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chicken thighs topped with chimichurri

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri

Juicy, tender, grilled boneless skinless chicken thighs are served with a flavor-packed chimichurri sauce that is used as both a marinade and topping.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Argentinian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 444kcal
Author Ann Otis


  • ½ cup fresh cilantro fresh
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 small shallot peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • ½ jalapeno pepper seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs*


  • In a food processor, combine the cilantro, parsley, oregano, shallot, garlic, and jalapeño.
  • Add the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and pulse until well combined and finely chopped.
  • Place the chicken in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper, and cover with a ¼ cup of the chimichurri. Turn to coat the chicken completely. Marinate for 20 minutes to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Take the chicken out of the fridge to warm up slightly while heating the grill to medium high. Cook the chicken about 5-6 minutes per side, until juices run clear.
  • Serve with extra chimichurri on the side.


*Chicken breasts, drumsticks, or bone-in thighs may be used instead. If using chicken breasts, cut them in half if they are large, and pound to ½ inch thick, if necessary. They will cook more quickly than thighs, around 4 minutes per side. Bone-in cuts will cook more slowly, so give them a couple of extra minutes.
*Although chimichurri sauce will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, it tastes best when used within 1-2 days.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg