Ken Addington Recipe Turmeric Chicken Spring Cooking Five Leaves Soho Diner Chef

Grandlife guide

Cookin’ with Ken Addington

back to list

The chef and restaurateur shares his recipe for Turmeric Braised Chicken with lemon, artichoke and spring peas. 

New York native, chef and restaurateur Ken Addington has a knack for creating casual yet elevated, modern food inspired by rustic ideas. You may have tasted some of his finest creations at local eateries such as Five Leaves in Greenpoint and the newly opened Soho Diner. Whether you’re already a fan or yet to be properly introduced to Ken’s cooking, now is the time to get your chef’s knife at the ready and prepare one of his recipes at home. 

As Ken tells us, “This dish is warm, bright and versatile—perfect for any time of year.” He also shares a few tips to keep in mind when preparing the meal: “I encourage you to use the core ingredients as the base, adding different vegetables depending on the season, like okra or zucchini in summer, butternut squash and kale in the wintertime, or as in this case, peas and artichokes in early spring, when there’s still a chill in the air. Serve with steamed rice, quinoa or hearty greens on the side.” 

TURMERIC BRAISED CHICKEN WITH LEMON, ARTICHOKE & SPRING PEAS 

4 organic chicken leg

4 organic chicken thigh

SPICE MIX 

2 tsp sea salt

2tsp freshly ground black pepper

2Tbs ground turmeric

2tsp ground coriander seed

1tsp whole cumin seed

1tsp whole fennel seed

Pinch saffron, optional

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 artichoke hearts quartered

1 Spanish onion, diced

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf

1cup chicken broth,

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup fresh or frozen Sweet Peas

1/2 cup green olives such as picholine, pitted and chopped

4 radish thinly sliced

½  cup fresh mint, dill and cilantro coarsely torn

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Mix all spices except for the saffron together with the salt and use the spice mix to lightly season the chicken.

Heat an oven-ready skillet or dutch oven, large enough to hold all of the chicken parts over a medium-high flame and add half of the olive oil to the pan.

When Skillet is hot, lower flame slightly and artichoke hearts, brown lightly and remove from pan and set aside.

Add chicken parts to the hot pan, skin side down to brown 6-7 min then flip and sear the other side lightly for 3mins. 

Remove chicken from pan and set to rest.

Add onions to the pan and cook out till just becoming translucent; add garlic and continue to sweat together; add remaining spices and saffron and cook out for a few minutes more.

Add chicken stock to the pan and bring to simmer; add the olives and chicken back to the pan skin side up and transfer to the oven. 

Bake for 30 mins.

In a mixing bowl toss together the rough chopped herbs, shaved radish and Lemon zest

Pull pan out of oven and place back onto burner with a low flame.

Remove the Chicken and set onto a serving plate.

Bring the pan sauce to simmer and reduce slightly.

Add peas and artichokes to heat through and finish with the lemon juice and salt to taste.

Pour the pan sauce over the chicken and garnish with herb-radish mix and serve.

WORDS Edwina Hagon

PHOTOGRAPHY Ken Addington 

You May Also Like

West Village Speakeasies Worth Speaking About

West Village Speakeasies Worth Speaking About

art & design
food & drink
stories
For cocktail connoisseurs looking to avoid the crowds and discreetly imbibe, head to these cleverly concealed hideaways.
5 to Try: Downtown Specialty Food Stores

5 to Try: Downtown Specialty Food Stores

food & drink
stories
From Spain-imported wine to fresh mozzarella made in Little Italy and more—swing by these five specialty stores with your largest tote bag in tow.
Holidays in the City: On Film

Holidays in the City: On Film

film
stories
Our favorite films set during NYC’s most loved season along with a few notable locations you can still visit today.
Alphabet City's Best Bets

Alphabet City's Best Bets

art & design
bars & nightlife
food & drink
stories
From a restaurant serving authentic Northern Italian dishes to a cool and very cheeky cabaret bar, we've rounded up the best spots, from A to Z.
Best Sweat

Best Sweat

wellness
stories
Five spots to help you ring in the New Year more mindfully—from decadent spas to boutique fitness studios.
Winter getaway escape New York Rivertown Lodge Scribner's Hasbrouck House Troutbeck Inn Deer Mountain Inn The Arnold House

Top Picks for a Winter Getaway

travel
stories
Wood-burning fireplaces, alpine-inspired cuisine, rustic charm—our guide to New York’s best winter stays. 
cocktail on a smooth wooden table, with a fire reflection in the background

Where to Drink Downtown this Winter

bars & nightlife
stories
We’ve lined up five of the coziest wintertime spots—yep, some with fireplaces.
Black and white photo of Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop.

The Heyday of Punk & New Wave Through Chris Stein’s Lens

art & design
music
photography
stories
Iconic images by the famed photographer are on show at The Roxy this December and January in collaboration with Morrison Hotel Gallery.
Choose Your Stay
logo-sg
The Hotel That Made Soho Grand
Meet Me At The Roxy
Book Now