Grilled Chimichurri Chicken

By Rena |

You will love how juicy, tender, and delicious this grilled Chimichurri Chicken is. It is easy to make and takes just 15 minutes on the grill. Perfect for lunch, dinner, and outdoor potlucks.

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This chimichurri chicken recipe is the most flavorful chicken dish you will ever have. It is so tasty, juicy, and bursting with flavor. A delicious grilled chicken recipe that’s perfect for summer for your outdoor grilling, or during the winter using an indoor grill. The chicken breast is marinated with homemade chimichurri sauce, grilled to perfection, and then topped with more chimichurri sauce. Serve this simple and healthy grilled chicken breast recipe over salads or as a main dish with roasted veggies. This recipe will be a huge hit and will be your go-to chicken recipe after you try it.

why you will love this grilled chicken recipe

  • Simple and easy: This chimichurri chicken recipe takes little effort to make. Simple and takes just 15 minutes on the grill.
  • Healthy: lean chicken breast grilled to perfection with a homemade chimichurri sauce. High in protein and low in carbs. Perfect for those looking for keto-friendly dishes. They are also perfect for meal prepping.
  • Delicious: so much flavor in this chimichurri chicken. You will love how tender, juicy, and flavorful this chicken breast recipe turns out.
close up grilled chicken breast with chimichurri sauce

Ingredients you will need

skinless boneless chicken breasts
fresh parsley
fresh cilantro
green onions
garlic cloves
red chili
dried oregano
dried basil
olive oil
red or white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

ingredients to make chimichurri chicken

How to make chimichurri chicken

  • Make the chimichurri marinade: To a small bowl, add the parsley, cilantro, onions, garlic, chili, oregano, and basil. Add the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper and mix well to combine.  Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes.
ingredients to make chimichurri marinade
  • Marinate the chicken: Pour about ⅓ of the chimichurri sauce over the chicken and toss to completely coat. Reserve the remaining chimichurri to serve with the chicken; make sure it doesn’t touch the raw meat. Allow the chicken to marinate for 15-20 minutes.
chicken marinated with the chimichurri sauce
  • Grill the chicken: Preheat a grill pan or your outside grill on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until fully cooked through. 
  • Finally serve: Serve with the remaining chimichurri sauce and enjoy!
chicken breast grilled on the grill pan

recipe note and tips

  • Use lean chicken breasts. If you prefer to use chicken thighs, you can use boneless chicken thighs instead.
  • Alternate source of protein could be shrimp or steaks
  • You may use an outdoor or indoor grill
  • Must use fresh parsley and fresh garlic
  • Do not overcook the chicken so it’s not too dry and rubbery
  • If you can, do marinate the chicken unless you are in a rush you can skip marinating.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
grilled chicken breast with chimichurri sauce on the side

frequently asked questions

What is chimichurri made of?

Chimichurri is made of fresh parsley, chili flakes or peppers, fresh garlic cloves, oregano, olive oil, and vinegar.

what is the difference between chimichurri and pesto?

Even though these two sauces are similar in the sense that they are both green, they are actually quite different in taste and ingredients used to make them. Pesto is primarily made of nuts, fresh basil, cheese, and olive oil. Whereas chimichurri is made with fresh parsley, vinegar, garlic, and chili peppers and does not require nuts, cheese, and uses less oil.

How long will homemade chimichurri last?

If you end up with leftover Homemade chimichurri sauce, it has a shelf life of 2 weeks when stored in the fridge. The chimichurri chicken will last 3-4 days in the fridge.

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Grilled Chimichurri Chicken

Tender and juicy chicken breast grilled to perfect with homemade chimichurri sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
marinate: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 green onions green parts only and finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 red chili deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To a small bowl, add the parsley, cilantro, onions, garlic, chili, oregano and basil. Add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix well to combine.
  • Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes.
  • Pour about ⅓ of the chimichurri sauce over the chicken and toss to completely coat. Reserve the remaining chimichurri to serve with the chicken; make sure it doesn’t touch the raw meat.
  • Allow the chicken to marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat a grill pan or your outside grill on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until fully cooked through.
  • Serve with the remaining chimichurri sauce and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use lean chicken breasts. If you prefer to use chicken thighs, you can use boneless chicken thighs instead.
  • Alternate source of protein could be shrimp or steaks
  • You may use an outdoor or indoor grill
  • Must use fresh parsley and fresh garlic
  • Do not overcook the chicken so it’s not too dry and rubbery
  • If you can, do marinate the chicken unless you are in a rush you can skip marinating.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 973IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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