FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Home > Main Course > Chimichurri Chicken Recipe

Chimichurri Chicken Recipe

Chimichurri Chicken is chicken that is marinated in homemade Chimichurri Sauce then grilled (or sauteed) and topped with more of that vibrant fresh Argentinian Chimichurri.

Chimichurri sauce is not only an amazing topping for Steak, Grilled Pork, and protein, but it’s an incredible marinade. It is vibrant, healthy, packed with flavor, and doesn’t require lengthy marinating for tender, tasty chicken.

Chimichurri Chicken served on a skillet topped with Argentinian Chimichurri sauce

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

Chimichurri Chicken Recipe

Chimichurri sauce is a simple way to upgrade your chicken and make dinner exciting. You can sautee this on a skillet or put it on the grill – both methods work great, so you can enjoy Chicken with Chimichurri all year long. We love using staple sauces to elevate meats as we did with Bruschetta Chicken and Pesto Chicken. Once you have the Chimichurri sauce down (and it’s literally a 5-minute recipe), you’ll want this in your recipe repertoire. It adds so much fresh flavor. Here’s why we love this recipe:

  • Easy – the sauce is quick to make, keeps well, and serves as the marinade and topping in one.
  • Quick – The red wine vinegar in the sauce is a great tenderizer and you only need to marinate it for 15 minutes, although you can also marinate it overnight for a make-ahead option.
  • So Tasty – chimichurri is mouthwatering with all the fresh parsley and garlic. It’s one of the most exciting chicken recipes you’ll try.
  • Versatile – you can grill or sautee this chicken on the stovetop.
Piece of grilled chicken with Chimichurri sauce

Ingredients for Chicken with Chimichurri

This is one of the easiest chicken recipes and there are 3 simple parts to it:

  • Chicken thighs – we use thigh meat because it is juicier, more forgiving and naturally has more flavor.
  • Chimichurri saucehomemade chimichurri sauce is best because it’s loaded with fresh parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, and olive oil and seasoned with oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. We use half of it for the marinade and half of it for the topping.
  • Salt – we use 1/2 tsp of fine sea salt for perfectly seasoned chicken.
Chimichurri sauce and chicken thighs

Pro Tip: You can substitute the chicken thighs with chicken breast, but cut larger chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make thinner cutlets. You can also use chicken tenders, but keep in mind that light meat chicken will cook faster than dark meat chicken.

How to Make Chimichurri Chicken

Since the sauce doubles as the marinade and topping, this recipe is truly easy to make.

  1. Make Chimichurri – you’ll want to let it meld in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Marinate chicken – put the chicken into a bowl, add half of the chimichurri sauce and salt and stir to combine. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
  3. Cook – You can grill the chicken at 425˚F or over medium/high heat for about 5 minutes per side or sautee it over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side. For the stovetop, heat a skillet over medium heat with olive oil and sautee for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked through.
  4. Add more sauce – transfer the chicken to a serving platter and spoon the remaining Chimichurri sauce over the chicken pieces.
Step by step how to make Chimichurri Chicken on the grill

Pro Tip: Our best tip for the juiciest chicken is not to over-cook it. Chicken thighs when the internal temperature at the thickest point reaches 165˚F on an instant-read thermometer.

Skillet with thicken thighs topped with Chimichurri sauce

Serve With

Chimichurri chicken is definitely the star of the show as the main course which you will love. This means you can keep the side dishes simple and fuss-free. Serve this chicken with:

Chimichurri Chicken Recipe

5 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

You can make this Chimichurri Chicken on the grill or on the stovetop. Marinating the chicken in chimichurri sauce tenderizes it and topping with more chimichurri adds so much vibrant flavor. See all of our tips for making the Best Chimichurri here.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: $14-$18
Cost to Make: Easy
Keyword: chicken chimichurri, Chicken with Chimichurri, Chimichurri Chicken
Cuisine: Argentinian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 446
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

For the Chicken

For the Chimichurri Sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chimichurri sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl in the order listed. Stir together, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Place chicken into a mixing bowl and add 1/2 tsp salt and half of the prepared Chimichurri sauce. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes or refrigerate overnight if making ahead.*

  3. To Grill the Chicken: Preheat the grill over medium/high heat. Place chicken smooth-side-down on the hot grates, cover, and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165˚F at the thickest point with an instant-read thermometer.

