Grilled chicken marinated in homemade chimichurri sauce – fire up your grill for this easy and delicious entree recipe at your next barbecue.
You’re looking at my lollipop.
If there’s one meat I can eat like candy, it’s grilled chicken. Resisting the temptation to gorge myself on animal isn’t normally difficult for me, but when it comes to bone-in skin-on chicken, perfectly cooked chicken straight from the Q, there’s just no controlling this girl. Hand me a bib, skip the fork, let’s get a month’s-worth of protein in one shot, who-let-the-ravenous-raging-Marvel-Comic-menace-to-society-out? status.
I love the crispy skin, tender, juicy flesh, and am completely unopposed to fatty chicken juices dripping down my chin while I sink my teeth into the succulent meat. Like, I could describe in detail what biting skin-laden meat off a bone does to inner fibers of my loins, but I’ll leave that up to your imagination and just say grilled chicken is to me as m&m’s are to a tween.
^Animal nibblets are my crack, they are.
This summer, I’ve been whipping up pesto and chimichurri sauce like crazy, as the two sauces are so easy to prepare and they add freshness and spunk to everything from meat to roasted vegetables to salad.
In case you’re unfamiliar, chimichurri sauce originates from Argentina and is made with cilantro, parsley (sometimes other fresh herbs), red wine vinegar, garlic, and sometimes onion. It’s very typical in Argentina to serve grilled steak with the sauce. I prefer my chimichurri sauce to have more parsley than cilantro (sometimes I skip the cilantro altogether), and enjoy using lime juice instead of vinegar, just FTR.
All you do to prepare the sauce is blitz everything in your blender and lickety split, bangity boom, the result is a flavorful sauce that happens to be a perfect marinade for grilled chicken (or beef, fish, etc.). Marinate the chicken for just 15 minutes (to overnight) prior to tossing it on the grill, and you’ve got yourself a crispety crunchety luscious main event for all your picnics and barbecues.
ALSO! If you don’t have a grill or would like to make this in the dead of winter, no probs, you can bake this ish, too! The first time I set out to make this exact recipe, guess what happened? I ran out of propane. So I ended up baking the chicken in the oven – 400 degrees for 38ish minutes, if you can believe it! If you have more patience than I, you can cook the chicken slower – roughly 45 to 60 minutes at 375’ll do ya.
The baked version right here:
BUT then I refueled and made the grilled version. You guys. It’s almost comical how tasty this stuff is! If you have even the slightest inclination toward chicken, I recommend you flip your world upside down by marinating it in herby sauce and grilling it. I used some of the leftover chimichurri sauce for serving the chicken, and also used it as salad dressing for leftover grilled chicken salads. You know what side dish would go most excellently with this chicken? Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash with Pesto and Feta!
Lick that lollipop.
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