Turmeric Chicken Rub Recipe

This turmeric chicken rub will keep another night of chicken from being boring!

I love the spices and aromas of Indian food. Something about them is just so comforting, healing and soothing to my soul.

Clean Eating Indian Style Turmeric Chicken Rub

I’ve been trying to incorporate more turmeric into my eating plan simply because it’s so beneficial to the body on so many levels. It’s also pretty tasty if it’s used correctly and the vibrant color is fun to play with. I needed a new way to prepare my slow cooker chicken and Indian food was sounding pretty good. Just one of those random cravings I get from time to time. They hit me out of the blue for no reason at all. But when they do, I become pretty determined to satisfy that craving. Especially when I know I can do it in a clean and healthy way.

So I got into my kitchen and started playing around with the spices in my cabinet and this is what I came up with. I rubbed it under the skin of a whole chicken and added a couple other ingredients as well (recipe coming soon), and ended up with some really delicious chicken!

Turmeric Chicken Rub Ingredients

3 tbsp. ground turmeric

2 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground black pepper

¼ tsp. ground cloves

How To Make Turmeric Chicken Rub

Stir all the spices together in a small mixing bowl until well combined.

Store in an air-tight container in your spice cabinet.

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Turmeric Chicken Rub

Don’t let chicken get boring. If you love Indian inspired flavors, this could be the chicken rub for you!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 50kcal


  • 3 tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves


  • Stir all the spices together in a small mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Store in an air-tight container in your spice cabinet.


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


Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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  1. Indian food is my favorite. They have mastered how to combine flavors together for an amazing meal. I’ll have to try this chicken rub out.

  2. Hi, my name is Wendy and I am a GP stalker…..

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      WendyJ – LOL!!!

  3. I used this as a marinade for thin sliced chicken by adding some olive oil and that cut some flavor so I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and cayenne before cooking. Swapped the cloves for nutmeg because that’s what I had. Was fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I devoured it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Wonderful! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it! 🙂

  4. This is in my crockpot now. It smells delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