Sautéed with an aromatic blend of turmeric, cumin, garlic, onion, and ginger, rhubarb becomes a delicious, savory-leaning sauce. The mixture is then combined with a little broth and used as a simmer sauce for bonesless, skinless chicken breasts, imparting flavor to every bite.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2021


Credit: Kate Sears

Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dust with flour, tapping off excess. Heat a large oven proof skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Swirl in 2 tablespoons oil. Place chicken in skillet, skinned side down and cook until browned and easily releases from pan, about 4 minutes; flip and brown second side, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic, and ginger to pan. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric, and sugar and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Stir in broth and rhubarb and bring to a boil on top of stove.

  • Nestle chicken back into pan. Transfer to oven and roast until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. If rhubarb is still underdone, remove chicken to a plate, tent with foil and return pan to oven until rhubarb is just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. (Be careful, it's easy to overcook rhubarb and you don't want it to completely fall apart.) Stir in cilantro, then return chicken to pan, turning to coat in sauce. Serve chicken and sauce over rice or with flatbread, sprinkled with more cilantro.

Cook's Notes

Shop for chicken breasts that are on the smaller side for this recipe; if working with large, you can halve on the diagonal and remove the smaller, pointed ends first so they don't overcook.