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grilled chicken breast topped with fresh green chimichurri

Grilled Chicken with Blood Orange Chimichurri

Grilled chicken never has to be boring again. All you have to do is add a vibrant herb-citrus sauce and a kiss of smoke from the grill. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chimichurri, grilled chicken
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 596 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 2 fresno peppers
  • 2 tbsp shallot diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 chicken breasts


  1. Mince the herbs and peppers.

  2. Combine in a bowl with the shallot, olive oil, vinegar, juice of the blood orange, salt and pepper.

  3. Set aside about 1/2 cup of the marinade for later.

  4. Place the chicken breasts in a zip-top bag. Pour in the remaining marinade. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

  5. Prepare the grill with a direct and indirect heat zone. The direct heat zone should be about medium to medium-high heat. You should be able to hold your hand about 5 inches over the coals for 4-5 seconds.

  6. Add the marinated chicken to the grill, directly over the coals. Add the lid to the grill, and cook for 4 minutes.

  7. Flip. Cover. Cook for another 4 minutes.

  8. Move the chicken to the indirect heat zone. Continue cooking, until the internal temperature reaches 156F degrees, about 5-10 minutes.

  9. Remove the chicken to a serving platter and top with the reserved chimichurri sauce.


If you don't care for cilantro, you can substitute flat-leaf parsley. 

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken with Blood Orange Chimichurri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 596 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 658mg29%
Potassium 952mg27%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 20.5mg25%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.