  4. To Sautee the Chicken: Preheat a heavy skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add chicken smooth-side-down and sautee 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through and 165˚F at the thickest point.

  5. To Serve the chicken, arrange it on a platter and spoon on the remaining chimichurri sauce then serve right away.

Recipe Notes

*If marinating the chicken in the refrigerator overnight, take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before grilling to bring it to room temperature for even cooking. 

Nutrition Facts
Chimichurri Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 512mg22%
Potassium 381mg11%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 989IU20%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

Read more posts by Natasha

Read comments/reviewsAdd comment/review

  • Sylvie
    August 8, 2022

    Can I make this with skinless and boneless chicken thighs? I’ve made so many of your recipes and have loved every one of them!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 8, 2022

      Hi Sylvie. Yes, that should be fine. I’m so glad you love my recipes. Thank you 🙂

      Reply

  • Cathy J
    August 3, 2022

    Can you use slightly dried parsley instead of fresh? They sell it like that in grocery stores in the refrigerated section.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 3, 2022

      Hi Cathy, I usually use fresh for this recipe. If you happen to try that, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Carol
    July 29, 2022

    Hi Natasha. Can the chimichurri sauce be made and immediately coated on chicken to marinate together for 2 hrs or overnight? Or must we marinate the sauce separately then add the chicken?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 29, 2022

      Hi Carol, that would be fine.

      Reply

  • Rachel Thomas
    July 29, 2022

    What is one serving size? Nutritional info states 446 calories, how many chicken pieces/weight?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 29, 2022

      Hi Rachel, at the top of the recipe card I include the number of servings (which can be adjusted more or less). This recipe serves 6 so the serving size is 1 serving.

      Reply

  • Ann Baker
    July 28, 2022

    Really delicious – excellent flavor! Marinated skinless chicken thighs for about 2 hours then grilled. Would be excellent on chicken kabobs or even beef. The sauce is the boss!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 28, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Ann! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • https://www.hariniskitchen.com/
    July 28, 2022

    Hi, this recipe looks delicious and yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 28, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Jagoda
    July 27, 2022

    What a yummy recipe 🙂 I have replaced vinegar with lemon and otherwise prepared it by the book. The meal tasted great! 🙂 Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 27, 2022

      That’s great! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      Reply

  • Vickie Torre
    July 26, 2022

    Do you have a suggestion to cook this in a toaster oven type air fryer?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      Hi Vickie, I have not tried this in an air fryer to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Emma
    July 26, 2022

    I love your recipes! I’m looking forward to more of your recipes in the future! 🐔

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      Hi Emma, I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try from my website or channel.

      Reply

  • Dana
    July 26, 2022

    This was so packed with flavor! The Chimichurri really adds so much to the chicken and is so easy. Absolutely delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      Thank you for your good comments and feedback, Dana!

      Reply

  • Ninetta
    July 26, 2022

    Would you recommend trimming the fat from the chicken first?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      Hi Ninetta, we didn’t but you can if that is your preference.

      Reply

  • Diane V
    July 26, 2022

    My whole family loved it! We will definitely make it again, thank you.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      You’re so welcome, Diane!

      Reply

  • CP
    July 26, 2022

    Loved how this turned out. perfect in every way. Will be on a weekly rotation now.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 26, 2022

      Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Patricia
    July 26, 2022

    Natasha thank you for the delicious recipes I make for dinner on a weekly basis.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 26, 2022

      You’re very welcome, Patricia. So glad you enjoy this recipe!

      Reply

      • Shelly
        July 26, 2022

        I’m always amazed how simple, delicious, and interesting your recipes are. This dish is very good and my family devoured everything!

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          July 26, 2022

          Aww, so glad to hear that, Shelly! Thank you for sharing.

          Reply

  • Sandra
    July 26, 2022

    In the photo it looks like the chicken thighs are skinless, are they boneless as well?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 26, 2022

      Hi Sandra. Yes, the chicken thighs are boneless.

      Reply

Add comment/review

Leave a comment

Recipe Rating




As Featured On

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.