Chimichurri Chicken

Pan Seared Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a wonderful green garlicky and zesty sauce originating from Argentina.  The origins of the name and the sauce is unclear but there is a theory that the name of the sauce comes from the Basque term tximitxurri, loosely translated as “a mixture of several things in no particular order”.  The sauce is best served with grilled meat.  In light of the recent wet Washington weather, I was forced to whip this dish up indoors.  It’s still quite delicious either way but if you have the option to grill, go for it.  The sauce works as a marinade, topping and dipping sauce! Enjoy!

Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
The Sauce
The Chicken
The Sauce
  1. Place all sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until chopped. Set aside.
The Chicken
  1. Using a sharp chef's or filet knife, slice each chicken breast horizontally into two even pieces.
  2. Place your chicken in a large sealable dish (for marinating). Evenly coat the chicken in salt and paprika. Add the lemon juice and vinegar (this will help tenderize the meat) and cover in 1/2 cup of your chimichurri sauce. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from dish and discard remaining marinade. Allow the chicken to reach room temperature before cooking.
  4. Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; coat pan evenly. Add chicken to pan; Cook for 5-6 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until done. The chicken should be golden brown and the juices should run clear.
  5. Remove from pan and top with chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!
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