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Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce

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


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, whisk water, salt, honey and zests until salt is dissolved. Add chicken, making sure it's submerged. Refrigerate up to 2 hours.
  • Pulse sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce for serving.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • LauraManning
    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
    Sep 20, 2016


  • curlylis85
    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
    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
    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
    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.