This is one of my favourite easy supper dishes. Perfect for cold days and incredibly nourishing. Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices and when combined with ginger and garlic makes this a powerful. For speed you can make use of bags of mixed stir fry vegetables. Prawns would also be delicious instead of the chicken. For a low carb option try using courgette noodles or  noodles from Konjac. For a vegan version use firm tofu and omit the fish suace. Pan fry the tofu pieces until golden then remove from the pan and add at the end of cooking.

Indonesian Chicken Curry with Courgette Noodles


Difficulty – Easy

Time – 15 minutes cooking. Marinate for 30 minutes

Serves – 4

What’s good about it?

Turmeric is the ultimate healthy spice. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It is best absorbed with a little fat and black pepper added so using it in curry dishes are an ideal way of optimising its benefits. Coconut milk is another potent ingredient providing lauric acid to support immune function plus capyrilic acid known for its anti-microbial benefits.



  1. Finely chop the lemongrass stalks and place in a food processor or nutri bullet with the remaining marinade ingredients and blend well.
  2. Place the chicken in a container and pour over a little of the sauce and if time marinate overnight or for 30 minutes. If you don’t have time just skip this step.
  3. Heat the  oil in a large saute pan and add the chicken (reserve the marinade). Cook for 5 minutes until it starts to turn white and lightly golden.
  4. Add the sauce, vegetables and noodles and cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle over some spring onions and coriander leaves to serve.

Did You Know?

Use a spiraliser make vegetables noodles which can be used in a whole range of dishes – cooked and raw. I love using carrot, sweet potato, courgette, beetroot but you can also make fruity noodles with hard fruits like pears and apples. Spiralisers are a fabulous way to increase your intake of vegetables and keep the carbohydrate content of a recipe lower.

400g chicken breast, cut into small pieces (or use firm tofu)

1tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

100g shittake mushrooms sliced

2 pak choy sliced

150g mangetout

100g baby sweetcorn, sliced in half lengthways

Handful of bean sprouts

2 spring onions, chopped

handful of coriander leaves, chopped

cooked rice noodles, konjac noodles, buckwheat noodles I used these ones

Marinade / Sauce

1 lemongrass stalk

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

a little fresh root ginger,

1tbsp honey, xylitol

1tbsp garam masala

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

1tbsp fish sauce

2tbsp tamari soy sauce

1tsp mirin, optional

1 can of coconut milk