. When you brown it, it’s closer to the 4 hour mark.

  14. I ended up making this with seitan for a vegetarian version. I am still not certain if seitan would be considered a “clean” ingredient, but I decided that it is clean enough for me if I make it myself. (At it’s most basic, it is just vital wheat gluten, water, and whatever herbs or broth you use to flavor it.) It was not quite as flavorful as I imagine the chili must be with turkey – but everyone loved it! I think next time I will add a tablespoon or two of clean BBQ sauce (if that exists).

  15. OMG…I just found (and made!) this recipe, and I’m so glad I did! I cook for myself, and I honestly didn’t mind eating it for 5 days straight at work. SO GOOD! Thank you very much for everything you give us on this website…keep up the good work! 🙂

  16. To eat clean avoid canned tomatoes. The acid in tomatoes releases the Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the can lining. Try jarred or make your own.

  17. How could I modify this to use whole coconut milk rather than light?

  18. If you are in Australia tomato purée is available in a can is the a perfect replacement for American tinned tomato sauce

  19. Should this be more than 1 tbsp of curry powder? Asking as I see the recipe has an s, so thought it may need to be more than 1, and I am also currently making it and needed to add more curry powder.

    1. Kristen – Sorry for the confusion. I only added 1 tbsp, but you can add more if you like.

  20. I just made this tonight and OH MY it was so yummy!! Everyone in my family loved it and asked for seconds and that almost never happens. I didn’t have peas, so I used black beans and added carrots. This recipe is going to be used many many times!

  21. I just tossed this in a pot on the stove for dinner tonight. I didn’t have all the correct ingredients so I improvised. Using leftover cut up turkey i had in the freezer, black beans instead of peas, 1-8 oz can tomato sauce, 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes. Leaving out the onion (for now) and adding chopped red peppers. Wish me luck. I’ll let you know if my tweaked version turns out ok. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Hello..

    I just wanted to let you know that I found this recipe about six months ago while doing a whole30. It has since become a regular dinner of ours and a recipe that I pass along. Its not only good for you but goes great over rice for company as well. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  23. Oh, and I forgot to add. The only think I’ve changed in the recipe is instead of two cans of tomato sauce I use one can of sauce and one can of diced tomatoes. I like to have it a little chunkier.

  24. How many servings is this please 🙂 xx

  25. Terri Axtell says:

    Loved this one! Will make again. Added Chickpeas. Yum!

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