February Recipe of the Month– Turmeric Chicken Stew

Heart Healthy Recipe for February!

By Dr. Brittany Schmidt


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and onion; cook and stir until onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggplant, garlic, ginger, and turmeric; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Pour in broth and simmer stew until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Fun Fact:  A study conducted by Aston University’s Dr. Eric Lattman found that for bites of King Cobra, turmeric is the natural anti-venom. Although, if you find yourself with a King Cobra bite, hold off on reaching for the turmeric and be sure to seek emergency treatment immediately.


Recipe from: allrecipes.com accessed on 01/15/2018
Image found via Google Images and labeled as “free to share and use even commercially.” 01/15/2018
Fun fact courtesy of: factslegend.org accessed on 01/15/2018

Lattmann, E., Sattayasai, J., Sattayasai, N., Staaf, A., Phimmasone, S., Schwalbe, C. H. and Chaveerach, A. (2010), In-vitro and in-vivo antivenin activity of 2-[2-(5,5,8a-trimethyl-2-methylene-decahydro-naphthalen-1-yl)-ethylidene]-succinaldehyde against Ophiophagus hannah venom. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 62: 257–262. doi:10.1211/jpp.62.02.0014