Chimichurri Chicken


Chimichurri is a no-cook herby-garlicky sauce from Argentina and Uruguay. It's delicious on grilled proteins and vegetables. Here, we use it to double the flavor of basic grilled chicken breasts. The chicken is both baked with and topped with this flavor-packed sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves

  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, chopped

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4 pieces, or 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place parsley, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor. Process until mostly pureed.

  3. Stir cumin and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over chicken and place the chicken on a baking sheet. Remove 3 tablespoons of the chimichurri sauce and use it to baste both sides of the chicken. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, 17 to 22 minutes. Serve the chicken with the remaining chimichurri sauce.


To make ahead: Refrigerate chimichurri sauce (Step 2) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
17g Fat
3g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 piece chicken & 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 47%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 1591IU 32%
Vitamin C 28mg 32%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 32mg 8%
Potassium 318mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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