Turmeric Braised Chicken with Golden Beets and Leeks Recipe

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Lydia Published: February 2, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Turmeric Braised Chicken with Golden Beets and Leeks

Loaded with complex flavors, this braised chicken has layers of herbs and vegetables that create a vibrant broth and lend it a rich, irresistible taste.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 2leeks,(white and light green parts only)
  • 4golden beets,(1 bunch), scrubbed, with their greens
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2tspground turmeric,divided
  • 1tspground ginger
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ¼cuplemon juice,freshly squeezed
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 4chicken drumsticks,skinless, on the bone
  • 4chicken thighs,skinless, on the bone
  • ½cupwhite wine


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse them, fanning out the outer layers to wash away any grit. Slice the cleaned leeks into thin half-moons.

  3. Remove the greens from the beets. Rinse them and coarsely chop. Halve the beets and cut each section into four wedges.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, toss the leeks, beets, and beet greens together with the garlic, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ginger, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish or casserole pan and arrange in an even layer.

  5. Add the chicken and the other teaspoon of turmeric to the mixing bowl and toss to coat in the remaining turmeric mixture. Transfer the chicken legs to the baking dish and nestle in the beet mixture.

  6. Drizzle any of the remaining marinade over the top of the chicken and pour the wine around the sides of the dish.

  7. Roast, uncovered, for about 1 hour until the chicken is fork-tender and the beets are soft.


  • Calories: 798.62kcal
  • Fat: 51.43g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.02g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.30g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 10.16g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.41g
  • Fiber: 3.58g
  • Sugar: 8.02g
  • Protein: 58.27g
  • Cholesterol: 311.50mg
  • Sodium: 843.05mg
  • Calcium: 73.19mg
  • Potassium: 1100.85mg
  • Iron: 4.92mg
  • Vitamin A: 101.59µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.74mg
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