It’s cold out! What better way to warm up with this comforting bowl of Lemon Curry Chicken served with brown rice and broccolini. This lemon curry sauce is so amazing, I could almost drink it!

The sauce is so versatile it would be just as fantastic substituting the chicken with cauliflower and chickpeas, making it a vegetarian meal.


  • 1 ½ lbs chicken breast
  • 3 tbls ghee or cooking oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • optional: serve with brown rice and broccolini


  1. Dice chicken in 1 inch cubes, and sauté in 2 tbls ghee or oil until cooked through. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan you cooked the chicken, add the last tbls of ghee or oil, and stir in chopped onion. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, and then add the garlic. Sauté 1 minute longer being carful not to burn garlic.
  3. Add turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon, poppy seeds, and cumin to pan, stirring for 1 -2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in coriander, and take off the heat.
  4. Put the onion spice mixture in a blender, add yogurt and lemon juice and blend well.
  5. Add salt and pepper, and pour mixture over cooked chicken. Garnish with chopped scallions.
  6. Serve over brown rice and roasted broccolini if desired.
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Claudia Laffin

Claudia Laffin is a food photographer and owner of The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef, serving clients in and around Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a health food advocate and natural lifestyle follower for over 20 years. During that time she enjoyed working in numerous stores in the health food industry, including Earth Fare! Claudia’s desire to bring health food to more people motivated her to start her personal chef business. She loves cooking healthy, organic, non processed and delicious food for busy families in their own homes and helping them find a path to a healthier life. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see what new things she’s cooking up!