Chimichurri Crispy Chicken

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes and PACKED full of flavor. You’ll love this dish!

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes and PACKED full of flavor. You'll love this dish!

I did it. I finally started watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix.

I’m deep into the true crime rabbit hole and now I’m all in investigation mode. This is why I can’t watch shows like this. I get so involved and then I get outraged.

I felt the same away about season 1 of Serial.

That podcast totally sucked me in and Sarah Koenig’s voice is perfect for listening to.

Ok now that I say that out loud I sound like a total freak BUT it’s true. You know it.

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes and PACKED full of flavor.

However, when I’m not obsessed about true crime and murder you can find me crushing on chicken thighs.

I cannot get enough.

This chicken dish gives you a super crispy skin (like so crunchy it sounds like a potato chip when you take a bite) and is then topped with the most flavorful chimichurri sauce of all time.

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

I love using chicken thighs for dishes like this because they turn out super juicy and flavorful.

The crispy chicken aspect of this recipe comes from my famous crispy pan roasted chicken thighs recipe.

Which I should admit to eating at least twice a month because I can never get enough.

BUT then I went and blew the whole damn thing up by throwing on chimichurri sauce.

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this sauce tastes.

It’s packed full of freshly chopped parsley, cilantro, hot red cherry pepper, shallots, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

If it was socially acceptable I would probably drink the sauce but since that’s not cool I just smothered my chicken in it.

It’s also great smothered on beef….do it!

Love this chimichurri crispy chicken recipe?

Looking for more chicken thigh recipes? Try my citrus herb roasted chicken thighs, cilantro lime chicken thighs or my maple ginger chicken thighs.


Chimichurri Crispy Chicken

This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes and PACKED full of flavor. You'll love this dish!

Yield: 4-6 chicken thighs and about 1 cup sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


For chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced spicy red cherry pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

For chicken: 

  • 4-6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil


For chimichurri sauce:
Add parsley, cilantro, garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar to a small food processor. Blend until combined and the herbs are broken down but completely broken down.

Pour into a small bowl and stir in shallots, spicy red cherry pepper, fresh oregano, kosher salt and black pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. If the sauce is too thick you can thin it out with more olive oil if desired.

Cover and let sit for about 2 hours before serving. Keep any leftover sauce in the refrigerator.

For chicken:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Lay out chicken thighs and trim off any extra skin.

Cover the skin of the chicken with a desired amount of kosher salt and black pepper.

In a small (oven safe!) skillet set over medium heat add coconut oil. Let the oil melt and get hot.

Once the oil is hot add chicken into the skillet, skin side down. The oil needs to be hot enough so that when you place the chicken into the oil it sizzles.

Let the chicken cook for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes place the chicken in the oven for another 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes flip the chicken and cook for another 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before covering in sauce.



This chimichurri crispy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner. Ready in just about 30 minutes and PACKED full of flavor. You'll love this dish!


33 Responses to “Chimichurri Crispy Chicken”

  1. #
    Tori — January 4, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Yumness! I love chimichurri and it’s so good with any kind of meat! This is making me super hungry!

  2. #
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — January 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

    My mom has always been a fan of true crime, so I grew up watching the stuff. I have yet to see Making a Murderer but I hear about it everywhere! These chicken thighs look perfect!

  3. #
    DessertForTwo — January 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

    My favorite flavors! Stunning!

  4. #
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — January 4, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I LOVE cooking chicken thighs this way! There’s nothing better than that crunch!

  5. #
    TidyMom — January 4, 2016 at 8:46 am

    love all the flavors in this recipe!!

    My daughters just binge watched Making of a Murderer, they were hooked. It’s next on my watch list

  6. #
    Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box — January 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Wow, this looks gorgeous and delicious! I just want to have it for breakfast.

  7. #
    Christie — January 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Chicken thighs rock and you have incredibly crispy skin on them. I would be happy to eat them and all of the flavorful sauce.

