Chimichurri Roast Chicken

I don't know about you, but my CSA box is overflowing with greens right now.  I'm getting more kale, chard, collard greens, parsley, oregano, mustard greens and arugula than I know what to do with.  So in an effort to take advantage of these yummy greens before they go bad, I decided to make a chimichurri sauce, an Argentinian specialty, that can be used with practically anything, but I decided to pair it with roast chicken and vegetables.

Chimichurri is great for roasted vegetables, a side for grilled and roasted meats and just about anything you can think of except maybe ice cream.

Chimichurri is great for roasted vegetables, a side for grilled and roasted meats and just about anything you can think of except maybe ice cream.

Here's what you need for the Chimichurri:

  • a bunch of parsley (the standard amount you buy at a grocery store)
  • 4 T of fresh oregano pulled off the stems
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 4 T of dried chili pepper (more or less of this if you want it spicier/less spicy)
  • 4 T paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 basil leaf
  • olive oil

What to do:

  1. Coarsely chop the parsley and oregano.
  2. Combine with the rest of the ingredients (excluding the basil leaf) in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped and well mixed.
  3. Put the parsley mixture into a glass bowl and add the basil leaf.  
  4. Pour the olive oil over the parsley mixture until it comes to about a fingers width above the parsley mixture.
  5. Allow to sit for 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
Here is the roasted chicken with chimichurri sauce served alongside roasted sunchokes and parsnips and sauteed kale.

Here is the roasted chicken with chimichurri sauce served alongside roasted sunchokes and parsnips and sauteed kale.

For the chicken:

What you need:

  • 2 pounds of chicken thighs
  • Chimichurri sauce (above)

What to do:

  1. Combine the chicken thighs with the desired amount of chimichurri sauce and allow to marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cook the chicken at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!