This is one of my family favourite recipes but it is also ideal as a post workout meal. Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices and when combined with ginger and garlic makes this a powerful anti-inflammatory dish to aid injury and repair following exercise. I use courgette noodles in this dish to keep it low carb and paleo friendly but if you wanted a bit more carb you could use buckwheat noodles or chunks of sweet potato. For speed make use of bags of mixed stir fry vegetables. Prawns, fish fillet would also be delicious instead of the chicken. If you want to see me make this recipe watch our video here

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 lower part of the lemongrass stalks and place in a food processor or nutri bullet. Add the remaining marinade ingredients and blend to form a thick sauce
  2. Place the chicken in a container and pour over a little of the sauce and if time marinate overnight or for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan or wok. Saute the chicken until it starts to turn white and lightly golden.
  4. Add the stir fry vegetables, noodles and remaining sauce and stir simmering for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle over some 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.

8 chicken thighs boneless and skinless, cut into small cubes

1tbsp coconut oil for frying

fresh coriander leaves

300g -400g bag of mixed stir fry vegetables

Handful of courgette noodles or cooked buckwheat noodles


2 lemongrass stalks

handful of coriander chopped

1/2 red onion

3 garlic cloves

a little fresh root ginger

2tbsp coconut sugar or xylitol

2tsp curry powder

1tsp turmeric

salt and pepper

2tbsp fish sauce

2tbsp tamari soy sauce

½ can / 200ml full fat coconut milk