Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
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Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

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Chimichurri is a green sauce from South America that goes with grilled meats. My citrus version brightens up grilled chicken, which gets its juiciness from brining. —Tyffanie Perez, Springville, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce: 427 calories, 31g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk water, salt, honey and peels until salt is dissolved. Add chicken, making sure it's submerged. Refrigerate up to 2 hours.
  2. Pulse sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce for serving.
  3. Remove chicken; rinse and pat dry. Brush chicken with remaining sauce. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-6 minutes on each side. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2016, p24

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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LauraManning User ID: 968398 256368
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Great flavors! One of the best grilled chicken recipes I've had. The brine keeps the breast meat nice and moist during grilling."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 254372
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016


curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 250055
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"Moist, flavorful chicken. The chimichurri sauce was fresh and would also be good on fish or steak. I had a little leftover chicken that I cut up and used in quesadillas and that turned out great!"

Beema User ID: 446601 249419
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"I trimmed this down for just one, using one half chicken breast, but I made the whole batch of the chimichurri sauce.. I will find other uses for it. So good. Excellent flavor. Like others, I did this in the broiler of my oven with good success."

buffetfan User ID: 4035139 249169
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"This dish was well received by my family and company. I did pound my chicken so it was even and would cook evenly. It was beautifully moist with great flavor after grilling. I did not have Kosher salt so I used sea salt with great results. I felt the chimichurri sauce needed a tad more salt so I added about 1/4 teaspoon more. The sauce gives a fresh flavor to the dish. Definitely a keeper."

joossm10 User ID: 5187567 248879
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"Delicious and moist. I broiled my chicken. It was larger than 6 oz, so I had to broil longer. My husband loved it and it was good as leftovers. I didn't have Kosher salt, so I just used 3T of table salt instead."

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