  8. #
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — January 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I am nursing a similar obsession to Vampire Diaries on Netflix – but thank goodness it’s Netflix cos I don’t have to wait a whole week to get my fix or know what happens – right? 🙂
    BTW – Brandy I adore chicken thighs too and love the sound of this crispy chicken with that herbed sauce! Totally delicious! Happy New Year to you!

  9. #
    Laura — January 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Completely sold–on the chicken and the chimichurri! I adore chicken skin and so many people pass it by these days.

  10. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I can’t get over how crispy this is!! I need it asap!!

  11. #
    Natasha @ Salt and Lavender — January 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Wow this does look great! That crispy skin omg.

  12. #
    Terri/Love and Confections — January 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite condiments – never had it on crispy chicken, but I plan to soon!

  13. #
    The Food Hunter — January 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The sauce sounds amazing and so vibrant in color

  14. #
    Linda @ Food Huntress — January 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Some beautiful flavors in chimichurri and I’m interested in how you keep the chicken crispy. Yum!~

  15. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I always think of chimichurri for steak…and now I’ve got to try it on this crispy chicken!

  16. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — January 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Oh my word, that chimichurri sauce looks so fresh and delicious! I absolutely love this!

  17. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — January 4, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    So wishing I was having this for dinner tonight!

  18. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Crime and murder don’t usually have me craving chicken thighs, but your recipe makes me see things differently. Love chicken thighs so much! I might even kill for them. LOL

  19. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — January 4, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    This is seriously amazing…I had fried chicken for dinner but it looked nothing like this. And I’m sure it didn’t taste nearly as incredible as your’s.

  20. #
    Julia — January 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I am making this! I love chimichurri sauce and topping it on chicken is perfect. Oh, and the crispy factor is a big plus!

  21. #
    Carol Borchardt — January 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    LOVE chimichurri! I always paired it with beef before but chicken is genius and yes, the crispy skin is a BIG plus!

  22. #
    Maria — January 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    You had me at chimi-churri sauce! Yumm-O!

  23. #
    Erin — January 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. I feel like if we ever met up, we would get along great. 😉 This recipe looks like such a great weeknight addition. I could just eat chimichurri sauce with a fork, or spoon.

  24. #
    Megan Keno — January 4, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Seriously, I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken more flavorful and juicy! This sounds so delcious, I would love to pair it with some mashed potatoes!

  25. #
    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama — January 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I LOVE cooking with chicken thighs! Not only are they super flavorful, but they are crazy budget friendly too. Loving this recipe- that sauce looks delicious! 🙂

  26. #
    Jeff — January 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Brandy, this Chimichurri Crispy Chicken of yours definitely look crazy good! I’m drooling. Thanks for sharing, my friend. 🙂 And, to you and yours… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  27. #
    Beth — January 5, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I have some friends who live in Wisconsin so they are all going to Manitowoc and taking pictures of the “Avery Road” sign. That series was so good!!

  28. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — January 5, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I love the idea of this dish and I need to give your pan roasted chicken thigh method a try. It sounds fantastic!

  29. #
    Lora @savoringitaly — January 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I’m so with you on true crime shows and am now about to start that show on Netflix (I chose instead the Bachelor last night…I needed some laughs!!). Ok, so this I totally want to have for lunch and then for dinner! Love the fresh herbs. Happy New Year, Brandy!

  30. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — January 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I’m totally crushing on the chimichurri sauce! If, and that’s a big one,’ I had any leftover I could think of some things to enjoy it on!

  31. #
    Kim Beaulieu — January 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    This recipes looks and sounds so flavourful. I could eat a boatload of this chicken. Plus it’s just so darn pretty, and I just think pretty food tastes better.

  32. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — January 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I didn’t really get into that show the first time we watched … but I want to give it another go. As for this delightful recipe. YUM. Chimichurri is a love, a weakness, a kryptonite for me … and that crispy chicken looks perfect and amazing. mmm.

  33. #
    Erik Eman — February 6, 2016 at 12:24 am

    I truly enjoyed making this recipe and experiencing Chimichurri for the first time. Thank you!

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