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Chimichurri 'Cued Chicken

Quentin Bacon
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Stand time 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 piece chicken and 1/4 cup sauce)
This barbecued chicken naturally pairs perfectly with the garlicky taste of chimichurri sauce.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Olive oil for brushing grill
  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • 9 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 1 poblano chile, stem removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, stem removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 336
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • monofat 9 g
  • polyfat 3 g
  • protein 38 g
  • carbohydrate 6 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 112 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 585 mg
  • calcium 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rub chicken with pepper. In a bowl, combine orange zest, chili powder, and salt. Rub evenly over chicken. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat grill.

  3. For the Chimichurri Sauce, process garlic, bay leaves, chiles, salt, and 1/4 cup vinegar in a blender; process until a paste forms, scraping down sides as needed. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in parsley, oregano, and basil. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, oil and 2 tablespoons hot water until well-combined. Keep at room temperature until serving. (Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.)

  4. Lightly brush grill rack with oil. Place the chicken, skin side down, on grill, and cook, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes or until well-browned on all sides and the internal temperature reaches 165° when tested with a meat thermometer. Arrange the chicken on a platter, and serve Chimichurri Sauce on the side. Remove skin before eating chicken.

Cook's Notes

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