Curried Turkey Chili Recipe

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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Clean Eating Coconut & Curry Turkey Chili Recipe

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


  • 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

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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  1. 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.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Please do!

  2. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Imoana – That’s awesome! I’m so happy you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. 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.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Imoana – Nice switch! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. How many servings is this please ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rosie – 8 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Terri Axtell says:

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

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Terri – Fantastic! The chickpeas sound wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you, light isn’t clean so I’ll opt for whole fat, I also make my own
    Sauce, looking forward to making this.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Robyn – Actually, from what I’ve learned, the light version is clean, which is why I use it. But either will taste good here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I made a pot of this for my fit meals during the week. It tastes amazing. Thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Olahh – That’s awesome!! So happy you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€